GMK looking for mentors for 2014-15 school year

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After launching our mentoring program last year with the help of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flathead County GMK is seeking a new group of caring adults to meet with young students who might be thinking of dropping out. Mentorships change lives. If you are interested, please call 751-3432 for more information.

Sailing Experience on Flathead Lake

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Despite some potential “rough seas” at the north end of Flathead Lake on Wednesday (July 23rd) Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Flathead along with mentors/mentees from the Graduation Matters Kalispell program spent the afternoon sailing and swimming with long time air force captain, “Captain Yak.” The activity was one of several this year organized by BBBSFC to give adult/student matches some get to know you time. Many of the students had never been on a sailboat before and screamed accordingly when the craft caught a good wind and turned on its side. The group also enjoyed a BBQ lunch of hamburgers and turkey sausage.

The Graduation Matters Story

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A new video discussing the Graduation Matters Program. Please link below.

Graduation Matters Summit in Bozeman

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Article from Great Falls Tribune on this year’s summit.

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StriveTogether model discussed

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Meeting with Graduation Matters programs from around the state, a representative from the Kalispell program discussed community outcomes and planning during a StriveTogether conference in Bozeman. The strive model uses a “collective impact” model to involve the greater community in an issue focusing vital dollars and energy as a coalition. Table groups discussed stakeholders and their engagement, then committed to follow up planning in their home communities. The GMK will seek to follow up with its data team and discuss the best way to communicate program successes in Kalispell. 

Applied Materials Foundation Awards GMK

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March 21st of this year, the Applied Materials Foundation made its final decisions about awarding community grants. We are excited to announce that the Graduation Matters Kalispell Program received $3,000 from the Foundation for its “Every Student Matters” application. This donation will help fund community awareness efforts on the importance of graduation and support the I-Pledge to Graduate campaign held in February of each year. The GMK community directors along with program head Assistant Superintendent Dan Zorn would like to thank The Applied Materials Foundation for its support.

 

I-Pledge to Graduate Video

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For those of you curious how to run an event with over 700 eighth graders, please link to the video below. This is from our second annual I-Pledge to Graduate event held at Flathead County Fairgrounds Friday, February 7, 2014.

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OPI recognizes Graduation Matters Kalispell at FVCC

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In a ceremony held at Blake Hall on FVCC campus, Denise Juneau discussed the successes of the Graduation Matters program in the Flathead Valley and beyond. The Graduation Matters Kalispell Program will receive a $10,000 support grant from OPI (Office of Public Instruction) to continue it’s programs that target keeping students in school until graduation. Representatives from both Glacier and First Interstate Banks spoke on the importance of supporting community programs (pictured).

Link to article in the Daily Inter Lake below:

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Presenting to our community

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Graduation Matters Kalispell representative Mike Kofford and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flathead County Director Tim Sievers presented to about 50 members of the Flathead Area Young Professionals on February 12th at the Red Lion Hotel. There were many questions at the end of the presentation, and both organizations wanted to make sure everyone knew mentor recruitment was on-going.

Second I-Pledge to Graduate event a success

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After hosting 750 area 8th graders last year, the question was if Assistant Superintendent Dan Zorn and his advisory committee could pull it off again this year. Well, with 32 community booths and former Miss Montana Kacie Smith giving words of encouragement, another group has pledged to make it to graduation. The signed banners will be prominently displayed during the start of each year as it follows them through their educational career. Thank you to all who helped this event become a success.

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