Organizers Looking for Local Residents Interested in Promoting Positive Change for Youth

ROCKY BOY, Mont. (NMB) – Organizers are looking for local residents interested in helping promote positive change for youth on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation.

Gilberta Belgarde says they are looking for up to 40 board members, with no experience required.

“You don’t have to have experience. Just a desire for change. If you want to be an agent for change. Also people with grant writing skills, that would be great. It’s not required, but that would be good, too. Research skills. Just people who desire a change for the community for our youth, for our future. That’s basically what we’re looking for. You could be employed, you don’t have to be employed, either. You could just be a stay-at-home mom, dad, or retired person.”

Belgarde says that they hope to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors for youth behaviors through this program.

A two-day training will take place on June 10th and 11th from 9 AM-3 PM at the Best Western Havre Inn & Suites. Training binders, lunch and a light breakfast will be provided.

Funds for this program, which is being carried out through the Wellness Coalition in Rocky Boy, were made possible thanks to a Communities that Care grant from DPHHS.

The program is being housed in the prevention department of the White Sky Hope Center.

The program is in step two of a five-phase process, which will end with the creation, implementation and evaluation of a plan.

“There’s no timeframe on each phase, it just goes naturally. There’s no pressures to do this or that. It should just flow if we follow our milestones and benchmarks of our grant. And we’re using the Strategic Prevention Framework.”

For more information, call 395-4486, extension 1857.

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