Following are fulltime VISTA placement sites for the year beginning July 24, 2017 and ending July 23, 2018. If you are interested in any of these positions, just click the appropriate link to apply.
Butte America Foundation (BAmF)
Begin your yearlong term of service supporting and expanding the efforts of the Butte America Foundation by offering educational resources and tools to economically disadvantaged youth and adults in Butte. Help develop training materials for audio production, newsmaking, and oral history recordings to engage K-12 and college students in media literacy, and develop relationships with Montana Tech and Highlands College to engage students in meaningful service. This project will provide marketable skills to area students as well as educate and ameliorate the local community, helping to alleviate poverty by increasing workplace skills and employment opportunities for high school and college students after they graduate. To apply for service with BAmF, click here!
Ecology Project International
Spend your year of service supporting EPI’s vision of creating an ecologically literate society where youth are empowered to take active roles in conservation. As a VISTA member you will Increase environmental literacy (knowledge, competencies, dispositions, and behaviors) in low-income populations across the state of Montana by evaluating EPI courses and utilizing the results to strengthen curricular resources and outcomes. Through these experiential education field courses, youth from rural Montana communities will engage – often for the first time – in authentic science research, and connect with mentors in an academically rigorous program that aims to increase their environmental literacy, college readiness, and interest in STEM fields. To apply to serve in Missoula with EPI, click here.
The Literacy Center of Northwest Montana
Complete your year of service working to move children out of poverty by promoting literacy in the Flathead Valley. With a focus on youth programming, you will build a team of volunteers from local high schools and Flathead Valley Community College to serve the community through various literacy programs for low-income children. Your efforts will build and strengthen partnerships between the community and local college students. To serve at the Flathead Valley Literacy Center, click here!
Fort Peck Community College School to Careers
Spend your year of service assisting at-risk Native American students, who deal with generational poverty and high unemployment rates as a community, in succeeding in essential K-12 education skills, while focusing them on their interests and possible career choices. Your efforts in developing and strengthening dual partnerships with Fort Peck Community College and the public school, will ultimately result in declining dropout rates, improved high school retention and graduation rates, and matriculation into post-secondary education, which will fight the generational poverty and high unemployment through education. To apply, click here!
Friends Forever Mentoring
Begin your year of service strengthening the foundation of Friends Forever Mentoring to better serve at-risk youth on the Flathead Reservation. FFM helps to move disadvantaged K-12 students out of poverty by offering educational afterschool programming, services and mentorship to youth participants and their families. Matching youth with a mentor provides them with a positive relationship they can depend on for support and guidance. Help Friends Forever Mentoring create an organized outreach system to help grow the organization as a whole. To apply, click here!
Complete your year of service in an innovative career pathways program for Lincoln County junior and senior high school students. Your efforts building the program will provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on technical experience and advancement opportunities, and help ensure that they receive initial training and certification to kick start their career endeavors with the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities required to succeed. Click here to apply!
Montana Nonprofit Association
Complete your year of service developing and implementing Service Learning and Credentialing initiatives for MNA’s Next Gen Nonprofit Leadership program. Your work will help alleviate poverty by creating an avenue to bring first generation or nontraditional students into leadership positions in the nonprofit sector as volunteers or staff. You will serve as a liaison between MNA and MSU, between classrooms that offer service learning as a curriculum component and nonprofits seeking service learning placements. You will also help develop opportunities for professional credentialing for nonprofit leaders. To apply for this position, click here!
MSU Bozeman Foodbank
Complete your year of service initiating and sustaining a campus food pantry on the Montana State University campus. You will be actively engaged in collecting data to further understand the need, clientele, and food sourcing issues related to this pantry project, and facilitate the pilot pop-up food pantry markets at MSU. You will also work with the Gallatin Valley Food Bank and MSU Food Service to pursue pre-consumer food rescue food for the MSU campus food pantry. To build sustainable program support you will also pursue funding through grants and/or donors, and build a student volunteer and intern program. To apply, click here!
Ravalli County Museum
Spend your service year with the Ravalli County Museum developing and providing educational programs that preserve and interpret the historical and cultural heritage of the Bitterroot Valley. Your work will include continuing development of a comprehensive outreach tool to alert teachers to upcoming museum exhibits and school tours, and continuing development of the Museum’s adult education programming and the Children’s Free Saturday Education Programs. Other opportunities will include working to create the inaugural Nez Perce National Historic Trail Living History event in August 2018; research opportunities in collaboration with the Forest Service More Kids in the Woods Program; and assisting with planning for a potential exhibit and curriculum for the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail. If this sounds like the service position for you, apply here!
Salish Kootenai College – Flathead Tech 4 Good
The goal of this project is to engage at-risk 8th-12th grade students in out of school programming. Students will apply STEAM-based, collaborative problem solving skills to community problems, increasing technical and artistic skills, self-efficacy and future goal planning in participants. Conduct a community needs assessment to map challenges and resources on the Flathead Reservation, collaborate with community leaders to help build program curriculum, and recruit 8th-12th grade students to participate! To serve with Flathead Tech 4 Good, apply here.
Montana State University Blackstone Launchpad
Complete a year of service with the Montana State University (MSU) Blackstone LaunchPad, located in Bozeman, MT. Help to increase community awareness and partnerships to elevate the availability of the LaunchPad for: economically disadvantaged, first generation, non-traditional, women, Native American, and Veteran students. The Blackstone LaunchPad mission is to promote entrepreneurship as a viable career option. Blackstone LaunchPad at MSU provides opportunities to students from Montana communities, large and small, to pursue non-traditional careers. To apply for service with MSU Blackstone LaunchPad Outreach, click here!
University of Montana Broader Impact Group -We Are Montana in the Classroom
Complete a year of service with the U of M Broader Impact Group (BIG) located in Missoula, MT. Inspire K-12 aged students, especially in rural and tribal communities, about the opportunities available through higher education and career pathways. The Broader Impacts Group harnesses the university's research and creative scholarship to educate and inspire the people of Montana, especially our next generation. BIG is standing by to connect Montanans with UM and to assist researchers in creating meaningful, sustainable broader impacts that meet the real needs of Montana's communities and learners. To apply to serve with We Are Montana in the Classroom click here.
University of Montana Blackstone Launchpad
Begin a yearlong term of service with U of M’s Blackstone LaunchPad located in Missoula, MT. Help execute programming that builds on outreach and engages students, particularly underserved populations, with the Blackstone Launchpad. The Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana (BLP-UM) helps Montana University System community turn their ideas, skills and passions into real world businesses and nonprofit organizations. To serve with UM Blackstone Launchpad click here.
Health Promotion Disease Prevention
Serve with the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Wellness Program on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation to move underserved, tribal youth out of poverty by developing community-based youth empowerment programs. Help build community investment and support by implementing new educational and extra-curricular program and project opportunities for all students, increasing K-12 success and opportunities out of poverty through increased educational access. To serve with Health Promotion Disease Prevention click here.