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.

2020 WIRE Math & Science Camp Registration Opening Soon

Looking for a great free program that will promote the healthy growth, development, and learning of your child? Enroll your child in the WIRE Math & Science Camp today! 

This summer WIRE has partnered with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and we are taking on science from a different angle…through food! The Feeding Tomorrow program curriculum delivers fun and intriguing activities that will not only show our students a different side of science but will also make it perfectly okay to play with your food. We will specifically focus on the bacteria portion of the curriculum (i.e. the importance of proper hand washing, infectious pathogens that can make you sick from food, etc.), and we will get our hands dirty with some urban gardening. Join us for an exciting summer!


Who: Kalamazoo County Youth Grades 3 through 8

What: Food Science

When: Summer 2020

Where: Western Michigan University Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations, Welborn Hall (2508 W. Michigan Ave)

Directions: From Stadium Drive, take Howard Street to West Michigan Ave, turn right on West Michigan Ave and Welborn Hall is on the left side of the roundabout.

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 lwirer-info@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2141.