Celebrate WyoGives 2024

WyoGives 2024

Supporting Wyoming’s Youth Through Education and Innovation

Wyoming’s Day of Giving, WyoGives, is back for its fifth year promising a day of unity, philanthropy, and celebration of important initiatives ranging from food insecurity to cybersecurity education. 

This year, the CyberWyoming Alliance is focusing on two key educational initiatives: shipping costs for LEGO cybersecurity attack and defense models and pizza for the MAGIC Cybersecurity Puzzle Challenge.

Shipping Costs for LEGO Models:

These LEGO models are not just about building; they teach engineering, circuitry, networking, and Python programming through hands-on activities. Wyoming teachers borrow these models for a full semester, using them to inspire the next generation of tech-savvy leaders. Shipping each kit costs between $65 and $90, and with increasing demand, the estimated annual average shipping cost is $2,400.

Pizza Costs for the MAGIC Cybersecurity Puzzle Challenge:

Hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC), these virtual cybersecurity challenges engage Wyoming middle school, high school, and college students. They develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills while introducing students to cybersecurity. Wyoming teams have ranked in the top 10 nationwide, occasionally breaking into the top 5. To support participating teams on this Saturday event, the CyberWyoming Alliance provides pizza for lunch during the challenge to keep up energy and concentration levels and address potential food insecurity issues since the school cafeteria is closed on weekends. The estimated annual pizza cost is $1,000 for 12 teams, with potential for more as the number of participating teams grows.

With the CyberWyoming Alliance, like many fundraisers on WyoGives day, donations are matched by companies and organizations interested in supporting the cause.  In 2024, the CyberWyoming Alliance educational donations will be boosted by three different organizations: Red Queen Dynamics, NEW BOCES, and the Hughes Charitable Foundation.  Thus, donating early can potentially triple the impact.

Red Queen Dynamics is matching LEGO Attack and Defense Model Shipping donations up to $450.

Northeast Wyoming (NEW) BOCES is matching Pizza and LEGO Attack and Defense Model Shipping donations up to $750.

Finally, the Hughes Charitable Foundation Incentive Pool will boost every online donation made to the CyberWyoming Alliance, and other participating WyoGives organizations, via WyoGives.org on July 10th with a generous $1,000,000 pool.

CyberWyoming Alliance also needs equipment to maintain the LEGO models. Since much of the equipment is donated, when a laptop breaks, teachers are instructed to take it apart and create another lesson.  Thus, interested donors should also consider donating an old, working Windows laptop capable of running Windows PowerShell or a home Wi-Fi router or switch no longer in use. Contact the CyberWyoming Alliance at info@cyberwyoming.org for more information.

Join Us in Making a Difference

Celebrate WyoGives on July 10, 2024, and be part of a statewide effort to support Wyoming nonprofits. Contributions will help foster innovation, education, and community development across Wyoming.

For more information and to donate, visit the CyberWyoming Alliance WyoGives website: https://www.wyogives.org/organizations/cyberwyoming-alliance 

The CyberWyoming Alliance is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Donations are tax-deductible and support programs that have a direct impact on local Wyoming communities.

About WyoGives

WyoGives is a powerful statewide 24-hour online fundraising event organized by the Wyoming Nonprofit Network designed to bring the state together as one community to raise funds and awareness for Wyoming’s nonprofits. On this special day, over 350 organizations will participate, each dedicated to making a significant impact in our communities.  This year’s WyoGives event coincides with Wyoming’s Statehood Day on July 10, 2024, offering a unique opportunity to honor our state’s rich history while supporting the nonprofits that enrich our lives every day.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on July 10, donations can be made through the WyoGives website, with many contributions potentially enhanced by partners or boosted by the Hughes Charitable Foundation Incentive Pool. A live ticker will showcase incoming donations, highlighting the collective effort and impact of the community.

Learn more at: https://www.wyogives.org/ 

About the CyberWyoming Alliance: The CyberWyoming Alliance is a statewide, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Laramie whose mission is to increase cybersecurity awareness, education, and outreach in communities across the State of Wyoming. Learn more at: https://cyberwyoming.org/

Students immersed in hands-on learning with LEGO models
LEGO Model of a Hospital
Student demonstrating how to use a LEGO model to classmates
Albany County Nonprofits Participating in WyoGives

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