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BMVP - Increasing Academic Engagement through Mentoring
 
 
 
The Billings Community Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt, innovative community foundation governed by local citizens promoting philanthropy and charitable giving. In 2015 local schools had a 53% retention rate for full time students, more than 25% lower than the national average, and only 27% of First Time students graduated after 6 years according to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES). Local students are not achieving the US National Average Retention Rate. With a 40% low-income population based on college portraits, only slightly below the national average according to NCES, local students are missing an integral piece of engagement that encourages continued enrollment. Mentors can prepare their mentees for professional careers and assist with their workplace skills by: helping set career goals and taking the steps to realize them; using personal contacts to help young people network with industry professionals, find internships, and locate possible jobs; introduce young people to resources and organizations they may not be familiar with; and help them develop skills for seeking a job, interviewing for a job, and keeping a job. The goal of this project is to increase academic engagement and retention rates for low-income first generation college students through mentoring connections facilitated via the Billings Community Foundation. This project will eliminate the cycle of poverty for low income college freshmen as mentoring results in school performance, attendance, engagement, and graduation rates. The mentoring relationships built through this project will give first generation, low income, college freshman the opportunity to have consistent, positive role models who will reinforce the knowledge that these students can be vital, contributing community members.
 
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Member Duties : Community engagement leads to student success with your help and the Billings Community Foundation’s Education Initiative! The goal of this project is to increase academic engagement and retention rates for low-income first generation college students through mentoring connections facilitated via the Billings Community Foundation. This project will eliminate the cycle of poverty for low income college freshmen as mentoring results in school performance, attendance, engagement, and graduation rates. The VISTA member will create a database of community partners, potential sponsors, and key stakeholders invested in this new mentoring initiative; create a comprehensive Marketing Plan and website update to build awareness and public support for the mentoring initiative.
 
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
 
Service Areas :
Health ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach ,  Hunger ,  Housing ,  Homelessness ,  Education ,  Children/Youth . 
 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Writing/Editing ,  Communications ,  General Skills ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Leadership ,  Counseling ,  Public Health . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
BMVP - Increasing Academic Engagement through Mentoring

Program Start/End Date
08/19/2019  -   08/17/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  06/24/2019  To  08/02/2019 

Contact Brenda Beckett
2825 3rd Ave N
Billings   MT   59101
4066578286
beckettb@billingsmt.gov
www.CityofBillings.net/vista
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 77387


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