“She has been instrumental in our financial literacy/Wyotowne program. Amanda does everything with a positive attitude and a smile on her face; she’s a true example of what our organization stands for.”
Cody Stanton, Verda James Director
Q. What is your history with the Club? How long have you worked here?
I attended the Club as a homeschool PE member from elementary through high school. I also participated in several seasons of co-ed volleyball through the Club. When I came to work at the Club over five years ago, I started out as a Youth Development Professional at the Verda James Club, had the opportunity to oversee the Mills (then Journey) Clubs as a branch director, and now serve as the organization’s Academic Outreach Coordinator.
Q. What made you want to work at the Club?
I recall thinking of the staff who made my years at the Club memorable and wanting the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of youth as much as mine had been impacted.
Q. What one lesson have you learned being immersed in the Club?
Flexibility! No matter how well prepared and creative you might be, working with kids can be unpredictable. Being flexible enough to adapt and change your plans, to make the day exciting and engaging, is way more important than sticking to the original game-plan. When life hands you tomatoes instead of lemons, make salsa like that’s what you planned all along.
Q. What do you hope you leave with the kids?
I hope to leave kids feeling empowered and valued. I wear several hats at the Club and they all support various outcomes; but ultimately, I want kids to know that someone cares about them and wants them to be successful.
Q. What is your favorite part of the day?
My favorite part of the day is when I see a member or student make a breakthrough. Sometimes it’s little like finally learning to wait in the snack line patiently and other times it’s life-changing, like realizing that their education is worth taking seriously. All of the struggle and challenge becomes white noise the moment you see that kid achieve success.
Q. If you had to explain to someone who may not be familiar with what happens at the Club, how would you explain it?
Impact happens at the Club. We offer so many opportunities to youth. From after-school enrichment to sports leagues, financial literacy to homeschool PE, and summer camp to Cowboy Ethics. We do a little bit of everything and hope that, in some way, every youth in our community is positively impacted!
Q. Tell us more about you. Family? Hobbies? Interests?
I love being outside working on my yard or running with my dog. When the weather is crummy, I enjoy working out or spending the afternoon cooking something tasty at home. My husband and I are currently expecting our first child and are excited to pursue this new adventure of parenthood!
Q. What is your position/duty at the Club?
I coordinate the WyoTowne financial literacy program, oversee volunteers, and support educational programs such as Power Hour and summer reading in our Clubs. Those are my official job duties, but you can always find me helping out in our Clubs – some days I’m a van driver and other days I am a Club staff!
1701 E "K" St.
Casper, WY 82601
Club number: 307.234.2456
Program Support: 307.235.4079
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