I-Pledge to Graduate Video

DeAnn Thomas and Patti Carlson

DeAnn Thomas and Patti Carlson

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.

I-Pledge to Graduate

OPI recognizes Graduation Matters Kalispell at FVCC


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:


Presenting to our community


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


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.

Mentoring Article in 406 Woman Magazine


Read about Mentor Amy and her student match in the August/September issue of 406 Woman Magazine. Trainings will begin this month for those interested in making their own connection. 

Graduation Matters Conference in Bozeman


An exchange of ideas was the focal point of the recent Graduation Matters Montana conference hosted by Superintendent of Public Schools Denise Juneau on June 18th. Community participation and the Blackfeet Academy in Browning were just two of the topics that attracted discussion and interest. School District #5 Assistant Superintendent Dan Zorn represented the Kalispell program by outlining plans for a new mentor recruitment, training, and match program to be in place by September (see mentor page to participate). Hellgate High School Poet Laureate, Chase Koenig, performed one of his poems (pictured) to an enthusiastic crowd.  The conference featured teachers, students and administrators.

Graduation Matters Kalispell to launch mentoring program

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Graduation Matters will be working with community businesses and the non-profit community to set up its new mentoring program.


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