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.

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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 – June

Training and Professional Development – June

LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES   WEBINARS Asking Purposeful Questions- Evening Cohort Mondays: 6/10, 6/17, and 6/24 at 6PM- 8PM EST / 3PM - 5PM PST Questions begin a path toward discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their...

Activities & Resources for Programs – June

Activities & Resources for Programs – June

Activities Interactive online resource: Surfers Against Sewage Virtual Tour | Explore in 360° ( Videos and interactive activities to teach about conservation.  After learning about them, students have the opportunity to protect the resources....

Activities & Resources for Programs – May

Activities & Resources for Programs – May

Activities Activity (engineering):  How Does a Wind Meter Work? | Science Project ( On a windy day it is hard to keep your hat on! The power of the wind can even be strong enough to power large wind turbines to make electricity! In this experiment,...