MAKEHER Program

MAKEHER PROGRAM BRINGS STEM OPPORTUNITIES TO GIRLS AROUND WYOMING 

The MakeHER Scholar Program  

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance (WYAA), the Coe Student Innovation Center (Coe Makerspaceand Wyoming 4-H are pleased to host the second cohort of the MakeHER Scholar Program in 2022. 

The program supports adults who work with youth by building their knowledge in STEM education, maker education, engineering mindset and design thinking. It also introduces participants to best practices for implementing diverse and inclusive youth programs for girls as part of the Million Girl Moonshot, ultimately to prepare participants to develop their own STEAM programs. Participants are eligible to receive a mini-grant from WYAA via the Wyoming Community Foundation to support their program.   

MakeHER Scholars Receive

 

  • Starter Kit: Participants receive a making starter kit that Includes a soldering iron and other useful supplies. 
  • 1 PTSB Credit: Earn credit for building your skills and knowledge.
  • Mini-Grant: Participants will qualify to apply for a mini-grant through WYAA and the Wyoming Community Foundation to complete their STEM program in their community.
  • Community: The second cohort of makers will join a statewide community interested in STEM education.

More Information

The program is intended to support adults who work with youth by building their knowledge in STEM education, maker education, the engineering mindset and design thinking.  It will also introduce participants to best practices for implementing diverse and inclusive youth programs for girls as part of the Million Girl Moonshot, ultimately to prepare participants to develop their own STEAM programs.   

MakeHER features asynchronous and synchronous training opportunities from January through March of 2022, office hours, and culminate at a training at the Coe Makerspace to be held February 18-20, 2022. Up to eight scholars will be selected to participate. Each scholar will receive a small stipend to cover the costs associated with travel to Laramie. 

Upon completion of the program, participants will be eligible to apply for a small grant from the Alliance to implement MakeHER programs in your community. MakeHER Scholars will implement a program for youth between the ages of 8 to 18 sometime during the spring or early summer.  Ideally the program would be approximately 30 contact hours and include at least 50% female participation. These experiences could be in person or virtual depending upon the circumstance in your community.   

The First MakeHER Scholar Cohort included participants from across the state: Emily Haver from Carbon County 4-H, Elly Garret with Girls Actively Participating (GAP!) in Jackson, David Maulik from Maker Space 307 in Riverton, Heather Sorenson with Lights On Lander, Rene Williams with Science Loves Art in Laramie, and Tanya McCoy with Tongue River Valley Community Center in Ranchester. 

 

The MakeHER Scholar Program presented by the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is held in support of the Million Girls Moonshot, funded through the STEM Next Opportunity Fund.

Learn more about the MakeHER Scholar Program from two recent news stories.

MakeHER Program at TRVCC

Photo Credit: Tanya McCoy, Tongue River Valley Community Center.

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.