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.

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TMC Mobile Lab at Og Nation Wacipi

August 5, 2023

Join us for STEM activities during the Oglala Lakota Nation Wacipi in Pine Ridge!

Information about Og Nation Wacipi: The Oglala Lakota Nation Wacipi, Rodeo and Fair takes place at the powwow grounds in Pine Ridge. Wacipi grand entries begin on Friday at 7 p.m. There are daily flag risings at 9 a.m., and two meals are provided daily. There is a parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday. INFR rodeo performances take place at 6 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. There is also a youth rodeo at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Admission is $5 in advance and $10 at the gate (those aged 60 & over and 6 & under are free). Macs Carnival will also be on the grounds (rides not included in admission).


August 5, 2023
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Og Nation Wacipi
Powwow Grounds
Pine Ridge, SD 57770 United States
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