Spring 2022 PITCH CHALLENGE

spring 2022 WYOMING YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR PITCH CHALLENGE

June 2, 2022 – The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is pleased to announce the winners of its 2022 Spring Pitch Challenge.

The entries again reflected young people’s courage, adaptability, persistence, optimism, and empathy. The Wyoming Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge provides an opportunity for youth to practice these skills while envisioning ways to make their communities, and the state of Wyoming, a better place.  

Three volunteer judges (Leadership Wyoming Executive Director Mandy Fabel, Retired Fremont County School District One Assistant Superintendent Kirk Schmidt, and Wind River Start Up Challenge winner Leslie Spoonhunter) reviewed 46 entries. The pitches were then ranked in seven categories: hook/introduction, presentation quality, presentation media quality, uniqueness, proposed goals for solution, target market and presentation impact. Four entries were recognized for excellence in these categories.  

Spring 2022 Pitch Challenge Winners 

  • Isabelle CaminoManure Mobile, Buffalo High School  
  • Caydence EnglingFreelance Graphics, Buffalo High School
  • Aisley IvieAise + Vinyl Records, Star Valley High School  
  • Mia Hutchinson & Dylan JohnsonSink or Swim, Star Valley High School  

Entries can be viewed on our youtube.com playlist.

The Spring 2022 Pitch Challenge winners are now eligible to compete in the National Pitch Challenge sponsored by the Young Entrepreneur Institute. YEI states that their challenge “teaches essential workforce readiness skills and helps kids develop a mindset for 21st century careers whether or not they become an entrepreneur.” Learn more at youngentrepreneurinstitute.org

“Pitch challenges are excellent tools for helping young people to practice skills that grow confidence, hone problem solving and expression,” said WYAA Director Michelle Sullivan. “The Alliance applauds the educators who help young people develop these skills that build the key entrepreneurial mindsets such as curiosity, courage, persistence and grit, problem solving, embracing failure, resourcefulness, empathy and adaptability.”  

WYAA sends a special thank you to Career Technical Education teachers Karlie Philpott from Star Valley High School and Kami Kennedy from Buffalo High School for encouraging students to participate in the challenge.  

To support the Wyoming Young Entrepreneur Initiative, WYAA offers support to the adults who work with the young entrepreneurs. A set of six modules with activities and interactive videos walks through the steps of identifying a problem and understanding customers all the way to making a pitch. Other supports include one-on-one coaching sessions.  A complementary WYAA initiative introduces young people to ways they can set financial goals and imagine possible futures through the attainment of a certificate or a degree. The Alliance with launce a pilot program in collaboration with the Wind River Development Fund and other partner organizations later this year. 

The Wyoming Young Entrepreneur Initiative is a result of a community of partners including Impact307, Wyoming 4-H, the University of Wyoming, afterschool organizations statewide, and many volunteers.

WHY ARE PITCH CHALLENGES SO GREAT?

WYAA invites your afterschool program, class, or club to participate in pitch challenges to think of a product, business or social solution that could make a difference to your community or to Wyoming. Learn more in the following video.

OUR SPONSORS

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.