About WAA

Our Work

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance (WYAA) was created June 12, 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:

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is a statewide network working to create the conditions for young people to reach their full potential. We are a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation.

VISION:

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

GOALS:

Create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional and local partnerships, particularly between schools and communities, focused on supporting policy development at all levels.

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.

Support statewide systems to ensure that OST programs are of high quality.

 

Staff

Michelle Sullivan

Director
michelle@wycf.org
o: 307-335-9922
c: 307-752-1637

Emily Vercoe

Program Associate
emilyv@wycf.org

o: 307-721-8300

Kate Foster

Program Associate
katefoster@wycf.org
o: 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
  • Afterschool Alliance
  • National AfterSchool Association

Expert Advisory board

CRAIG WILLIAMS

Chair

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

SHAWNA MCBRIDE

Past Chair

2010 – Present
WY NASA Space Grant Consortium

LIZ MIKESELL

Vice Chair

2016 – Present

KAREN BIERHAUS

Secretary

2012 – Present
WDE – 21st CCLC Coordinator

STEVE HAMAKER 

2010 – Present
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wyoming

HOLLEY NICHOLSON

2018 – Present
Wal-Mart Personnel Manager – HR

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Mission: The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is a statewide network working to create the conditions for young people to reach their full potential. We are a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation.

WYOMING AFTERSCHOOL ALLIANCE

1472 N. 5th Street, Suite 201
Laramie, WY 82072
Phone: 307-721-8300

 

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS IN WYOMING ARE HIGH-QUALITY, EDUCATION-FOCUSED, SAFE PLACES FOR ALL OF WYOMING’S YOUTH. QUALITY PRACTICES HELP MAKE THIS POSSIBLE!

 

WYOMING PROGRAM QUALITY PRACTICES

(PQPs) are research-based guidelines that provide a common understanding of the essential components of quality practice in afterschool and youth development programs.

The PQPs provide programs, communities and stakeholders with a way to voluntarily examine the quality of programs and to engage in important discussions about program quality. They set the stage for development of a comprehensive and coordinated system of services that will best serve Wyoming’s children and youth. Most of all, they send the message that we believe quality is important, and we hold ourselves accountable for improving quality.

Download the PQPs (Updated in March 2022)

WYOMING PROGRAM QUALITY PRACTICES WEBINAR

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance with assistance from National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST – http://www.niost.org/) produced an informative 20-minute webinar to walk through the PQPs and information about how to put them into practice in your afterschool program!

  • Section 1: Introduction to the Wyoming Program Quality Practice
  • Section 2: Putting the PQPs into Practice
  • Section 3: Connecting Quality

The webinar was produced in partnership with Wyoming afterschool professionals: Tamera Allen – Program Director of Double AAces in Weston County SD #1, Karen Bierhaus – Education Consultant with 21st CCLC at the Wyoming Department of Education, Shannon Christian – Executive Director of the Worland Youth Learning Center, Kei Owen – former Grant Assistant with the Natrona County Prevention Coalition, Tamra Petersen – Program Coordinator with the Uinta County BOES Education Center, and Christine Turner – former Program Director with Lincoln County School District #1.

Watch the PQP Webinar

WYOMING PROGRAM QUALITY PRACTICES USER GUIDE

This user guide describes how the PQPs fit into WYAA’s quality improvement efforts and offers concrete ways to use the PQPs. All school age, afterschool, and youth development programs in Wyoming can use this guide to improve their programming. This guide may also be a resource for families, community members, funders, and advocates who partner with program providers to improve outcomes for children and youth.

The user guide provides context for the eight domains of the PQPs:

  1. Physical Environment, Curriculum, and Program Activities
  2. Assessment, Planning, and Improvement
  3. Relationships
  4. Child and Youth Engagement
  5. Families and Communities
  6. Safety, Health, and Wellness
  7. Leadership and Administration
  8. Professional Development

Download the User Guide

WYOMING PROGRAM QUALITY PRACTICES SELF ASSESSMENT

This tool was designed to help afterschool and youth development professionals develop high-quality out-of-school time programs. It may also be a useful checklist for families. This self-assessment is a companion to the PQPs, which are based on research on best practices in programs for afterschool and youth development.

Download the Self Assessment Tool

CORE COMPETENCIES

The National Afterschool Alliance’s Core Knowledge and Competencies enable afterschool and youth development practitioners to demonstrate expertise and gain a higher level of recognition within their communities–particularly from school officials–that has long been sought after.

Check out the Core Competencies

THE STATE OF AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMMING IN WYOMING: AN ASSESSMENT OF NEEDS AND PERCEPTIONSS

In 2010, the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance, a C.S. Mott Foundation Statewide Afterschool Network and an initiative of the Wyoming Community Foundation, launched a research project to survey the capacity of public and private afterschool systems and to assess their effectiveness across Wyoming.

Download the Executive Summary.

Download the Wyoming Afterschool Quality Improvement Three-Year Initiative.

APAS – AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM ASSESSMENT SYSTEM

Program assessment is invaluable to creating the highest quality afterschool programs. WYAA, with support from National Institute of Out of School Time (NIOST) implemented the initiative.

Outcomes from APAS include:

  • An upward trend in attitudes, skills and behaviors of youth
  • Peer networking and relationship building between programs
  • A statewide shared vision and understanding of high quality afterschool and OST programming

Learn more.

WYOMING CAREER DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM REPORT

The Wyoming Career Development System Report identifies six components of a comprehensive career development system and makes recommendations for advancing each component in Wyoming. A cross-sector, continuum approach (one that supports those who serve a broad range of ages) is the most cost-effective way to provide quality programming for children and youth. With this in mind, these recommendations build on current systems and initiatives established in the early childhood field.

Download the Summary document. 

Download the Report.