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Prevention Resource Center VISTA Project

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Anaconda

Anaconda Family Resource Center - Boys & Girls Club of Deer Lodge County

Current VISTA: Molly Joyce

Mission: The mission of the Anaconda Family Resource Center is to increase the strength and stability of families through our community-based programs by:

  1. Increasing parents' confidence and competence in their parenting abilities;
  2. Providing children a safe, stable, supportive family environment;
  3. And otherwise enhancing child development.

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.

Bozeman

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.


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

Mission: B.E.A.R.’s mission is to inspire youth to connect to their own potential, their community, and the landscape through experiential and outdoor adventures programs.

Havre

Opportunity Link - Food Security Initiative

Current VISTA: Rosie Goldich

Mission: Opportunity Link seeks systemic solutions to reduce poverty and help the communities of Northcentral Montana achieve and sustain independence, prosperity and a better way of life.

Helena

ChildWise Institute - Adverse Childhood Experiences

Current VISTA: Olivia Mancha, Casey Crowley

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, Derek Deeney

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 - Montana Children's Trust Fund

Current VISTA: Kami Kirchberg

Mission: We believe that Montana’s children are the state’s greatest assets. Today’s children are the leaders of tomorrow. We hold their future in our hands, and our future is in their hands.


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

Current VISTA: Jamie Gallegos

Mission: Per Montana statute, the Office of the Child and Family Ombudsman is an independent, impartial, confidential, and knowledgeable resource serving to protect the interests and rights of Montana’s children and families.  The Ombudsman utilizes best practices and works collaboratively with the Department of Health and Human Services to strengthen child and family services.


Exploration Works - Nutrition Education

Current VISTA: Julynn Wilderson

Mission: The vision and mission of ExplorationWorks Science Center is to foster a curious, scientifically-literate citizenry empowered with skills to thrive in the 21st Century.  We accomplish this through exceptional programs, engaging exhibits, enduring partnerships, extensive outreach and educational expertise.


No Kid Hungry Campaign

Current VISTA: Lily Herd, Colin Wethered

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.


YWCA of Helena

Current VISTA: Jocelyn Olsen

Mission: Our mission is to prevent homelessness, provide safe and supportive housing for women and children experiencing homelessness, and provide services that restore hope, self-sufficiency, and happy and healthy lives. Together with YWCA USA and YWCAs across the country, we are dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Lame Deer

Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Cheyenne Nation

Current VISTA: Bridget Powers

Mission: To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Cheyenne Nation has been a cornerstone of the community since opening it doors in 1994. Serving some 500 youth, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northern Cheyenne Nation provides a safe, structured and positive environment for young people after school, during holidays and summer vacation.


Second Season

Current VISTA: Lauren White

Mission: Grounded in the Cheyenne way of life, Second Season creates cradle to career opportunities of youth and families to realize their full potential and inspire generational healing.

Missoula

Missoula Food Bank 

Current VISTA:

Mission: Missoula Food Bank is Missoula County’s primary resource for emergency food assistance. The organization has been providing services to all those in Missoula County in need for 31 years through four distinct programs: 1. Store Distribution; 2. ROOTS (Recognizing Other Opportunities to Serve); 3. Kids Table; and 4. Food Circle.


Montana Primary Care Association

Current VISTA: Courtney Buys

Mission: MPCA is a statewide organization that represents 17 federally qualified community health centers (CHCs). MPCA is dedicated to supporting the work and effort of CHCs as well as working toward a more equitable and accessible health system in Montana. MPCA’s program areas include training and technical assistance around clinical improvement measures, patient centered medical home, federal compliance, emergency preparedness, operations, and outreach and enrollment for the the new Health Insurance Marketplace.