JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 Ever since announcing his retirement from teaching, Jim Rooks has never been busier. \u201cDon\u2019t call it a retirement,\u201d Rooks said. The fixture in the classroom at Teton County School District for the past two decades followed his retirement announcement almost immediately with news he would run for town council. Now comes word Rooks has accepted a part-time position with the Center for Wonder where he will head up the newly-created Wonder Institute. Founded by Gary and Veronica Silberberg in 2007, the Center of Wonder seeks to empower creative leaders by funding arts organizations, recognizing outstanding teachers, and supporting various nonprofits and creative individuals in the community. The Wonder Institute will be aimed at offering myriad engaging programs for Teton County youth aged 15-25 years. \u201cWe have excellent local schools but they cannot be expected to shoulder the totality of demands presented by the 21st Century,\u201d\u00a0Rooks said. Economic forecasts are challenging for all levels of government and the Wonder Institute intends to offer unique programs for young people.\u00a0It will offer summer programming beginning in July to help empower youth with opportunities as the community works through the challenges of COVID-19. Rooks will be offering two of his favorite programs\u2014a civic education project called \u2018We the People,\u2019 and a financial literacy course called the \u2018Stock Market Game.\u2019 Rooks says he is excited about the number of programs the Wonder Institute intends to offer, including everything from internships, apprenticeships and work opportunities, to service learning, and special age-level social events. \u201cJust watch what we do for the youth of Jackson Hole in the coming months and years.\u00a0We all know the incredible capacity of our community when we unite under one goal, which for us, is youth engagement,\u201d\u00a0Rooks said.