Afterschool Matters in South Dakota

Afterschool Matters in South Dakota

State of Afterschool: South Dakota on the Map

Over one-third of South Dakota counties do not have an afterschool or summer learning program. Learn more about the current landscape of out-of-school time in our state with our interactive map.

Meet Billy Mawhiney

Our new Executive Director! 

With years of afterschool experience at Boys & Girls Clubs and a passion for expanding advocacy across South Dakota, Billy is thrilled to take on this new role!

Reach for the Stars with STEM

From engaging girls in STEM learning to easy activities for programs, our STEM resource center has ideas for everyone!

State of Afterschool: South Dakota on the Map

Over one-third of South Dakota counties do not have an afterschool or summer learning program. Learn more about the current landscape of out-of-school time in our state with our interactive map.

Meet Billy Mawhiney

 Our new Executive Director! 

With years of afterschool experience at Boys & Girls Clubs and a passion for expanding advocacy across South Dakota, Billy is thrilled to take on this new role!

Reach for the Stars with STEM

From engaging girls in STEM learning to easy activities for programs, our STEM resource center has ideas for everyone!

On The Blog

Become An Afterschool Champion

Become An Afterschool Champion

We kicked off 2022 with an inspiring Fireside Chat last week featuring Matt Watrous, Government Relations Midwest Director from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Dana Benjamin-Allen, Founder of Back of the Napkin Consulting. Matt and Dana shared insights into...

Top SDAN Moments of 2021

Top SDAN Moments of 2021

2021 was a groundbreaking year for the South Dakota Afterschool Network. As we close 2021 and look towards 2022, we want to highlight some of the top moments over the past year for the South Dakota Afterschool Network. Number 5 - The listening tour. When Billy became...

Billy’s 100 Day Plan for SDAN

Billy’s 100 Day Plan for SDAN

Billy Mawhiney, South Dakota Afterschool Network's new Executive Director is thrilled to take on this new position! During our October fireside chat, Billy sat down and shared his 100 Day plan as he begins this new role. Most importantly, Billy wants to hear and...

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Thank You To Our Partners

Your support is advancing afterschool and summer programs in South Dakota

The South Dakota Afterschool Network works to better our state and its communities by connecting providers, parents and policymakers with proven tools and resources to increase the quality of and access to out-of-school time programming for K-12 children and youth.

Afterschool is a lifeline that keeps youth safe, helps kids learn and grow, and provides parents the ability to work without worry. While South Dakota is home to more than 300 afterschool programs, the demand for programs exceeds available spaces. In fact, 1 in 3 South Dakota children (34 percent) who are not in an afterschool program would be enrolled if it were available. That’s more than 42,000 children who are missing out on opportunities to participate in programming that supports their development academically, socially and economically.

Afterschool can provide valuable opportunities for students to explore STEM, and we are here to help your program succeed in STEM Learning! From webinars and trainings to our signature TMC Trailers that bring turnkey STEM activities to your doorstep, our diverse collection of resources meets you and your students where you are and provides the support you need to deliver quality programming to your students at any age. 

The South Dakota Afterschool Network wanted to create a mapping tool to better understand the landscape of afterschool and summer programs available for children and families. From the initial launch of the new mapping tool, we have identified some startling findings.