Garden City Harvest
Garden City Harvest seeks a Summer Associate for its Youth Harvest Project, a therapy-based, service-oriented work program for at-risk teenagers. The goal of this project is to accelerate personal and professional development of low-income and disadvantaged teens to enhance life and job skills needed for success in high school, in the workforce, and beyond. GCH’s mission is to plant seeds and grow together to create a healthy community. GCH envisions a connected community where everyone values and has access to healthy, local food. The Youth Harvest Project (YHP) employs disadvantaged youth, ages 15-18, to work at one of its urban farms. Through YHP’s farm-based, work program teens learn to work together as a team, acquire sustainable farming and business skills, and grow as individuals both personally and professionally. The VISTA will contribute to program elements such as social-emotional groups and educational activities centered in sustainable agriculture, food security and health. Along with mentoring youth, the VISTA will perform daily farm tasks, including planting, weeding and harvesting. Apply here!
Missoula Food Bank and Community Center
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. The Summer Member will primarily focus on 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!
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!
State of Montana Arboretum
Serve this summer with the State of Montana Arboretum at the University of Montana! The summer VISTA will analyze and delineate the needs and components for a State of MT Arboretum Master Plan and Organizational Sustainability Action Plan. They will organize a work plan for the Arboretum Committee and future staffers to implement. That plan will include outreach to marginalized youth in collaboration with nonprofits that work with marginalized youth, 2-3 learning experiences about trees and the arboretum as a component of existing Missoula summer camps. Apply here!
Zootown Arts Community Center
Serve with the Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC)! The ZACC is a nonprofit art center providing accessible arts experiences for all through education, exhibitions, and events. Summer programs at the ZACC are designed to build confidence, foster creativity, and build strong relationships with the community, all things that are proven to increase youth’s chances at pursuing a college education. The Summer Associate will help mentor over 300 youth in over 25 summer art programs while providing college and high-school students with meaningful service and community engagement activities. Apply here!