South Dakota Change Network applications open

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BROOKINGS, S.D. — SDSU Extension is seeking South Dakotans who see opportunities to lead change in their organizations and communities to apply for the South Dakota Change Network. This yearlong fellowship is a supportive learning environment for those looking to gain skills and experience driving equitable and inclusive change. Created and funded by the Bush Foundation, participation in the Change Network is free.

“The South Dakota Change Network team has engaged with diverse groups of South Dakotans since 2017,” said Kari O’Neill, SDSU Extension Community Vitality Field Specialist. “Participants have represented a multitude of backgrounds, professions, ways of thinking, political ideologies, points of view, and age groups. We are honored to partner with the Bush Foundation, 3E Productions, CommonSense Consulting@Work, and National Arts Strategies in growing community change in South Dakota.”

Applications for the newest South Dakota Change Network cohort are open now. The program will begin in September 2020 and conclude in September 2021. Over the next year, participants will gather in person on three occasions to build strong connections among each other and learn from the experienced team of Change Network partners. In between convenings, members of South Dakota Change Network will engage in online learning and work one-on-one with the Change Network team to receive coaching and mentorship on their goals. Participants will also have access to a small grant to assist with a project which impacts their organization in positive and significant ways.

South Dakotans who see opportunities to drive positive change in their community are encouraged to apply for the Change Network program by May 31st, 2020. For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit the South Dakota Change Network website at