Following are full-time VISTA Member and AmeriCorps Leader placement sites for the 2017-18 service year, listed alphabetically by city. VISTA Members serve behind the scenes with higher education, non-profits, and other community and government programs to address K-12 success, college access, and success and/or services for veterans. Your service will strengthen infrastructure, build capacity, and leverage higher education's resources to help alleviate poverty in Montana communities. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and have a bachelor's degree or comparable experience. AmeriCorps Leaders serve K-12 youth by normalizing college going, mentoring, and increasing student success and college access. Your service will enrich the lives of those you serve and leave lasting impacts on these students, families, and Montana communities as well as help to alleviate poverty through attaining higher education. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and have some college. Click the appropriate links to apply to an opportunity or to learn more about the service area/site.

  • VISTA Member positions will begin August 28, 2017 and will end August 27, 2018.
  • AmeriCorps Leader positions will begin September 1, 2017 and will end August 31, 2018.

BILLINGS

Girl Scouts of MT & WY (AmeriCorps Leader) Mentor underserved K-8th grade girls in activities to develop and implement college access, leadership, STEM and outdoors programming. The leader will support and lead a team of 2 college student AmeriCorps members. In Billings and on the Crow Reservation, the poverty rate is increasing, with the most affected group being kids under 18. The AmeriCorps program will help engage college students in delivering college-positive mentoring and guidance to underserved girls in grades k-8. They will engage them in mentoring, college access, leadership, STEM, and outdoors programming. The leader will develop at opportunities to bring elementary and middle school girls to campus to engage with professors and different departments with a variety of majors. They will support lessons and activities for girls in APD troops at local schools. Successful candidates will be passionate about creating equitable opportunities and addressing barriers for all youth to attend college. To serve with Billings Girl Scouts, apply here.

BUTTE

Montana Tech (AmeriCorps Leader) Lead a team of AmeriCorps members to engage underserved K-12 youth with mentoring activities designed to help them with student success and motive them to plan for and pursue post-secondary education. The AmeriCorps Team will engage first generation, low income youth in mentoring activities designed to help them succeed in school and motive them to plan for and pursue post-secondary education. The MTCC AmeriCorps Leader will recruit, support and lead a team of 6 college student AmeriCorps Team Members in collaborating with Butte High, Anaconda High, Ramsay, the Legion Oasis and Kids Coalition to promote and facilitate college positive activities for K-12 youth. The Leader will support the AmeriCorps team in various projects including engaging students in school and after school mentoring at partner schools and organizations, delivering college access curriculum such as financial literacy workshops, facilitating a summer nudging program encouraging post-secondary enrollment for recent high school graduates, recruiting and supporting college students as college positive volunteers to strengthen service projects and college access programming, plan for and participate in required National Days of Service, and engage students in community service projects to encourage civic and community engagement. To serve with MT Tech, apply here.

GLENDIVE

Dawson Community College (VISTA Member) Serve to support Dawson Community College in its vision to work with all its service area high schools in articulating dual enrollment classes. The purpose of this project is to increase awareness of and access to higher education in rural areas and to increase student success by providing training in transitioning high school students to college. Help develop partnerships with the service area high schools (Dawson County HS; Savage HS; Sidney HS; Wibaux HS; Terry HS; Lambert Public Schools; Circle HS; Glasgow HS; Wolf Point HS to encourage high school junior and seniors to pursue dual credit classes, as well as develop student support systems to help these students succeed. To serve with Dawson Community College, apply here.

GREAT FALLS

Girl Scouts of MT & WY (AmeriCorps Leader) Mentor underserved K-8th grade girls in activities to develop and implement college access, leadership, STEM and outdoors programming. The leader will support and lead a team of 2 college student AmeriCorps members. In Great Falls and on the Blackfeet Reservation, the poverty rate is increasing, with the most affected group being kids under 18. The AmeriCorps program will help engage college students in delivering college-positive mentoring and guidance to underserved girls in grades k-8. The team will engage them in mentoring, college access, leadership, STEM, and outdoors programming. They develop at opportunities to bring elementary and middle school girls to campus to engage with professors and different departments with a variety of majors. Support lessons and activities for girls in APD troops at local schools. The AmeriCorps Leader will commit to serving at least 1,700 hours and will participate in all MTCC training opportunities. Successful candidates will be passionate about creating equitable opportunities and addressing barriers for all youth to attend college. To serve with Girl Scouts, Great Falls, apply here.

HAVRE

Montana State University – Northern (AmeriCorps Leader) Support and expand college access activities at Havre High School, Box Elder High School, and the Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Line. Lead a team that will mentor and support at least 30 students in schools establishing one-on-one mentoring opportunities for students. The Leader will create relationships with Havre High and Box Elder High counselors and conduct mentoring/support activities with identified students at these schools. The Leader will recruit a team of 3 college student AmeriCorps members to serve with the Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Line and support MSUN’s college readiness initiative. The leader will plan and coordinate 5 pre-college activities with high school students focusing on College Application Week and FAFSA completion. Successful candidates will be passionate about creating equitable opportunities and addressing barriers for all youth to attend college. To serve with MSU-Northern, apply here.

HELENA

Helena College (VISTA Member) The VISTA member will serve at Helena College with the specific goal of building infrastructure that will support community-based learning (including service learning) and community engagement. This project will specifically focus on engaging low-income, first generation, or other underrepresented/at-risk students in community-based learning opportunities. VISTA service will consist of activities such as conducting a college-wide assessment of current community engagement practices, including how to improve documentation of those activities, to support strategic priorities and Core Themes objectives as well as building upon existing advisory boards/committees of campus personnel who can work together to build policies and practices conducive to meeting student and community needs. To serve with Helena College, apply here .

MISSOULA

Flagship (AmeriCorps Leader) Engage at-risk youth in college positive activities and healthy after school programming. The Flagship AmeriCorps Leader will assist in mentoring youth (25-50 students at each school) and in facilitating after-school programming that engages students in learning, career readiness, and leadership activities. After-school programs will provide at-risk youth a safe place to develop new skills, boost their self-esteem, and build meaningful relationships with college positive adults. The Leader will also recruit, support and lead a team of 3 AmeriCorps Team Members who will aid in volunteer recruitment, program documentation, student mentorship, and the facilitation of after-school programming. The AmeriCorps team will facilitate a volunteer outreach plan with a goal of recruiting 700 volunteers to lead and assist in Flagship after-school programs for the following academic year. To serve with Flagship, apply here.

Girl Scouts of MT & WY (AmeriCorps Leader) Mentor underserved K-8th grade girls in activities to develop and implement college access, leadership, STEM and outdoors programming. In Missoula, the poverty rate is increasing, with the most affected group being kids under 18. The AmeriCorps program will help engage college students in delivering college-positive mentoring and guidance to underserved girls in grades k-8. They will engage them in mentoring, college access, leadership, STEM, and outdoors programming. They develop at opportunities to bring elementary and middle school girls to campus to engage with professors and different departments with a variety of majors. Support lessons and activities for girls in APD troops at local schools. The AmeriCorps Leader will commit to serving at least 1,700 hours and will participate in all MTCC training opportunities. Successful candidates will be passionate about creating equitable opportunities and addressing barriers for all youth to attend college. To serve with Girl Scouts in Missoula, apply here.

EmpowerMT (AmeriCorps Leader) **POSITION FILLED** Serve this year by empowering youth leaders who work to end mistreatment, correct systemic inequalities and strengthen communities across the state. EmpowerMT envisions a Montana where each person is respected, where differences are understood, where youth, institutions, and communities share a commitment to correct injustices, and where all people have the opportunity to thrive without the risk of violence or oppression. EmpowerMT is an independent non-profit organization that began in 1998 as a volunteer-run chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute at the University of Montana. The 2014-2015 My Voice Survey found that only 45% of high schoolers felt that they were valued at school. Many students don’t feel appreciated and safe in school, demonstrated by 39% of students stating that bullying is a problem in their school. The 2015 YRBS Survey found 26% of Montana high school students had been bullied at school in the past 12 months, well above the national average. That number increased to 29% for Native American students in urban schools and 40% for students with disabilities. 6% of all high school students reported they did not go to school at least one or more day in the last 30 days because they felt unsafe. Feeling valued, respected, and safe at school is essential to academic success. The lack of acceptance and frequency of bullying and violence experienced at school correlates directly to the academic success of many student sub-groups. The MTCC AmeriCorps Leader will facilitate EmpowerMT programming to develop leaders at Big Sky High School and its feeder schools. Leader duties reflect EmpowerMT and Big Sky High School’s shared value that all people will be treated with respect and dignity and approached with recognition of their individual importance which in turn will keep keep students in school and increase academic success of these students as well as work to normalize college going.

MTCC Senior AmeriCorps Leader Serve this year in the Montana Campus Compact network office providing support services for AmeriCorps teams throughout the state, planning and executing training opportunities for AmeriCorps Leaders and service projects in Missoula, recruiting college students and community volunteers to serve, and utilizing social media and local media outlets to highlight the work of the MTCC AmeriCorps teams in Montana. The leader will assist with planning training opportunities for AmeriCorps Leaders and assist with and participate in host site visits throughout the state. The Leader will provide a variety of direct service activities in the community including supporting youth-focused programming, college campus tours, FAFSA applications and recruiting college student volunteers. To serve as the Senior AmeriCorps Leader, apply here.

spectrUM Discovery Area (AmeriCorps Leader) Serve this year by providing hands-on science education opportunities which promote a culture of learning and discovery for all, with the ultimate goal of inspiring young Montanans to pursue higher education and possibly careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The members will serve as a role models to the High School Explainers while they grow their science and education capabilities. They will provide hands-on science activities for at least 25 preschool to 8th grade youth per month through spectrUM programs, such as public hours, clubs, camps, and outreach activities. Provide opportunities for youth attending spectrUM programs to meet with and interact with role models from the University of Montana and affiliates in the community and will mentor high school students at the spectrUM Discovery Area. To serve with spectrUM, apply here.

PABLO

Salish Kootenai College (AmeriCorps Leader) Serve this year by mentoring youth in media arts and supporting them with activities to tackle Environmental Science and Cultural Heritage on the Flathead Reservation through media art/technology. The “SKC Flathead Tech4Good Co-op Project” which collaborates with community nonprofits, area schools, and philanthropic organizations on personal enrichment and community outreach opportunities for participating 8th-12th graders and SKC students. Quarterly Salish Kootenai College hosts a “jam” – a weekend of intensive collaboration to work with the client and expert techies and artists to uncover the relevant issues surrounding the community challenge, brainstorm and present solutions, and create art and tech prototypes intended to solve particular dimensions of the community challenge. Throughout the year, the AmeriCorps team will support workshops, focused work sessions, coordination meetings, and gathering community members to get input and feedback on proposed solutions. To serve with SKC, apply here.

POLSON

Friends Forever Mentoring (VISTA Member) 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 serve with Friends Forever Mentoring, apply here.


POPLAR

Fort Peck Community College Work to increase college access and student success for students on the Fort Peck Reservation. Poplar is the second largest town on Fort Peck Reservation and is the home to the headquarters for the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes. At Poplar High School, only 39% of students graduated in the 2015-2016 school year. The AmeriCorps Leader in Poplar will support their team in utilizing the resources and connections of Fort Peck Community College to support local tribal students. Various activities may include: youth sports programming, mentoring at the juvenile detention center, educational community garden projects, high school to college bridge curriculum implementation, and high school tutoring programs. To serve this year at Fort Peck Community College, apply here.

SIDNEY

Richland County Boys & Girls Club (AmeriCorps Leader) Mentor K-12 youth at the Boys & Girls Club and Richland and Dawson County school districts to encourage student success and post-secondary enrollment. The Richland County Boys & Girls Club AmeriCorps Leader will recruit, support and lead a team of college student AmeriCorps Members in supporting first generation, low income youth through academic mentoring, civic engagement, and promoting healthy lifestyles at the Boys and Girls Club. The team will engage in variety of projects including supporting a food stability/backpack programs, delivering financial aid and scholarship workshops, assisting with college and job fairs, facilitating community and school based mentoring programs, recruiting and supporting college student volunteers to strengthen service projects and college access programming, assisting with required national days of service projects, and engaging students in community service projects to encourage civic and community engagement. The team will partner with school districts in Richland and Dawson Counties to encourage post-secondary education through financial aid workshops, college and job fairs, scholarship preparation workshops, and mentor programs. To serve with Richland County Boys & Girls Club, apply here.