Change Network South Dakota is a year-long program that will help you build the skills and networks you need to make the places you live and work more inclusive. Learning is accomplished through a combination of online courses, exchange activities, and two in-person convenings. Through this challenging and supportive environment, you will build your self-awareness, leadership skills and abilities to implement systems change.
opportunities for your organization and community to become more diverse and inclusive.
to learn new skills and discuss ideas that will help you become a strong leader and affect real change in your community.
tailored advising from industry experts, receiving guidance on your project as you work to realize your goal.
a small grant to support your project and embed your learning into practice.
a network of change makers from South Dakota and Native Nation communities dedicated to assisting one another in their work.
The Change Network South Dakota program runs for a year and consists of two learning cycles. Participants will meet for three in-person convenings over the course of the program; at the beginning, middle (a joint event with Change Network North Dakota) and end. Each convening will connect you with content experts and leading faculty from U.S. universities.
Between convenings you will have monthly remote meetings, online exchange activities, and project design coaching with designated confidants.
Participants in the 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.
The program is free to participants. All expenses, including meals, private hotel room and program materials, are completely underwritten. Mileage driven to and from the mandatory in-person convenings will be reimbursed. If needed, participants must have approval of their workplace to take paid time off to participate in-person convenings and occasional daytime phone calls. If participant needs additional support for accessibility or transportation, options may be available.
Change Network participants see opportunities to make equitable change in their South Dakota or Native Nation communities.
As part of the application, you will name at least one Champion, an individual from your network who can help influence and implement the planned change. This can be a board member, supervisor, elder, or an expert from the organization or a partner organization. The Champion is not expected to attend in-person meetings, but will be asked to join in occasional calls with you and your assigned program facilitator.
Our diverse team of leaders hail from Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Virginia. Our approach gives the cohort cross-sector insights, expertise and resources. We seek to infuse our cohort with empathy, understanding, and tools to create lasting and meaningful change within your organizations and ecosystems.
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.