South Dakota Change Network is a year-long journey around building techniques and networks to make the communities where you live and work equitable, accessible and welcoming for all members. It will prepare you to be a strong leader, one who can successfully bring together individuals with different skills, values, beliefs, and understandings to create and maintain positive change within the state.
Your journey with South Dakota Change Network is comprised of online courses and three convenings – two in-person and one online. Online learning features a combination of self-directed lessons, interactive activities, and discussion groups designed to maximize your ability to learn as you participate. During convenings, you will have opportunities to build lasting connections with your cohort while gaining new tools and frameworks from content experts and leading faculty from universities across the United States.
Through this challenging and supportive environment, you will enhance your self-awareness, leadership skills, and abilities to implement systems change.
opportunities for your organization and community to recognize the power of having diverse talent and feel welcoming and equitable to all.
to learn new skills and discuss ideas that will help you become a strong leader and work on real change in your community.
training, advise, and mentoring from industry experts, receiving guidance on your project as you work to realize your goal.
a network of change makers from South Dakota and Native nation communities dedicated to assisting one another in their work.
To ensure your success in the program, you are required to have support from at least one individual in your current network. This person should be able to offer wisdom, support and have expertise to help you influence and implement change in your organization and/or community.
This person will be your Champion and may be a board member, supervisor, elder or expert in your organization or a partner organization. Your Champion will not be expected to attend in-person meetings, but will be asked to participate in occasional calls with you and one of our program facilitators.
Participants in South Dakota Change Network will have the opportunity to apply for a small grant, up to $5,000, to assist a project which impacts the individual’s organization in positive and significant ways. Learn more about the grant process.
South Dakota Change Network is free to participants. The program’s expenses, which include accommodations and meals at each of the two in-person convenings, program materials, online learning, coaching, and support, are completely underwritten and represent a $16,500 investment in each participant.
Change Network alumni have used the knowledge and leadership skills they’ve gained in the program to effect powerful change in their organizations and communities. Take a look at some of the incredible projects they’re working on.
Our diverse team of leaders hail from South Dakota, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Virginia and brings the cohort cross-sector insights, expertise and resources. We intentionally work collaboratively and role model the behaviors that we want our leaders to demonstrate. The result and intent is to provide a safe and support environment for our leaders to experience and extend empathy, compassion, care, understanding, and tools that create lasting and meaningful change within your organizations and communities.