Our Mission

The Chiesman Center for Democracy promotes and supports democratic principles and active civic engagement.


Our Vision

Our vision is to have a citizenry that is actively aware, passionately engaged, and involved in the democratic process that is respectful of the diversity of opinion that makes our democracy great.


Our Values

  • We respect diversity of viewpoint and a commitment to openness and tolerance in public discourse;
  • We believe that all citizens have the right and responsibility to be active participants in the decisions that impact the civic life of our state and country;
  • We value lifelong education in the democratic process that builds a commitment to ongoing active civic participation;
  • We understand that social responsibility, courage, patriotism, honesty, and integrity are the cornerstones of our democracy;
  • We encourage strong communities across South Dakota and our nation that have active, skilled, and engaged advocates seeking full participation in their communities’ well-being.


“Since we have implemented the Character Counts pillars into our curriculum, we have seen a huge attitudinal shift in the kids; both in how they regard each other and the teachers.”
Carrie Oakey, Educator
Rapid City, South Dakota

Member Resources

Kids Voting Activities