WIRE Youth Development Programs







The foundational theme of the Walker Institute is One Community and through 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.

Currently, the Walker Institute hosts two WIRE programs, the Math and Science Camp held during Summer II and the Saturday Academy; held throughout the academic school year. 


Summer Math & Science Camp

The primary goals of WIRE Math and Science Camp are to:

  • Give Children the opportunity to develop 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 and previous programs Learn More




Saturday Academy

The Saturday Academy extends the concept of the summer program into the academic year. Introduced in the fall of 2019, the Saturday Academy dives deeper into math and science as it relates to real world problem solving.

The primary goals of WIRE Saturday Academy are to:

  • Enhance the students' knowledge of non-traditional sciences.
  • Improve the student's comprehension of mathematical concepts.
  • Provide academic enrichment through the use of real world applications.
  • Introduce students to advanced careers in STEM.

For 2021-2021 school year registration Learn More



For more information concerning WIRE Youth Development programs, please contact us at lwir_ydp@wmich.edu or call us directly at 269-387-2155.