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"My mentor taught me to believe in myself."

"I learned how to be a contributing member of a team.”


"I learned how to positively work with difficult customers."

"I learned how to advocate for myself and to be more confident.”

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"I learned so much about joining the workforce."

"I learned how to manage time and how to deal with and solve problems."

"I am proud of how hard I worked this summer."

"I learned how to navigate professional relationships."

2019 - 2021 Helena Area Summer Jobs Program Impacts

Students - over 100 students have been matched with positions & mentors

  • 96% would recommend the program to others

  • 100% said they learned something about themselves or work skills

  • 99% of said they positively contributed to the organizations where they worked

  • 91% learned something new about their job or career options

  • 88% said they learned something new from their mentors

  • 81% of our students said they practiced soft skills that were new or uncomfortable

Employers - over 40 area businesses and organizations have hosted students

  • 100% said their student employees practiced soft skills at work such as time management, communication, and problem solving

  • 95% said Summer Jobs Program students positively contributed to their organization

  • 96% want to participate as host employers again

Collaboration Success

  • 4 nonprofits, 1 college, 5 high schools worked together to implement the program

  • 40+  mentors have volunteered hundreds of hours of time to support students

  • 40+ Helena area employers partnered with the program to provide opportunities for students

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