Youth Development

Never Underestimate the Power of Youth. 

Our programs are available throughout Gallatin, Park, and Meagher counties. These programs are designed with a youth empowerment mindset.  We take an approach of giving youth the tools to create achievable goals and be successful in life.  By providing work experience, focused direction, and inspiration for achievement, we have the knowledge and resources to help navigate youth into adulthood.  We believe the power for youth to change their path lies within them.

Youth Homelessness Assistance – END YOUTH HOMELESS NOW

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HRDC’s Youth Development Program frequently works with homeless youth.  Last year, 40% of the youth we served struggled with stable housing.  Homeless youth are invisible.  We rarely see youth sleeping on the street or out in the cold.  Homeless youth sleep in cars, or on their friend’s couch, or in hotels.  Frequently, their parents are homeless or their home situation is abusive.  35% of homeless youth are living on the street or in a shelter, and 28% are couch surfing, living at the homes of friends or relatives.*

At HRDC, we meet these youth where they are, and work with them to find solutions.  We care for and empower them to find success in their lives.

HRDC’s Youth Development programs are part of the solution and we cannot do this without the support of the Bozeman community.  With your assistance, together we can open doors for these youth and create a healthier future.

To find out more about how HRDC is making a positive impact on Gallatin, Park and Meagher Counties’ youth homeless population, please call Jackie at 406-585-4878, or email

*Statistics provided by the Family and Youth Service Bureau.

Program Elements for our Youth Workforce Program (WIOA):

This program is designed to improve the long-term job prospects of young people by providing basic skills, work readiness skills, occupational training, and citizenship skills. We collaborate with local communities to establish partnerships, bring together local workforce training providers, schools, community-based organizations, and other entities.  Services we provide are:

  • Career Exploration and Planning
  • Academic Support
  • Basic Employment Skills Training
  • Occupational Training
  • Work Experience in a Field of Interest
  • Leadership Development Activities
  • Support Services
  • Financial Literacy
  • Entrepreneurial Skills Training
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Guidance and Advocacy
  • Support and Mentorship

Youth who are eligible for the WIOA program are between the ages of 16 and 24 and need support with any of the following: school dropout, achieving the HiSet or High School Diploma, are homeless, alcohol or drug addictions, are in foster care, are pregnant or parenting, is subject to the juvenile or adult justice system, an individual with a disability, or requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program, or to secure/hold employment. 

Foster Care Program

HRDC’s Youth Development program also provides the Montana Chafee Independence Foster Care Program. This program gives eligible foster youth supportive services such as:

  • Academic Support
  • Life skills
  • Career Exploration and Planning
  • Vocational Training
  • Financial Assistance and Budgeting
  • Job Placement and Retention
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Preventative Health Activities
  • ETV Scholarship
  • Post-Secondary Preparation
  • Transition to Self-Sufficiency

Referrals to the program are made through Child and Family Service. HRDC staff can assist in getting the referral and determining if youth are eligible.