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Our Work

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance (WYAA) was created in 2007 to support and promote quality, education-based out of school time (OST) programs that positively impact Wyoming’s youth and families. WYAA is a linchpin, connecting afterschool providers to the necessary resources, technical assistance and training opportunities.

WYAA is part of the National Network of Statewide Afterschool networks funded through the C.S. Mott Foundation.

High-Quality Afterschool/Out-of-School Time (OST) Programs support successful outcomes for youth by providing:

  • Physical and psychological safety and security
  •  Structure that is developmentally appropriate, with clear expectations for behavior
  •  Opportunities to make decisions, participate in rule-making and take on leadership roles
  • Emotional and moral support
  • Opportunities to learn how to form close, durable human relationships
    A sense of belonging and value
  • Opportunities to build and master skills
  • Strong links between families, schools and broader community resources

Mission:

    We support and promote high-quality afterschool programs to improve positive outcomes for youth and their families.

Vision:

    All Wyoming youth have equal access to high-quality afterschool programs.

Goals:

  1. Create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional and local partnerships, particularly between schools and communities, focused on supporting policy development at all levels.
  2. Support the development and growth of statewide policies that will secure the resources needed to sustain new and existing out-of-school time (OST) programs.
  3. Support statewide systems to ensure that OST programs are of high quality.

Staff

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Linda Barton

Director
Wyoming Afterschool Alliance
linda@wycf.org
o: 307-335-9922
c: 307-349-1427

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Erin Harvey

Program Coordinator
Wyoming Afterschool Alliance
erin@wycf.org
307-335-9922

Our Partners

WYAA’s partners help create a sustainable structure of statewide school-community partnerships. Our partners assist in securing the resources needed to sustain new and existing afterschool programs and ensure high-quality afterschool programs.

  • Mott Foundation
  • John P. Ellbogen Foundation
  • Noyce Foundation
  • Craig & Linda Jennings
  • Sargent Foundation
  • Wyoming Department of Education
  • 21st CCLC programs across the state
  • Office of the Governor

Expert Advisory Board

Shawna McBride

Shawna McBride

Chair

2010 – Present
WY NASA Space Grant Consortium
smcbride@uwyo.edu

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Craig Williams

Vice-Chair

2007 – Present
Laramie County School District #1
4th Grade Teacher
White-Riley Peterson Fellow
kcmwill@aol.com

Karen Bierhaus

Karen Bierhaus

Secretary

2012 – Present
WDE – 21st CCLC Coordinator
karen.bierhaus@wyo.gov

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Linda Jennings

2008 – Present
ljennings@bresnan.net

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Steve Hamaker 

2010 – Present
Greater WY Big Brothers Big Sisters
steve@wyobbbs.org

Charles R. Kratz

2010 – Present
chaswyo@msn.com

Robin Schamber

Robin Schamber

2012 – Present
UW 4-H-Youth Development Educator – Sublette County
rschambe@uwyo.edu

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Feliciana Turner

2013 – Present
Prevention Management Organization – Wyoming
fturner@pmowyo.org

Tonya Gerharter

Tonya Gerharter

2015 – Present
Career Technical Education
Wyoming Department of Education
Tonya.gerharter@wyo.gov

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Michael Day

2015 – Present
UW Professor Emeritus
Adult and Postsecondary Education
mikeday@uwyo.edu

Liz Mikesell

2016 – Present
lizmikesell94@gmail.com

What better time than now?

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