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Student Engagement Opportunities

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Mission Valley Has Talent

 Mission Valley Has Talent

Mission Valley Has Talent 2020

Postponed Be creative, be daring, while having fun sharing your talent at Mission Valley Has Talent 2020. Recite a poem or inspirational reading, perform a magic act or standup comedy routine, play an instrument, dance or sing alone or with a group. The talent show is now open to all talent, including winners from past years. Also, a contestant can compete as a solo-act plus be part of one group-act.

The MVHT schedule includes:

  • Registration Deadline - Monday, March 2
  • Microphone-use Session - Thursday, March 5 @ 3 - 7 p.m.
  • Auditions - Saturday, March 7 @ 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Rehearsal - Thursday, March 12 @ 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Finals - Friday, March 13 @ 7 p.m.

All events will be held at the Polson High School Auditorium except the auditions which will be in the high school music room.

Talent show categories are 12 and under, 13-18, 19 and over.

First place in each category will win $250, second place $150 and third place $100.

Contestants can register and pay fees online, or download a registration form, complete, include the fee and mail to the Helping Hands Fund, P.O. Box 1094, Polson, MT 59860.

All forms and fees must be received in the HHF office by March 2. Questions can be directed to Helping Hands Fund office, 883-8256. MVHT is a fundraiser for the Helping Hands Fund. The first two events raised more than $10,000 for the ecumenical project. Questions can be directed to Helping Hands Fund office, 883-8256. * * * * Contact person: Valerie 883-41614

Summer Opportunities

Love basketball, travel, and working with youth?

The Mansfield Center at the University of Montana is offering an all-expense paid basketball exchange in Honduras, Sport for Social Change, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Applications for high school students (minimum age of 15 by start of program), as well as adult professionals are open now, through April 28.This program focuses on using basketball to build the capacity of youth in Honduras. A total of 12 Montana participants will travel all-expense paid for two weeks to  Honduras August 6-19, 2020. Then a group of Central Americans from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras will come to Montana for two weeks in April 2021, and the Montana delegation will work with them more in-depth during this time.

The link to the website, where there are more details about the program as well as the online applications can be found here.

Since 2018, 10 high school students and nearly 30 university or adults from Montana have participated in these Sports Diplomacy exchanges in both El Salvador and Peru, run through the Mansfield Center. Participants have come from across the state, from Corvallis to Frazer. We are seeking a diversity of applicants from our state. Montana delegations abroad have included enrolled members of the Assiniboine, Salish, Crow, and Northern Cheyenne. The Mansfield Center is committed to supporting American Indian participants from across the state in international exchange.

For more details please contact by email or phone at 406-243-2838.

Girls hiking through the woods       Girls standing at the edge of the river

YWCA's GUTS! (Girls Using Their Strengths) Program is offering five, week-long outdoor adventures for girls and gender-diverse youth ages 9-18 from June-August. These programs are designed to help our participants develop healthy relationships with themselves, their bodies, and their communities, all while having a blast in the great outdoors of Western Montana. Our trips feature a mix of front-country activities, backpacking, biking, and water activities and no outdoor experience is required. A sliding scale enrollment fee is offered. This program is particularly invested in reaching families and guardians who are not well-positioned to plan months in advance and often get boxed out of summer camp because all the spots have been filled.

More information and the online application can be found at:

Download a Word document/printable version of the online application.

Washington State University


Native American Health Sciences has decided to COMBINE the Native STEAM Summer Research Institute and the Na-ha-shnee Health Sciences Institute into one program, which will be offered ONLINE for 3 weeks: July 6th -24th, 2020. 

All learning supplies and materials will be supplied to applicants who are admitted into the program through shipment, and the Institute will still be free for all of our participants. NAHS is also working to assess internet and cellular access and are ready to work with students who may not have reliable internet connection. 

The Institute will, as planned, be offered for those who are enrolled in or a descendant of a tribe and will have completed grades 9-12 this school year. If you are interested, apply here:

The application is now due by May 15th! 

Native STEAM Summer Research Institute 

WSU Health Sciences Spokane

July 5 - 23, 2020

The Native STEAM Summer Research Institute is a three-week summer program for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students in grades 9-12 interested in pursuing a career and education in a STEAM (Native Sciece, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) area. Throughout the three weeks, students will participate in research laboratories on the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus, gaining exposure to the STEAM fields and interacting with experts and leaders in the field. Activities at the STEAM Institute will include: basic lab safety, microscopy and histology, imaging, mass spectrometry, and biomedical design and engineering. The Institute will also incorporate traditional learning and cultural activities throughout the three weeks. The Institute is FREE, and students will receive a stipend of $200 for each week of participation and completion of the Institute.

Application deadline is 5 pm (PST) on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Applications sent by mail must be received before this deadline.

You may Apply Online or Download the Application. For questions, please contact Alexa Fay (509-358-7711) or Dr. Lonnie Nelson (509-324-7341).

25th Annual Na-ha-shnee Summer Institute 

WSU Health Sciences Spokane

June 14 - 26, 2020

The Na-ha-shnee summer institute is a 12-day free summer camp for Native American and Alaska Native students currently in the 9th, 10th and 11th grades. The camp is co-sponsored by WSU Health Sciences Spokane and EWU Area Health Education Center. 

Since 1995, Native American high school students representing various tribes from the Northwest have been given the chance to participate in Na-ha-shnee, a two-week summer camp at Washington State University Spokane. The program encourages youth to try out a career in the health sciences by providing hands-on learning experiences taught by health care providers, faculty at WSU Spokane and health sciences college students.

Students engage with life on campus at WSU Spokane, stay in a dormitory at Gonzaga University, gain exposure to health care professions, and participate in health care courses trainings. The courses cover a range of subjects from basic science, leadership, to Native American education. Other topics/skills training include:

  • First aid and CPR training
  • Basic nursing skills
  • Traditional medicine
  • Native American elder teachings
  • Substance abuse and education
  • Sex education
  • Diabetes education
  • Leadership skill building

Application deadline is 5 pm (PST) on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Applications sent by mail must be received before this deadline.

You may Apply Online or Download the Application. For questions, please contact Evanlene Melting Tallow (509-358-7833).

Montana Conservation Corps Tools for Living. Experience for Life.

High School Expeditions (9-12 graders): 2 or 4-week service projects improving wild places on crews of other Montana youth. Various project partners make this a great networking and job skills training, in addition to the volunteer hours accrued for college applications. It is also just a fun summer experience, plus the youth earn up to $270 for their work! Last year crews did some trailwork in the Bitterroot but projects can take them across the state and into Idaho. We also have programs specifically for Native youth based in our Kalispel office where youth earn minimum wage. Check out more information.

Montana Conservation Corps Flyer

Group of Conservation kids working

Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Leadership Summit

The 2020 Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Leadership Summit is open to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian youth, ages 18-24 (including recently graduated high school seniors), and will be held July 7-14th, 2020, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at the University of Arkansas.

If you have any questions regarding the summit application, please contact Josiah Griffin at

View more information about this summer's Leadership Summit.

Apply Here!

YCC Youth at work

Two, one-month long sessions will be offered to youth between the ages of 15 and 18. Sixty youth will be selected from across the country to participate in this summer program. Enrollees will work 40 hours a week and receive the federal minimum wage ($7.25/hr) with deductions for room, board, and laundry facilities (~$10/day).

The program is challenging, educational, and fun, and it offers enrollees opportunities to expand their horizons while building skills that will benefit them for a lifetime. No previous wilderness experience is required, but a willingness and ability to work in a physcially active outdoor program, get along well with others, and maintain a positive attitude are essential for success.  

The summer 2020 YCC Program will consist of two, one-month long sessions:

• Session #1: June 7 - July 7

• Session #2: July 12 - August 12

To apply for the 2020 summer program, interested students should complete the application at

DEADLINE: Applications must be received no later than March 1, 2020.

Montana Wilderness School

Montana Wilderness School is a non-profit outdoor education organization based out of Bozeman, MT. On a MWS course, students experience and celebrate public lands, wild spaces and wilderness areas while learning technical skills, experiencing personal growth and making connections with other Montana youth. Check out the 2020 summer youth expeditions at

Students gathering together in group with mountains and tent in the background.       5 hikers with backpacks hiking up a mountain path toward rocky cliffs.

Miss Montana Scholarship Program      

Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen

Montana young women 17-25 and teens have the opportunity to earn college scholarships and learn leadership skills by entering the Miss Montana Competition or Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen competition for teens age 13-17 June 18-20 in Glendive. Contestants are judged on interview, talent, social impact statement and on stage question. Teens are also judged on fitness.

Miss Montana contestants, age 17-25 receive a $950 scholarship for competing but have the opportunity to win additional scholarship money for community service, academics, being in the top five, best interview, photogenic and other areas.  More than $300,000 in cash and applied scholarships are available.  Teens 13-17 earn at least $150 for competing.

Applications are available to download at and are due by March 15 along with the $200 sponsor fee.

Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress

The NYCALC application period runs from February 3 - March 31st. If you have ANY questions regarding the application process or would like to learn more about NYCALC please email or visit

To access the application please use this link:

To access preview questions please use this link:

USFWS Career Discovery Internship Program

Earn High School Credit through participation in the US Fish & Wildlife Career Discovery Internship Program


Internship students on river


The US Fish and Wildlife Service will again rely on the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to recruit approximately 30 students from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds for paid internships during the summer of 2020.

Interns will attend a week-long orientation at the National Conservation Training Center followed by 12 weeks of experiential learning at national wildlife refuges across the US - from Alaska to the Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast.  Areas of focus will include visitor services, biology, refuge management and more.

For more information, visit or see the flyer below. 

Upcoming Events

August 10
August 17

Indian Ed. Report Disseminated via Email

Start: Aug 17, 2020 End: Aug 21, 2020

Multi-Day Event

August 24


Start: Aug 24, 2020 End: Aug 25, 2020

Multi-Day Event