Natrona County 21st Century Community Learning Centers

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The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program is authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Every Student Succeeds Act. All four of the critical state education issues (statewide PAWS proficiency levels, graduation rates, remediation rates, and alcohol use) are targeted outcomes of 21st CCLC.

Mercer Family Resource Center has worked with a number of agencies in the past to provide afterschool programming through Cohorts 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10 & 12. Natrona County Prevention Coalition serves as the Natrona County 21st CCLC advisory board.

Want more information or to get involved? Contact the NCPC Grant Coordinator at 307-265-7366.

21st CCLC programs are open to all youth and families in Natrona County.


Current Programs



VIBES TRIBE is for students in 7th-9th grade (ages 13-15) youth who are needing a safe place to work on homework, have a snack, and then build their musical skills.  VIBES Tribe will incorporate drum circles and marimbas in all styles of music to build musical competency, reading, and math skills while having fun and building social skills.  This FREE program will give youth the opportunity to explore how creating music can help them deal with stress and have a creative outlet.

Mondays-Wednesday 7AM-8:30AM & Monday- Friday 2:30-4PM

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Idea LAb

High school students, join the Idea Lab to learn real world skills, explore the frontiers of science and technology, and get volunteer experience. Idea Lab participants may eventually be able to apply for Explainer positions and become paid members of the Science Zone team. Everyday participation isn’t required, but encouraged. Snack is provided; bussing is available.

M-F, 3:30-5:30 PM @ the Science Zone

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Design team

Join the Design Team and develop real life skills to help in high school, college, and beyond. On Mondays and Tuesdays, Design Team works on projects using skills like computer programming, animal husbandry, robotics, gardening, and more. Wednesdays and Thursdays are volunteer days! Students develop workforce skills while helping out at the Science Zone or on field trips. Friday activities are planned and directed by students. We meet at The Science Zone and bussing is available.

M-F 3:15-5:15 PM @ the Science Zone


YMCA at Cottonwood

Join the YMCA of Natrona County at Cottonwood Elementary. Students develop written and oral communication skills with curriculum from WriteBrain Books and The Drama Notebook. Cottonwood Elementary also partners with Casper College Occupational Therapy program to engage in learning and movement.

M-F 3:30-7:00pm @ Cottonwood Elementary

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Boys and Girls club at Journey

The Journey Club meets in the new Journey Elementary.  Our staff is dedicated to introducing members to new interests and opportunities through unique educational programs such as LEGO Robotics, Space Camp, and Junior Master Gardener.

M-F 7-8:30 am & 3:30-6:00 pm @ Journey Elementary