It may be summer break, but that doesn’t slow down our youth projects! Read all about what’s going on this summer!


Youth Internships Creating Opportunities

We have successfully placed 6 interns with various businesses in the community. Each intern is completing a whole summer internship that includes attendance to professional development seminars.

We have had great success with encouraging and building these students’ passions and skills in a specific career pathway while also creating connections in that field, preparing them for a brighter future.

With the assistance and time of committed members of the community we were able to offer professional development seminars for high school students in Carbon County. Through discussion and engaging activities, students gain invaluable skills and information that will be utilized through high school and their lives after. Seminars Include:

  • Financial literacy by Tracy Fox from Altana Federal Credit Union
  • Alternative Routes other than college after high school by Tyler Shaw from the Forest Service.
  • Whole body awareness during times of transition by Rebekah Easter from Red Lodge Body Works
  • Having multiple passions in life and how to pursue them by Nate Anderson from Red Lodge High School
  • How to reflect on experiences and make obstacles into opportunities by Pat Ruzich of Ruzich Consulting LLC.

Thank you so much to the individuals, businesses, and organizations that contributed funds enabling 6 students to explore their passions and interests through internships!

Training a Fleet of Babysitters

In the summertime, babysitting is a highly sought after skill, both on the side of parents and young people. Up until recently, Red Lodge area students
traveled out of town (often to Billings) to complete CPR / First Aid and Babysitting training. With the encouragement of several local families, we reached out to coordinate a Red Lodge babysitting course. On June 16th, 8 local students were able to complete an intensive Safe Sitter course at the Foundation. Tami Lineback, an educator from the Powell, WY healthcare system, came up to teach the full day Saturday course.

Students learned Safety Skills, Child Care Skills, First Aid & Rescue Skills, and Life & Business Skills. Ages of students ranged from 10-14. Each person left the course better equipped to serve the community and develop further their babysitting and child care skills! Thank you for your support which makes programs like these possible!

Take an Adventure to WIN!

Let’s see your adorable dino photos. Share your photos with the dino backpack’s photo booth and tag @rlacf on Instagram for your chance to win a back pack of your own! 4 new Reading Adventure Backpacks rolled out mid-July and are available at Red Lodge Carnegie Library for check out.




Meet Jackie!

Hi I’m Jackie Gerdts-Njos, your new Youth Program Director. I have been in the Red Lodge area for just under 10 years, where I provided in-home child care and was employed at Beartooth Billings Clinic in the Finance and Medical Coding Departments. Prior to living in Red Lodge I was the Program Manager for Women’s Wellness based out of Powell, WY, where we helped to ensure that all women had access to basic breast and cervical cancer screening services. I have two children and enjoy spending time exploring the trails and lakes of the beautiful Beartooth Mountains every chance I get!

Check out these numbers from the Future of Montana Volunteer Corps!

Since inception, these are the volunteer numbers recorded by awesome students!














Read about all of our projects and programs by checking out the Summer Community News