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


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


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


  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.


Linda Barton - Director, Wyoming Afterschool Alliance

Linda Barton

Wyoming Afterschool Alliance
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Kate Foster
Program Coordinator

Wyoming Afterschool Alliance
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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
  • National Afterschool Alliance

Expert Advisory Board

Shawna McBride

Shawna McBride


2010 – Present
WY NASA Space Grant Consortium

Craig Williams 2013

Craig Williams


2007 – Present
Laramie County School District #1
4th Grade Teacher
White-Riley Peterson Fellow

Karen Bierhaus

Karen Bierhaus


2012 – Present
WDE – 21st CCLC Coordinator

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Linda Jennings

2008 – Present


Steve Hamaker 

2010 – Present
Greater WY Big Brothers Big Sisters

Charles R. Kratz

2010 – Present

Robin Schamber

Robin Schamber

2012 – Present
UW 4-H-Youth Development Educator – Sublette County

Tonya Gerharter

Tonya Gerharter

2015 – Present
Career Technical Education
Wyoming Department of Education

Liz Mikesell

2016 – Present

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