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.

Meet Sawyer – Marketing Intern

Meet Sawyer! 

Name: Sawyer Radisewitz
School: Dakota State University
Major: Graphic Design
Future Goals: I would like to work in animation.
What I’ve learned during my internship at SDAN: I’ve learned how to apply research to my work and problem solve.

Sawyer began his internship with SDAN in April 2022. Working through the Teachwell Solutions Career and Job Development program, Sawyer has been able to gain valuable experience and skills that support his future job goals and SDAN has benefitted greatly! Operating in a remote work environment can be challenging and requires increased time management and communication skills…in this area, Sawyer has excelled.

Over the past several months Sawyer has gained real world experience supporting SDAN through graphic design, social media planning, survey building and animation creation. After taking time to explore our Think, Make, Create Mobile Labs and the curriculum they contain, Sawyer worked on animations to support a few of the activities. Check out a couple of his how-to videos here:

We’re confident in Sawyer’s bright future and are thankful for our partnership with Teachwell Solutions allowing us to provide a meaningful internship experience. Learn more about the programs offered at Teachwell Solutions by visiting




Training and Professional Development – February

Training and Professional Development – February

LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES Child & Family Resource Network On-Demand Training Access a variety of on-demand style training from the Child & Family Resource Network. From Child Care Orientation to Ongoing Health & Safety Training, staff have quick and easy access...

Activities & Resources for Programs – February

Activities & Resources for Programs – February

Activities 3D Printing by Hand: Students will explore how 3D printers work. Then, working in pairs, they will use the same methods used by 3D printers to create a 3D model of an object. This comes with a video for educators and a complete lesson plan.  Experiment with...

Activities & Resources for Programs – January

Activities & Resources for Programs – January

Activities Can Plants Stop Soil Erosion?: Intermediate level environmental engineering activity lasting 2-4 weeks. Oil erosion can cost the world billions of dollars every year by washing pollutants into our streams and rivers and by causing the loss of farmland. What...