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* BMVP - Expand & Diversify Youth Mentorship Opportunities
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County’s (BBBSYC) mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Mentorship programs between mentors and mentees, or “Bigs” and “Littles” support the stability and growth of youth. Over 100 youth in Yellowstone County are served currently; however, there is a need for expansion in BBBSYC’s other service areas. According to 2019 Census data, Yellowstone County’s poverty rate is approximately 10.9%, while surrounding counties including Carbon County and Big Horn County have both higher poverty and higher unemployment rates. Research shows that children exposed to issues related to poverty are “more likely to be affected by challenges with mental health and … mental health problems often impair overall academic achievement and the ability of children to succeed in school.” A recent study also found that 47% of parents reported increased emotional or behavioral problems in children since the onset of the current pandemic. Experiences of low-income families and children are continually impacted by an increasingly uncertain job market, arising new health concerns, and the implementation of alternative schooling methods. Nevertheless, studies indicate a multitude of educational, behavioral, and developmental benefits of ongoing mentoring relationships. New evidence even suggests that “natural mentors may be instrumental in providing long-term economic benefits for youth...” By diversifying and increasing these opportunities, youth across southern Montana will have increased access to high quality, stable mentorships in order to give them the toolset they need to grow into well-balanced adults.
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Member Duties : Support expansion of mentoring services for youth at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County (BBBSYC) in Montana! The overall goal of this project is to improve academic engagement and social / emotional skills of youth by enhancing and expanding volunteer programs, thus making mentorship opportunities more available. The AmeriCorps VISTA member will expand access to BBBSYC programs in new service counties as well as improve its other volunteer programs through the following activities: community assessment; community awareness and engagement; program development and delivery; and volunteer resource development. The successful VISTA Member will create partnerships with key community stakeholders, source volunteers from additional service counties, communicate with schools that may promote potential mentorship opportunities, and raise awareness of opportunities provided by BBBSYC in order to find families and youth who would benefit from their programming.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Health ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Housing ,  Community Outreach ,  Education ,  Veterans ,  Homelessness ,  Children/Youth ,  Hunger . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Youth Development ,  Communications ,  Community Organization ,  General Skills ,  Public Speaking ,  Writing/Editing ,  Leadership ,  Education . 
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* BMVP - Expand & Diversify Youth Mentorship Opportunities

Program Start/End Date
02/16/2021  -   02/15/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  11/20/2020  To  01/10/2021 

Contact Carly Collins
2825 3rd Ave N
Billings   MT   59101
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 100137