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*BMVP - Improving Volunteer Mentorship and Training
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County aims to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. According to U.S. Census data, approximately 11% of Billings households are in poverty, and children under 18 make up over 29% of the city’s population. Children living in poverty are more at-risk for facing developmental and social challenges and often have less access to supportive adult role models because of their familial income. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County currently serves over 150 youth each year and still maintains a waitlist of about 60 children yearly. Most of the youth on the waitlist are males waiting for an adult male mentor, and male mentors' recruitment is not currently meeting the demand. Youth mentoring, specifically in Yellowstone County, has been noted to increase life skills among the youth participants. Youth mentees report an increase in academic performance and a decrease in school discipline instances, an increase in emotional regulation and a decrease in depressive symptoms, and an increase in family and school connectedness and a decrease in maladaptive behaviors (involvement with police, substance use, illegal activities, bullying). In addition, 96% of youth served by the organization in 2022 were able to identify at least one important adult in their life. The results observed by participants show the preparation of soft skills among mentees while enrolled in the program. This project will ensure that all volunteers are professionally recruited, trained, and supported in order to ensure quality interventions are in place to serve children in need. Children with access to positive role models will develop resilience skills, be encouraged to reach their potential, and be more prepared for higher education or a future career that increases the opportunity for self-sufficiency.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : Create meaningful change for youth in need by assisting with the enhancement of mentor recruitment and training opportunities in Yellowstone County! The overall goal of this project is to assist with the creation of a volunteer recruitment and training program to ensure best practices and national standards are being maintained, and to expand current efforts to allow for the recruitment of more mentors to serve the ever-growing waitlist. The VISTA will: evaluate and provide an improvement plan for recruitment and training practices to obtain and maintain quality mentors; and create comprehensive materials that enhance volunteer programming and resources.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Hunger ,  Veterans ,  Housing ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Community Outreach ,  Tribal ,  Education ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Health ,  Environment ,  Homelessness . 
Skills :
Conflict Resolution ,  General Skills ,  Team Work ,  Writing/Editing ,  Leadership ,  Communications ,  Public Speaking . 
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*BMVP - Improving Volunteer Mentorship and Training

Program Start/End Date
07/17/2023  -   07/15/2024

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  03/30/2023  To  06/16/2023 

Contact Carly Collins
2825 3rd Ave N
Billings   MT   59101

Listing ID 117808


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