Summer Associate Application

Following are MTCC’s National Service 10-Week Summer Associate positions listed by city. Service begins on June 8, 2020 and ends August 17, 2020. Click the “apply here” link at the end of the listing you want to apply for.

Benefits include a living stipend and an education award of approximately $1,300 that can be applied to college loans or tuition. Contact Callye Foster, VISTA AmeriCorps Program Manager if you have any questions.

Bigfork Aces, Inc.
This summer help maintain a summer garden and represent ACES with Bigfork Aces, Inc. Bigfork ACES’ vision is to encourage each child to pursue and achieve their highest personal potential. The goal of this Summer Associate project is to provide healthy, nutritious meals to the youth of Bigfork along with enrichment activities that will help prevent summer learning loss. This will be accomplished through the SFSP meals program and careful program planning that will include; academic enrichment, STEM, Indian Education, sports and recreation, health and nutrition and community service. By offering nutritious meals and family support for working parents we will help parents keep their jobs, make more money and relieve the stress of feeding their children. Apply here!

Upward Bound MSU Billings
Serve with MSU-Billings Upward Bound to mentor students and provide activities, opportunities, and support to increase retention rates of economically disadvantaged, first-generation students.  MSU-Billings’ Upward Bound mission is to assist low-income, first-generation college bound high school students in the successful completion of secondary education and prepare them academically and socially for enrollment and completion of higher education. The goal of this Summer Associate project is to prepare low-income, first generation students to succeed in high school and enroll in post-secondary education. The Summer Associates will plan and implement weekly educational, creative, and athletic activities to engage students; document student participation in weekly activities; meet weekly with a team of 8-9 students, leading team building, communication, and leadership opportunities; and help students develop and follow through on a meaningful SMART goal for the summer. Apply here!

Bozeman Library
Spend your summer helping early readers thrive at the Bozeman Library. The library’s mission is to create opportunities that inspire curiosity, exploration and connection. The goal of the Summer Associate project is to stop the summer slide for students in grades K-12. This project will give students the tools to educationally thrive and thus live outside poverty through increased academic success. The Summer Associate will support the library staff by planning and implementing programs for school children. Most of the activities will take place on the Bozeman Public Library Bookmobile, but activities at the library may be a possibility. Other tasks the member will perform are leading story times, marketing library and Bookmobile services, and tracking summer reading logs. Apply here!

Gallatin Valley YMCA STEM, Literacy and Nutrition Camps
Serve this summer 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-rising 7th grade, and will also be responsible for planning snacks for the summer programs including shopping and delivering 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 for Literacy! Apply here for STEM!

Greater Gallatin United Way KidsLINK
This summer serve with the Greater Gallatin United Way’s KidsLINK and help children in the Gallatin Valley. Greater Gallatin United Way’s (GGUW) mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities by identifying priority needs, forming innovative partnerships, finding new solutions to old problems, securing resources, and inspiring individuals to join the fight against our communities’ most daunting challenges. Research shows that kids who regularly participate in quality out-of-school time programs have increased school-day attendance and perform better in school, which leads to reduced chances of poverty in the future. The primary purpose of this AmeriCorps VISTA project is to increase the sustainability and quality of Greater Gallatin United Way’s Belgrade Middle School Summer Camp. The Summer Associate will help plan activities and lead group events, monitor kids, and respond to incidents, such as behavioral problems or accidents, log events, and maintain records relating to activities, and discuss camper participation and concerns with parents and other camp staff members. Apply here!

Human Resource Development Council District IX
Help fight hunger this summer with the Human Resource Development Council District IX. HRDC is a non-profit Community Action Agency providing programs and services in the areas of housing, food and nutrition, child and youth development, senior empowerment, transportation, energy assistance, and community development. Summer Associates will play an integral role in preparing and providing support to our twelve meal sites through Gallatin County. This includes meal prep and production, record keeping, meal service, site supervision, and volunteer support. Access to meals in the summer months can be a hurdle for kids and their families. Providing accessible summer meal sites with educational activities not only supports a child’s nutritional needs, but it also helps children fight the “summer slide” effect. Over the summer many young people and their families lose access to critical supports that keep them safe, healthy, and engaged in learning. Summer Associates will support the production and distribution of summer meals which will directly assist families and ensure children have access to meals with fresh fruits and veggies even when parents may be at work. Apply here!

Action, Inc.
Serve with Action, Inc. this summer and help educate the Butte area about nutrition. Action Inc. exists to help address needs of poor and low-income people, community environments that perpetuate poverty and sustained low-income status, and public policy changes impacting programs and resource availability in a six-county region of Southwest Montana. Our goal is to ensure no one faces alone the hardships associated with poverty and low-income. Action Inc.’s Summer Meals Program is an essential program to provide meals for food insecure children. Assisting more kids with lunches and breakfasts during the summer months ensures that food insecure children are getting the nutrition they need. The Summer Associates will work directly with Action Inc.’s Outreach/Community Development Specialist to strengthen awareness, encourage more participation, and provide nutrition along with healthy living education for children and their parents/guardians at its ten meal sites in Butte and two meal sites in Deer Lodge through activities and events. Apply here!

Get Fit Great Falls
Help mentor and feed children this summer by serving with GetFit Great Falls. GetFit Great Falls promotes the benefits of healthy lifestyles to the citizens of Great Falls and Cascade County through a unified community effort that encourages cultural and systemic change. The Summer Associates, also known as Park Pals, will coordinate with the local school district’s food truck, which brings meals to hungry kids during the summer, and the Bookmobile, which  brings books to those same children at similar locations. While being served lunch, children will be engaged physically and mentally by the Park Pals through activities designed to enrich them. In doing so the Park Pals will help end the educational backslide many disadvantaged children undergo during the summer months. Apply here!

Sunburst Unlimited, Inc.
Summer in the Garden– VISTA 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 we had three VISTAs and went from serving 30-40 kids a week to 150+ and established collaborations with St. Vincent de Paul and Montana Food Bank Network to provide snacks every day. To help us grow, apply here!

Bitterroot Public Library
This summer help early readers thrive at the Bitterroot Public Library. The mission of Bitterroot Public Library is to provide equal access to quality library services, programming, and activities to support lifelong learning to residents from all walks of life. Early literacy skill building and multiple literacies development are two important considerations as we plan and serve our young residents.This Summer Associate project will provide children and families with quality programs and activities that are free and easy to access through the public library. Throughout the summer the Member will help plan and implement educational events and activities for children and their families as well as other important functions.These opportunities, designed to encourage lifelong learning and curiosity, support early literacy and multiple literacies skill development. Apply here!

Evergreen Kids Corner Cooperative Preschool
Serve this summer at Evergreen Kids Corner Preschool’s Summer Explorers camp! Their camps are fun, engaging half-day programs designed to enrich young children and promote school readiness during summer break. The summer associate will assist with Summer Explorers camps daily functions by developing an outreach campaign to improve access and inclusion to families outside of Hamilton and surrounding communities and increase community volunteer engagement by recruiting and training volunteers to assist in developing camp programming. Apply here!

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. MAPS was one of 12 programs nationwide to receive the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, our country’s highest honor for creative youth development organizations. The 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. Apply here!

ExplorationWorks – Helena, MT
Serve this summer at ExporationWorks and inspire disadvantaged youth with a love of science! The goal of this programming is for participants to aspire to STEM careers, increasing their likelihood of moving out of poverty. As a VISTA 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!

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!

North Valley Food Bank
By serving with the North Valley Food Bank you will play a vital role in helping feel youth and their families in Columbia Falls, Hungry Horse, Martin City, and Coram while working closely with North Valley Food Bank staff and volunteers, Whitefish School District employees, and representing both entities professionally in the communityThe summer member’s main responsibility will be to distribute food to school-aged children in the identified communities with respect and dignity. In addition, the VISTA is expected to complete all relative administrative tasks, such as tally and report all daily totals and menu needs to the Whitefish School District, in an organized and timely manner. Apply here!

Youth, Inc – Stevens Youth Center
Serve with the Stevens Youth Center implementing summer programming with the aim of offering fun, engaging experiences that continue students’ education over the course of the summer. The SYC summer program focuses on the same areas our school year program does, expanding on the learning that happens during the day at school. We do what we can to help prevent the summer learning loss that often occurs. By offering free summer programs and scholarships for those that cannot afford to pay for the programs that carry a fee, the Stevens Youth Center helps working families. The VISTA will work to create an increased participation strategy for the Summer Meals Program by developing special events and increasing offerings to help ensure less summer learning loss as well as give parents the peace of mind of knowing that their child is in a safe, supportive environment without stretching their already tight resources. The member will also work with the SNAP Education Instructor to get kids and their families involved in the local farmers market. Apply here!