Program Highlights, Announcements and More!
November News & Updates
The WYAA Newsletter is back! 

We would love to feature your program highlights, events, and announcements.
Please email us anytime if you have something you would like us to include!
Welcome back to work! We hope that your Thanksgiving meal, football, shopping, and other traditions were enjoyable with friends and family. We certainly have a lot to be thankful for. We invite you to pause for a moment to consider participating in  #GivingTuesday by contributing to your favorite cause. If you choose to donate to WYAA, matching funds will double your gift, thanks to a generous donor.

We are so thankful for your support of a shared mission to promote high quality afterschool programs to improve outcomes for youth and their families..
SAVE THE DATE!
Drumroll Please..........The 2016 WYAA Conference will be held at 
Little America in Cheyenne over October 17-18!

We'd love to start collecting pictures from the 2015-2016 school year!
If you have some cute ones, drop them here
National Afterschool Association Convention 2016

Will you be attending this March? Let us at WYAA know so that we can help you network with other programs from Wyoming who will also attend.

STEM System Building Grant

Thanks to the Noyce Foundation for a two-year grant to support afterschool STEM education in Wyoming, WYAA launched its Statewide STEM Initiative in late August. 

Twelve programs from around the state were selected to participate.

Site representatives were focused and attentive during some intensive trainings during October and November. Training in best practices for STEM education, curriculum selection, and program evaluation. 

 

Casper Star Tribune Article
Reducing the 'School to Prison' Pipeline

WYAA and its partners have received a generous grant toward an effort to help divert at-risk youth from the formal juvenile justice system.

Credential for Afterschool Programs

The online, 3-semester credential is in it's second semester this fall with 11 students in the second course. 
 
Courses are designed for people interested in or currently working with school-age children. Topics include youth development, working with families, fostering partnerships,  planning and development of afterschool programs, and more!

Enrollment for Spring 2016 is currently open for all three courses.

This is a wonderful opportunity to expand your professional qualifications! No travel or text books are required. Funding is available through Wyoming Workforce Development Training Grants! Click the link below or contact WYAA for more information!

Funding opportunity:  Workforce Development Training Grant

Program Spotlight:

Greater Wyoming 
Big Brothers Big Sisters

Greater Wyoming Big Brothers Big Sisters operates 4 21CCLC centers (3 elementary and one middle school) in Laramie and one elementary program in Saratoga.   Four site coordinators support 30 part-time staff and 5 part-time AmeriCorps Members working together to serve 180-200 youth each day.
 
EducationCorps.  BBBS works closely with the University of Wyoming to coordinate the EducationCorps program in the Laramie centers.   EducationCorps, an AmeriCorps program, consists of 20 undergraduate UW student volunteers majoring in elementary education, engineering, science, art, etc.   EducationCorps members work with an experienced graduate student and UW employees to develop activities, lessons, and content primarily geared toward STEM.    Members visit each center once or twice each week to implement the planned activities.   They also meet on campus in small groups at least weekly to develop their instructional skills and strengthen quality of their work.
 
Mentoring.  BBBS recruits, trains, and supports volunteer mentors who work in the centers with students and families who need and want a Big Brother or Sister for their child.  With an emphasis on building a strong supportive relationship with a single child, the Bigs enhance the after-school program by providing individual support, advocacy, and connections to the classroom and community.  The volunteers are coached and supported by professional case managers to ensure strong youth outcomes and successful mentoring relationships.
 
Community Partnerships.  BBBS works closely with the juvenile justice system, county attorney, youth officers, and Department of Family Services to prevent delinquencies and support the community's most vulnerable youth.   BBBS partners with Wyoming Kids First, the county library,  pre-schools, community stakeholders, and local faith-based organizations to host regular family-engagement and literacy events known as Dine & Discover.    During the events, BBBS after-school staff engage with the families, lead and model healthy conversations, and discuss student goals and accomplishments.   Families hear from "celebrity speakers", play table games together, select and take home age-appropriate books for youth and adults, and have opportunities to receive other resources for their families, including food, clothing, gift-cards, and other donated items.

Wyoming Afterschool Alliance | 307-335-9922 | linda@wycf.org
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