Wire Youth Development Programs

wire logoThrough WIRE, the Walker Institute fulfills an important part of its mission: to help build more equitable and inclusive communities through community service. Since 2008, more than 1,000 youth between 7 and 13 years-old have participated in one or more WIRE Youth Development Programs from the Walker Institute.

WIRE programs help youth envision themselves in college and in desirable careers—and provide culturally sensitive guidance and instruction to help them get there. All programs are free of charge.


Enroll your child in the WIRE Summer Math and Science Camp today!

Who:      Kalamazoo County Youth Grades 3-8

When:    July 9th to August 3rd, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. until noon

Where:   Western Michigan University (main campus), 1123 Welborn Hall (2508 W. Michigan St.)

The primary goals for participating in the WIRE math and science camp are to give children an opportunity to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of math and science by focusing on number theory, problem solving, and algebraic expression;
  • Increase the students’ level of confidence by reducing the fear and anxiety associated with learning math and science;
  • Reduce the summer slide (the loss of 25% to 33% of what was learned the previous year by not engaging in academic activities over the summer.

For more information, please contact:

Gus Calbert at gus.t.calbert@wmich.edu or (269) 910-9211