2018 Summer Recap
As the weather begins to shift BYEP bids farewell to another successful summer session. Over the past three months all 120 participants, 40 volunteer mentors and 4 Program Managers explored the mountains and rivers from Bozeman to Big Sky and Gardiner to Helena. They've engaged with the greater community through partnerships with other local organizations and businesses, worked to strengthen their connections with each other, and pushed themselves to grow individually with the support of their BYEP community. Here's a quick snapshot of what we've been up to!
All of our participants entering their Freshman year just completed their first summer session at BYEP filled with a multitude of new experiences designed to cultivate the group experience and growth. Throughout the summer, participants engaged in workshops built to address issues such as identity, sexual health, trust and teamwork, and mind-altering substances.
As we ventured into the mountains around the Gallatin Valley and beyond, we spent time rafting in Paradise Valley and on the Gallatin River, climbing in Hyalite Canyon, and hiking through all of the above.
The soon-to-be Freshman also connected with local organizations and businesses such as Montana State University and Bridger Care to gain some insight into important issues as well as God's Garden and The Gallatin Valley Food Bank to give back to the community that so generously supports them.
As our 10th graders gear up for the school year they are also entering their final session in the Approach Program at BYEP. In December, they will transition into our Crux Program where their focus shifts towards preparation for the next steps in life after high school.
In preparation for this shift, the Sophomores dove into curriculum related to topics such as critical thinking and decision making, community, and self-reflection. Participants also spent time exploring how they connect with the natural world and discussing what it means to be an environmental steward.
The adventures this summer were similarly aligned with their younger counterparts. They spent time enjoying the Bozeman summer by climbing, hiking, rafting, exploring a high ropes course, and of course tackling service projects with God's Garden and The Food Bank.
BYEP Fun Fact: Every session every BYEP participant, mentor, and program staff take part in at least one service project. Participants in the summer entering their Junior year take part in the BYEP Summer of Service in which they give back to the community by completing service work and partnering with multiple organizations.
This summer we partnered with the likes of The Gallatin Valley Food Bank, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, God's Garden, 4 Corners Recycling, and The Big Sky Community Foundation to complete over 500 hours of community service through trail maintenance, lunch service, community gardening and much more.
Outside of their service commitments we were still able to squeeze in some fun on the river and in the hills, as well as focus our workshops on connection, support, and growth as they move forward in our program.
As the summer winds down so does the second to last session before graduation for these Seniors. In December, they will all graduate from BYEP and have left a lasting impression on the BYEP community and our community as a whole.
The summer before their final year of high school is highlighted by our Summer Works Program. This summer we were offered partnerships with the likes of Treeline Coffee, Sola Cafe, Feed Cafe, Treat, The Mint, Fork & Spoon, Montana Ale Works, The Co-op, The Ramen House, Bisl, God’s Garden, Spark R & D, Red Tractor Pizza, and The Cannery District. 20% of the Seniors found employment through this program while the majority of the rest were employed independently.
This summer was capped off by an all day raft float down the Yellowstone River followed by a transition ceremony facilitated by Crux Program Manager's Kayla and Robin.