B.E.A.R. Mentoring Program-AmeriCorps VISTA`


Cause Areas


Mon Jul 25, 2016 - Fri Jul 21, 2017


PO Box 4210Helena, MT 59601


B.E.A.R. is a small non-profit agency that has served Ravalli County for over 20 years. B.E.A.R serves a large number of at-risk youth through the B.E.A.R. Mentoring program, which addresses and prevents juvenile delinquency for youth ages 10 - 17. The at-risk youth that B.E.A.R. serves experience one or more of the following risk factors: school drop-out, academic failure, economically disadvantaged, victim of physical, psychological or sexual abuse, detention in a juevenile facility, child of alcohol/substance abusers, committed a violent or delinquent act, mental health problem, or has attempted suicide.


The VISTA member will first build capacity and sustainability for current programming, and second, will help B.E.A.R. create and secure additional funding as well as other reliable long-term support channels. The VISTA will assist with strategic planning to determine the organization's objectives and goals for future programming. B.E.A.R.’s youth mentoring programs currently have a waiting list, and community partners have unanimously voiced the need for more mentoring services in Ravalli County. The VISTA will be a key part in determining B.E.A.R.'s role in providing additional mentoring services. To that end, the VISTA will create a volunteer recruitment and training plan to increase the number of at-risk youth receiving mentoring services. Finally, the VISTA will help develop a capital campaign to secure future funding for B.E.A.R. which will be used to expand mentoring services.


Travel Reimbursement to site

Relocation Allowance (up to $500)

Life Insurance ($2/month)

Student Loan Forebearance

Living Allowance

Health Allowance/Benefit Plan

Child Care assistance

End of Service:

Non-competetive Eligibility(NCES) for Federal Jobs

$1,500 Cash Stipend or $5,775 Education award


  • Resource Development / Management
  • Fundraising
  • Youth Services
  • Donor Management
  • Child Welfare
  • Community Outreach

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Bachelor's degree or work-experienced preferred
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