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Prevention Resource Center VISTA Project

Current Sites

Billings

The Center for Children and Families

Current VISTA: Mary Seerveld

Mission: The Mission The Center for Family and Children is to break the cycle of addiction one family at a time. Although possible mergers with other centers are still taking place, the Center for Children and Families' mission will still follow the same basic principles, while increasing its capacity to make sure all children have supportive and safe housing through prevention and support.

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Bozeman

Community Mediation Center - School & Family Mediation

Current VISTA: Megan Hazen

Mission: We envision community where problems bring people together and conflict leads to understanding. CMC fosters honest, respectful dialogue and collaborative problem solving.

Goals: The goal for this VISTA project is to improve the youth and family programs by conducting assessments and designing appropriate programs and tools based off the data. A secondary goal for this project will be the collection and analysis of data in an ongoing study in the family mediation program for the purpose of publishing a peer-reviewed article in a national law journal.


Gallatin City-County Health Department

Current VISTA: Stefanie Tassaro

Mission: To protect and promote the health of county citizens and the environment through the efforts of dedicated and skilled employees and application of sound public health principle.

Goals: To address community poverty related needs by strengthening community and the development of community infrastructure through a community building process. The process will engage individual citizens, citizen groups, and agencies to address community needs. The process will enable the community to develop and implement a strategic plan resulting in sustainable activities resulting in the meeting of community needs. To develop opportunities for youth by increasing resiliency factors and decreasing risk factors so that there is overall decrease in youth risk behaviors, particularly substance abuse/use.


Hopa Mountain - Indegenious Scholars of Promise

Current VISTA: Tevin Glasper, Andrea Davis

Mission: Hopa Mountain invests in rural and tribal citizen leaders, adults and youth, who are working to improve education, ecological health, and economic development.

Goals: Indigenous Scholars of Promise works with high achieving high school students to help them matriculate to the top tier college/university of their choice.


Hopa Mountain - StoryMakers Program

Current VISTA: Melinda Peirce

Mission: Hopa Mountain invests in rural and tribal citizen leaders, adults and youth, who are working to improve education, ecological health, and economic development.

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Human Resource Development Council District IX - Housing Program

Current VISTA: Jaira Wilsey

Mission: The HRDC exists to help people deal with practical issues as well as the fear and stress they feel in the face of crises like hunger and homelessness or the inability to provide the basic elements of a safe and productive life for themselves and their families. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that no one faces the various hardships associated with poverty alone. We know that with support and advocacy, people who have the commitment to turn their lives around will succeed. Thus our staff work with families to provide tools and information to guide them on their path to achievement. In addition to the wide range of supportive services we provide, we also refer customers to our network of community partners.

Goals: The community issue HRDC aims to address is aiding families in achieving and maintaining self-sufficiency and supporting housing stability.


Human Resource Development Council District IX - Community Cafe

Current VISTA: McKenzie Ball

Mission: The HRDC exists to help people deal with practical issues as well as the fear and stress they feel in the face of crises like hunger and homelessness or the inability to provide the basic elements of a safe and productive life for themselves and their families. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that no one faces the various hardships associated with poverty alone. We know that with support and advocacy, people who have the commitment to turn their lives around will succeed. Thus our staff work with families to provide tools and information to guide them on their path to achievement. In addition to the wide range of supportive services we provide, we also refer customers to our network of community partners.

Goals: To develop a culinary and customer service training center utilizing the Community Cafe commercial kitchen to connect un/underemployed individuals to gainful employment as a partnership with the local business community.

Hamilton

BEAR Mentoring Program

Current VISTA: Victoria Green

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Havre

Opportunity Link - Food Security Initiative

Current VISTA: Rosie Goldich

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Helena

ChildWise Institute - Adverse Childhood Experiences

Current VISTA: Olivia Mancha

Mission: To advance awareness; accelerate knowledge; and advocate for change to optimize society's resources for the well-being of children.

Goals: In Montana, the majority of adults have one or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACEs contribute to negative health and social outcomes which contribute to mental illness, less productivity, incarceration, and other causes that keep individuals in poverty. By completing assessments, advancing awareness and training 20 volunteers, Montana will be more adept in recognizing and addressing the issues of children today that cause negative effects for both childhood & adulthood. These processes will have lasting effects on today's children that improve their physical& social health, productivity at work, mental illness, and other factors which negatively affect an individual and a community.


DPHHS Child & Family Services Division - Foster Care Independence Program

Current VISTA: Samantha Mistar

Mission: The Montana Chafee Foster Care Independence Program Helps Youth in Foster Care Achieve Self-Sufficiency.

Goals: -Higher graduation and GED achievement rates for Chafee eligible youth. -Decrease homelessness rates for Chafee eligible youth. -Develop a sustainable mentorship program for Chafee eligible youth with responsible adults in the community. -Build a Youth Advisory Council to improfe Chafee services, cultivate teen leaders to speak publically and train peers and adults, coordinate state-wide youth events, perform legislative advocacy, and peer to peer mentoring. -Increase in the number of Chafee eligible youth obtaining and sustaining employment. -And many more!


DPHHS Injury Prevention Program - Injury Prevention Program

Current VISTA: Rosemary Doonan

Mission: It only takes a moment for an injury to occur: a fall on a stair, a poisoning or burn, a drowning in an unsupervised water area, or a motor vehicle crash. For some, an injury is a temporary inconvenience while for others it leads to disability, chronic pain, significant changes in lifestyle, and death. The financial and quality of life costs due to injuries could be reduced in Montana through effective prevention efforts. These prevention strategies work to make our lives, workplace, homes and communities safer places. Injuries are not "accidents" and with simple steps we can stop them before they happen.

Goals: To coordinate the development and implementation of public awareness messages. Will be working with various programs within DPHHS (EMS/trauma, Transportation, FICMMR, etc.) to collaborate on shared messages that can be promoted to all our injury partners throughout the state.


DPHHS Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program - Youth Advocacy Coordinator

Current VISTA: Pamela Barker

Mission: The mission of the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program (MTUPP) is to address the public health crisis caused by the use of all forms of commercial tobacco products. MTUPP will work to eliminate tobacco use, especially among young people, through statewide programs and policies.

Goals: reACT is Montana's teen-led movement against Big Tobacco. reACT joins statewide youth empowerment movements across the country in recognizing the power of young people to effectively take on one of our leading preventable causes of death - commercial tobacco use. Corporate Tobacco spends millions targeting teens in Montana. They use lies and manipulation. That's why reACT uses everything we've got to fight against them - our brains, our connections and our willpower. reACT members, called reACTors, can be found all across Montana and we have one thing in common: When Big Tobacco targets us, we don't just sit there - we take action. We reACT. And we get noticed.


Montana Department of Justice - Office of the Child & Family Ombudsman

Current VISTA: Jamie Gallegos

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Exploration Works - Nutrition Education

Current VISTA: Julynn Wilderson

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No Kid Hungry Campaign

Current VISTA: Lily Herd

Mission: No child should grow up hungry in America. But 1 in 5 children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals.

Goals: No Kid Hungry in Montana aims to decrease rates of childhood hunger by increasing access to food and providing free nutrition education.


Prevention Resource Center - VISTA Leader

Current VISTA: Vacant

Mission: Create and sustain a coordinated, comprehensive system of prevention services in the state of Montana.

Goals: Reduce child abuse, reduce youth substance abuse, reduce youth violence, reduce school dropout, and reduce teen pregnancy.

Kalispell

Center for Restorative Youth Justice

Current VISTA: Zachary Borth

Mission: The Center for Restorative Youth Justice's (CRYJ) programs provide an important alternative to the traditional justice system - working one-on-one with youth and victims of juvenile crime to address the real human impacts of crime, and to create meaningful ways for both parties to move forward. For many youth this is the opportunity to face those they have hurt, repair the harm and damage caused, and to work with staff and volunteer mentors to develop important resiliencies, build on existing strengths, and develop new skills and ways of seeing themselves that will help to transform their lives.

Goals: The project will enhance and expand programming and community support for high-risk and low income youth that will help to provide access and support towards academic enrollment and graduation - providing opportunities for these youth to change their future through academic mentoring and educational support/attainment.


Flathead CASA for Kids

Current VISTA: Nanyamka King

Mission: The mission of CASA for Kids is to advocate for abused and neglected chidren in court. Through advocacy CASA volunteers strive to ensure that each child is placed in a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.

Goals: To recruit, train and retain enough volunteers to meet the advocacy need of all abused and neglected children within the 11th Judicial Court.

Lame Deer

Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Cheyenne Nation

Current VISTA: Bridget Powers

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Second Season

Current VISTA: Lauren White

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Livingston

Livingston School District - Farm to School Project

Current VISTA: Christa Faulkner

Mission:To establish rigorous project based learning and childhood nutrition through local, sustainable food systems at Livingston School District.

Goals: Increase the amount of local and fresh foods used in each school's cafeteria. Establish nutrition and health curriculum that utilizes project-based learning components. Open and establish lines of communication between school members, parents, community members, and local farmers. These connections will in turn create a network in which food security issues can be discussed and addressed.

Missoula

Missoula Food Bank - Childhood Hunger

Current VISTA: Paige Ely

Mission: Missoula Food Bank provides emergency food to people and strives to reduce hunger. 

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Montana Justice Foundation - Poverty Law Project

Current VISTA: Iris Marcus

Mission: It is our mission to achieve equal access to justice for all Montanans through effective funding and leadership.  Because all people deserve equal access to individual safety, security, and opportunity, it is the vision of the Montana Justice Foundation to make justice accessible to all Montanans.

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National Coalition Building Institute of Missoula

Current VISTA: Benjamin Mincks

Mission:The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) of Missoula is dedicated to moving individuals, communities and organizations toward a just and inclusive society. NCBI Missoula empowers individual leadership by developing the skills necessary to take principled stands and facilitate authentic relationships within diverse groups. NCBI Missoula provides training to reduce prejudice, prevent violence, and resolve conflict, while identifying and implementing strategies to strenghten communities and institutions.

Goals: To address community poverty related needs by strengthening community and the development of community infrastructure through a community building process. The process will engage individual citizens, citizen groups, and agencies to address community needs. The process will enable the community to develop and implement a strategic plan resulting in sustainable activities resulting in the meeting of community needs. To develop opportunities for youth by increasing resiliency factors and decreasing risk factors so that there is an overall decrease in youth risk behaviors, particularly substance abuse/use.


YWCA of Missoula - Secret Seconds Store

Current VISTA: Samantha Moore

Mission:YWCA Secret Second Store is the direct funding for the services provided by the YWCA. YWCA mission is eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people in our community. The Secret Second Store receives donations and is operated by volunteers and also paid employees. This year the goal is to develop a more official and structured volunteer system shifting the store to be operated mostly from volunteers. Also developing a step by step program which would allow volunteers certification of their completion of Volunteering with the YWCA Secret Seconds.

Goals: Volunteer management practices in recruitment and management. Creating indirect resources that will allow this program to sustain years from now. This will provide volunteers with additional knowledge and skills that they can utilize in future employment opportunities.


YWCA of Missoula - Pathways Program

Current VISTA: Nancy Nix

Mission:"Strengthened by diversity, the Association draws together members who strive to create opportunities for women's growth, leadership, and power, in order to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people. The Association will thrust its collective power toward the elimination of racism wherever it exists and by any means necessary."

Goals: To create a sustainable volunteer program by retaining volunteers and increasing their sense of connection to the YWCA. This will allow the YWCA to better break the Cycle of Violence.