Hopa Mountain is excited to announce an opportunity for adult leaders working with youth involved in community service and/or service-learning programs to be a part of Hopa Mountain’s 2011-2012 Youth Leaders in Service (YLS) cohort. This Corporation for National and Community Service funded program is designed to train and support adult leaders of youth engaged in service-learning projects for rural and tribal youth, ages 11-17, living in Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota’s Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Reservations, in leading service activities that create healthier communities. Adult program leader candidates will participate in three separate multi-day trainings as well as monthly conference calls throughout the cohort cycle. The purpose of this program is to provide coaching, mentoring, training, and support for adults who work with youth that are actively involved in community service projects. The application deadline is June 30, 2011. The request for proposals can be found at http://www.hopamountain.org/.
In addition to the YLS cohort opportunity, Hopa Mountain is also offering competitive sub awards for adult and youth teams to support service-learning projects in interested communities. Participating teams may also choose to apply to receive up to $12,000 in support to launch a service-learning afterschool program. Funds must be matched 1:1 in cash or in-kind support by grantee organizations. Rural and tribal youth program leaders working in communities with populations under 35,000 are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to participating organizations that serve a high percentage of children that are eligible for free and reduced lunch programs.
“In our two years of working with Hopa Mountain, we have been provided significant support by means of professional development training, on-going mentoring, a platform for peer collaboration, and training opportunities for youth leadership development,” remarked JoAnna Thayer of Anaconda Family Resource Center, a current YLS site. Thayer continued, “With Hopa’s assistance, our community has gratefully been able to implement and sustain an effective service-learning program in Anaconda.” This partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service and Hopa Mountain has allowed interested communities to design, support, and implement in service-learning projects that simultaneously support youth development and meet community needs in areas such as health and education.
Hopa Mountain’s mission is to invest in rural and tribal citizen leaders, adults and youth, who are working to improve education, ecological health and economic development. “Through Youth Leaders in Service, rural and tribal youth will have the opportunity to design and implement innovative service projects in cooperation with local community partners,” said Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer, Executive Director of Hopa Mountain. Hopa Mountain will provide ongoing training and technical assistance to selected adult program leaders and service-learning programs throughout the Northern Rockies. For more information about Youth Leaders in Service, please contact Josh Meyer, program coordinator at (406) 586-2455 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Informational conference calls will also be held on May 27 at 11 am, and June 2 at 12 pm to provide more information about Youth Leaders in Service and how to apply. Interested participants can dial 1-866-200-5786 and enter conference ID 7759909# when prompted.