Following are opportunities to serve this summer as AmeriCorps or VISTA service members. Positions are listed by the city in which members will serve. To learn more about each organization, click the organization name. Click the "to apply" link for any positions you would like to apply. All summer service terms are 10 weeks beginning June 1, 2018 and ending August 9, 2018. For stipend, scholarship and benefit information, click here.
Moss Mansion Museum – Summer Associates will assist staff in fulfilling the requirements of the Suitcase Program expansion and student year-round tours (awareness and communications with local teachers and schools), facilitate summer learning partnerships with local organizations by direct interaction with student participants on the Moss grounds, and will be a counselor at summer learning camps on the Moss campus. The Summer Associate will become familiar with all aspects of daily operations at the museum including opening/closing duties, daily tours, and fundraising events. Apply here and contact Aly Winterhalter (406) 256-5100.
Girl Scouts of Montana & Wyoming (GSMW) Billings – This summer serve with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience Program, which brings Girl Scouting to girls who might not be able to participate in a year-long traditional troop. The Summer Associate will expand programming in two ways: by helping plan and implement a variety of day programs in Billings and by helping recruit adult volunteers to work with girls. This program is designed to help girls reach their leadership potential and enable every girl to become a leader in the way she sees fit. The GSMW believes that Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Apply here and contact Kelsey Nix 800-736-5243.
YMCA Billings – Serve with the Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program to help mitigate summer learning loss for children from low income environments through summer reading and enrichment activities. Assist in the social and emotional growth of 1st-5th graders by working with teachers in this free program for students who attend Title-1 schools. The Billings Family YMCA makes sure that everyone, regardless of age, background or income has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. They believe that personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our children, health, and neighbors. Apply here and contact Kim Gottwals (406) 294-1623.
Gallatin Valley YMCA – This summer serve as a Summer Camp STEM Enhancement Associate, a Literacy Enhancement Associate or a Nutrition Associate. STEM Associates will engage K-8th youth in fun, hands-on STEM activities. Literacy Enhancement Associates will assist in implementing Gallatin Valley YMCA's Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program including administrative support, program planning and implementation, communication with school districts, lesson plan creation, and parent communication. Nutrition Associates will present nutrition programs to students ranging from rising-K through rising-7th grade, and will also be responsible for planning snacks for the summer programs including shopping and delivering of snacks to each site. The Gallatin Valley YMCA is a cause-driven inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of every child and teen, improve the community’s health and well-being, and by giving back to support neighbors. Apply here and contact Sarah Lutiger 406-994-9622.
Girl Scouts of Montana & Wyoming (GSMW) Bozeman – This summer serve with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience Program, which brings Girl Scouting to girls who might not be able to participate in a traditional year-long troop. The Summer Associate will expand programming in two ways: by helping plan and implement a variety of day programs in Bozeman and by helping recruit adult volunteers to work with girls. This program is designed to help girls reach their leadership potential and enable every girl to become a leader in the way she sees fit. The GSMW believes that Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Apply here and contact Jennifer McFarland 800-736-5243.
Boys and Girls Club of Cascade County – Serve this summer by Promoting Healthy Food Habits or Assisting with Summer Brain Gain! The Summer Associate working to promote healthy food habits will facilitate farm-to-table and meal site activities, assist with meal service, and work on outreach to improve summer feeding program attendance. The Brain Gain Summer Associate will work on summer learning loss prevention efforts through the implementation and facilitation of Brain Gain, Boys & Girls Club summer learning loss prevention program, and other related academic and STEM programs and activities. The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Cascade County is to enable all young people, especially those who are in the most need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Apply here and contact Emily Waters 406-763-1875.
Sunburst Unlimited, Inc. – Serve this summer with Sunburst Unlimited's Summer in the Garden program. Summer Associates, working in partnership with other community summer programs, will mentor 120-200 underserved K-7 youth in growing, harvesting, preparing, serving and eating their own fresh produce from their 2-acre garden on city park land. Because of AmeriCorps VISTAs, Sunburst Unlimited has been able to increase the number of partnerships and kids served. Last year the three Summer Associates served over 150 youth and established collaborations with St. Vincent de Paul and Montana Food Bank Network to provide snacks every day. Apply here and contact Mike Dalton 406-868-2359.
MAPS Media Institute – Serve this summer with MAPS (Media Arts in Public Schools)! MAPS offers award-winning programs to empower young people through hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM). The goal of MAPS is to inspire Montana's rural, under-served, 8th – 12th grade students through courses in Film, Design, Music, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. Through these programs students learn self-confidence, leadership and empathy for others, creating a strong foundation for the success in all their future endeavors. 2018 Summer Associates will assist with STEAM based summer media arts program for 8th -12th grade students, and will also assist the MAPS production crew on several week-long intensive workshops focused primarily on Montana's Indian Reservations. Apply here and contact Clare Ann Harff (406) 363-4824.
ExplorationWorks – Serve this summer at ExporationWorks and inspire disadvantaged youth with a love of science! As a Summer Associate you will provide hands-on STEM programming for K-12 children in Helena, East Helen, Clancy and Boulder areas; increase the visibility of ExplorationWorks through partnering with and attending community events to deliver hands-on STEM learning; actively promote the student and community volunteer opportunities; and promote the Family Access Membership program which will increase access to the museum for underserved families. Apply here and contact Sara Feilzer 406-457-1800.
YMCA Helena – This summer serve with the Helena Family YMCA in the Summer Literacy Academy. Help provide access to academic and enrichment activities for Helena’s literacy challenged and economically disadvantaged youth. Some of the main activities within the project include: assisting certified teachers in the implementation and facilitation of reading and enrichment curriculum including arts, music, physical activity, character development, STEM, nutrition education, and family engagement. Summer Members will guide the academic and social development of children ensuring a safe, enriching, and healthy environment. Apply here and contact Stacy Elton (406)-202-8749
Parks and Recreation – This summer serve with Missoula Parks and Recreation for their REACH MORE Program that offers youth of all abilities and backgrounds the opportunity to adventure together in an inclusive environment. Many of the participants have few options for summer enrichment due to disability or lack of supportive environments. Given the direct link between disability and poverty, using recreation programs is one way communities can educate and combat poverty. The program focuses on using adventure and the natural environment as a teaching tool for growth and development. By offering opportunities to address their needs and advocate for themselves through recreation and leadership programs, the program instills self-advocacy, self-sufficiency, and health and wellness in participants. Apply here and contact Meg Whicher 406-552-6271 x721.
YWCA GUTS (Girls Using Their Strengths)! – Do you love working with youth in the outdoors? Serve at YWCA Missoula with the GUTS! Summer Outdoor Adventures Program! You will help develop STEM-related educational activities and outdoor leadership curriculum, collaborate with community partners to expand GUTS! Curriculum, and work with GUTS! staff to integrate place-based education, including native history and culture. The mission of GUTS! is eliminate racism and empower women by supporting them in discovering their strengths, developing leadership skills, and using their voices to activate positive community change through mentoring, small group discussion, outdoor challenges, and community action projects. Apply here and contact Roe Erin (406) 543-6691.
Flagship Program – Serve this summer with Missoula’s Flagship Program! Summer members will work directly with the Flagship Youth Development Coordinators at Hawthorne, Franklin and Lowell Elementary Schools to implement academic enrichment programs through field trips and project based learning. The Summer members will manage the logistics for the summer program, communicate with community partners on field trips/presentations, and get trained on MBI strategies for working with youth. Members will also engage in direct service in the Summer Camp using MBI and positive youth mentoring strategies. The six week-long summer camps offer a different theme with different students attending each week. Apply here and contact Derek Calvert (406)-728-2400 ext. 4425
Missoula Food Bank – In serving this summer to help run their Summer Meal Service Program, you will play a vital role in making good, healthy food accessible to all kids in Missoula through the summer months. In Summer 2018 Missoula Food Bank will expand its lunch efforts to include Lolo School and the Missoula Public Library to connect the community with additional resources and educational content. The Summer Member will primarily focus on these two sites, helping to provide support to volunteers, managing required paperwork, and making the sites engaging, educational and fun for participants. Missoula Food Bank’s mission is to lead the movement to end hunger in the Missoula community through activism, volunteerism and healthy food for all. Apply here and contact Jamie Breidenbach 406-549-0543 x213.
Montana Natural History Center – Serve this summer with Montana Natural History Center’s Summer Outdoor Discovery Day Camps to help create high-quality, impactful summer programming to improve school readiness and move Missoula area children and families out of poverty. You will primarily work within preschool-kindergarten summer camps, assisting camp instructors, leading and potentially developing lessons, developing pre- and post-camp evaluations, and serving as a role model and mentor for early learners. By instilling a love of exploration, providing opportunities to participate in real world science, and sharing the fun of learning through creative, interactive and primarily outdoor activities, we encourage children to pursue education, graduation and life-long learning, regardless of their financial background. Apply here and contact Stephanie Potts 406-327-0405.
Girl Scouts of Montana & Wyoming (GSMW) Missoula – This summer serve with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience Program, which brings Girl Scouting to girls who might not be able to participate in a year-long traditional troop. The Summer Associate will expand programming in two ways: by helping plan and implement a variety of day programs in Missoula and by helping recruit adult volunteers to work with girls. This program is designed to help girls reach their leadership potential and enable every girl to become a leader in the way she sees fit. The GSMW believes that Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Apply here and contact Lissa Scott 800-736-5243.
Salish Kootenai College – Serve with SKC as an Upward Bound Team Leader this summer. Upward Bound Team members will work with students in grades 9-12 during the Upward Bound college preparatory summer component, providing support to students in completing academic, retention, career exploration, and college visitation activities designed to better prepare low income, first-generation Upward Bound students for success in postsecondary education. This summer staff, students, and participants will integrate an educational model referred to as “growth mindset” which focuses on multiple intelligences, individual interest and effort, and a belief that intelligence, and therefore learning, is an ongoing process of exploring and realizing talent, creativity, and potential. Apply here and contact Heather Licht (406)-275-4988