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.


Youth Entrepreneurship

Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Driving kids to expand their thought process and dream big, South Dakota Afterschool Network hosted their first Youth Pitch Event in 2022. Youth Development Professionals from across the state trained and implimented curriculum with students in middle and high school, helping them to take their ideas and work through a process of implementation. Finalists made their pitches during Children’s Day at the Capitol. Jaymel from the Rapid City Discovery Program was the 2022 winner with his music production ambitions. He received $500 to launch his idea into reality. 

Stay tuned for more information about the 2023 Youth Pitch Event coming soon! 

Jaymel, 2022 Youth Pitch Event Winner

Youth Entrepreneurship & STEM Resources