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*MTCC VISTA- Great Falls LGBTQ Center
LGBTQI youth do not have the support they need to be successful in school. They are often rejected by family, friends, schools, peers, communities, etc. Not feeling accepted can and often does lead to dropping out of school, becoming homeless, suicidal ideations, and substance abuse, which all contribute to the cycle of poverty. The Great Falls Public School District reported 25% of high schoolers have seriously considered suicide. Of the same population surveyed, 17% of youth reported being bullied due to their sexual orientation (GFPS Youth Risk Behavior Survey Snapshot 2017). An article published in Smithsonian Magazine highlighted the existence of a GSA will lower suicide rates among all students. In schools with GSAs the odds of suicidal thoughts were cut in half for lesbians, gays and bisexuals. By creating Welcoming Schools within Great Falls Public Schools, LGBTQI youth in Great Falls will have the support and resources they need (but do not currently have) to be successful in attending and graduating high school and then transition into higher education. While the struggles of the poverty cycle are painfully real, accessible and affordable education is available in Great Falls. This VISTA project will help build a stronger bridge for students in transition. With wraparound support, students can and will succeed in breaking the cycle.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : The VISTA will organize GFCMSU faculty and students to form Gay/Straight Alliance using GSLEN guide; identify appropriate GFCMSU faculty member(s) to be the Gay/Straight Alliance advisor(s) and establish roles; engage students who are interested in the project and help them organize the Alliance and help them identify leadership, set regular meetings with ground rules, write a mission statement and empower them to execute a plan of action by using the Organizing Guide. Furthermore, the VISTA will coordinate Gay/Straight Alliance efforts with Great Falls Public Schools project Converge E Pluribus Unum; engage GFPS Mental Health Coordinator Erin Butts and Paris Gibson Education Center Principal Drew Uecker, as well as K-12 student leaders and faculty who emerged during the course of this project; and duplicate the process of creating Gay/Straight Alliance at GFCMSU in the three local high schools: Great Falls High, CM Russell, and Paris Gibson Education Center.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Community Outreach ,  Children/Youth . 
Skills :
Youth Development ,  Education ,  Team Work . 
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*MTCC VISTA- Great Falls LGBTQ Center

Program Start/End Date
07/08/2019  -   07/06/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/18/2019  To  06/07/2019 

Contact Callye Foster
32 Campus Dr
Missoula   MT   59812
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 88458