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

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...

October STEM Activities For Programs

October STEM Activities For Programs

 NASA Space Place – NASA Science for Kids - Activities include an art challenge, Color Your Universe, and How Far Away is the Moon?  Education at home | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (noaa.gov) - Citizen science, hands-on activities, mobile resources...

What’s Happening Next

Introducing Artificial Intelligence Using Curiosity Machine | Oct 14, 2021

Join Technovation and a global community of Educators as we gather to discuss and learn how to best support our students in STEM. About this event: Artificial intelligence can be fun, hands-on, and connected to real life, even for kids. In this training for educators...

Exploration of Careers that use an Engineering Mindset: The Possible Futures Curriculum: Part 1 | Oct 14, 2021

Part 1 of two 75-minute sessions with Jobs for the Future (JFF), where you’ll learn how to use JFF’s free Possible Futures (PF) Engineering and Design curriculum unit to introduce students to careers that require an engineering mindset. How? The interactive lessons...

Exploration of Careers that use an Engineering Mindset: The Possible Futures Curriculum: Part 2 | Nov 3, 2021

Part 2 of how to use JFF’s free Possible Futures Engineering and Design curriculum unit to introduce students to careers that require an engineering mindset. How? The interactive lessons for grades 6-10 have students assume the role of professionals in the engineering...

What’s Happening Next

Introducing Artificial Intelligence Using Curiosity Machine | Oct 14, 2021

Join Technovation and a global community of Educators as we gather to discuss and learn how to best support our students in STEM. About this event: Artificial intelligence can be fun, hands-on, and connected to real life, even for kids. In this training for educators...

Exploration of Careers that use an Engineering Mindset: The Possible Futures Curriculum: Part 1 | Oct 14, 2021

Part 1 of two 75-minute sessions with Jobs for the Future (JFF), where you’ll learn how to use JFF’s free Possible Futures (PF) Engineering and Design curriculum unit to introduce students to careers that require an engineering mindset. How? The interactive lessons...

Exploration of Careers that use an Engineering Mindset: The Possible Futures Curriculum: Part 2 | Nov 3, 2021

Part 2 of how to use JFF’s free Possible Futures Engineering and Design curriculum unit to introduce students to careers that require an engineering mindset. How? The interactive lessons for grades 6-10 have students assume the role of professionals in the engineering...

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.