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A Community-wide Approach to Career Exploration

December 16, 2021 // Community Innovation Grants

We are beyond excited that our workforce development proposal was selected for funding by the Grantmaking Committee of the Community Innovation Grant Program!

Dr. Rhea Waldman, Executive Director, South Dakota Discovery Center

Community Innovation Grants are offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation and focus specifically on supporting community problem-solving projects. Forty-eight applications were submitted in Round 2 and eleven resulted in securing funding. The South Dakota Discovery Center was one of those successful applicants and was awarded a $20,000 Community Innovation Grant.

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) is proud to partner with the Center through the Community Innovation Grant program and provide support for their project.

The South Dakota Discovery Center’s Workforce Development project addresses barriers that rural and tribal students face. This project will provide 6th through 12th graders with access to diverse, authentic career exploration experiences.

“We are beyond excited that our workforce development proposal was selected for funding by the Grantmaking Committee of the Community Innovation Grant Program!”, said Dr. Rhea Waldman, Executive Director, South Dakota Discovery Center. “Over the last two years, the South Dakota Discovery Center has worked with schools, colleges, and agencies to lay the groundwork for this community-wide approach to career exploration. The Community Innovation Grant allows us to enter the next phase of this project. Leveraging the expertise of our partners, we will provide access to diverse, authentic career exploration experiences that meet workforce demands and set students up for a successful career. Thank you, for allowing us to make a big impact in the lives of our youth”.

About this Nonprofit

The South Dakota Discovery Center is dedicated to empowering all People of the Great Plains through hands-on experiences that inspire scientific thinking. Founded in 1989, the Center is housed in the historic Pierre Power Plant and has been at the heart of all-ages scientific exploration in the state for over thirty years. Learn more at https://sd-discovery.org/

About the SDCF

SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers over 1050 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $18 million in grants in 2020 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/giving to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.

About the Bush Foundation

The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. Established in 1953 by 3M Executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth, the Foundation encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.