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Leading for Youth Success

What happens before and after school and during the summer can have a huge impact on the learning and development of South Dakota youth. The South Dakota Department of Education (DOE) recognizes the importance of supporting high-quality out-of-school time (OST) programs across the state. OST programs not only offer a safe and secure place for youth to go during non-school hours, but they offer the opportunity for extended learning, friendships, and fun.

Path2Impact provides three pathways that give participants resources and tools to grow personally and professionally in South Dakota's OST programs. As part of this program, the Path2Impact team offers site visits and retreats. Site visits are an opportunity for the team to learn about what's working and what further support is needed to develop a successful program. Retreats are a time for OST professionals from across the state to gather and collaborate within the three paths.

Launch Events. April 2, Box Elder. April 3, Pierre, April 4, Aberdeen, April 5, Sioux Falls. 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Link.

We're thrilled to announce the upcoming Path2Impact Launch Events, scheduled to take place from April 2nd to April 5th! We're excited to bring this opportunity to even more locations, including Box Elder, Pierre, Aberdeen, and Sioux Falls.

These events are designed to provide valuable resources and support specifically tailored to out-of-school time programs and professionals like you. Whether you're looking to enhance your skills, network with peers, or access curated lesson plans, there's something for everyone. Here's what you can expect:

  • Earn 3 training hours
  • Network with other area youth professionals
  • Gain access to 350+ curated lesson plans specific to out-of-school time
  • Receive a FREE Launch Pack filled with resources, tools, and so much more!

Registration is now open, and we encourage you to secure your spot early!

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For more information, contact Alan Haarstad or Stephanie Cronin

Path2Impact is a project funded with federal dollars available to the South Dakota Department of Education through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to support out-of-school time (OST) programs in areas of leadership, professional development, curriculum content, staff onboarding, and more. The project is led by Black Hills Special Services Cooperative (BHSSC).