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January Fireside Chat: Become an Afterschool Champion

January 12, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us on January 12th for an exciting Fireside Chat, Become an Afterschool Chamption With Special Guests Matt Watrous, Government Relations Midwest Director from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Dana Benjamin-Allen, Founder of Back of the Napkin Consulting.

During the conversation, we’ll hear from both speakers on all things advocacy and what it means to be a voice for afterschool.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America is the nation’s premier youth development organization. Their programs, training and services impact nearly 4 million children and teens every year. Boys & Girls Clubs of America employees are recognized as leaders in their field with a passion for improving young lives.

Back of the Napkin specializes in helping mission-driven organizations achieve their goals. They are here to help you with idea generation, program implementation and evaluation, and everything in between.

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January 12, 2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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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.