In support of communities looking to build life and works skills in their youth, the Exemplary Programs Series was created to showcase and highlight the excellent work being done in the state of Montana from cradle to career.
These easy-to-consume, one-page factsheets offer community partners ideas and examples of program components, outcomes and contact information for exemplary Montana programs from early childhood all the way through to workplace culture.
Montana Youth Apprenticeship Partnership
AJAY MT will lead the Montana Youth Apprenticeship Partnership (MYAP) to develop, implement and scale youth apprenticeships in information technology and health care in Montana.
With a generous grant of $150,000 from the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeships (PAYA), the MYAP will pilot new, high-quality youth apprenticeship programs in the Billings and Helena school districts, support pathways to two- and four-year degree programs, and design a statewide expansion plan.
Tribal Weatherization project
Launched during Summer 2019, the Tribal Weatherization Project is a collaboration between AJAY MT, the Hays/Lodgepole High School, and the Foundation for Community Vitality.
The project combines summer school credit and financial compensation with meaningful vocational skills training, as well as benefits for tribal elders and the community at large.
Cradle to Career: Central Montana pilot
AJAY MT will run its first comprehensive cradle to career pilot with Central Montana communities, led by Fergus County and Lewistown.
In partnership with the Fergus County Port Authority, community leaders and business partners, the project will address workforce development issues starting with early childhood education through to workplace culture.
The project is in the process of hiring Community Workforce Coordinator. The anticipated launch is September 2019.
Helena Summer Jobs Program
HSJP is a new, collaborative project of Helena WINS, an initiative of the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce, and American Jobs for America’s Youth, Montana Chapter (AJAY MT).
The program focuses on providing high-quality summer work experiences for Helena area high school students and recent graduates by leveraging relationships with businesses and community organizations that want to support the healthy development of youth and the future of Helena’s workforce.