I learned of Bozeman Youth Initiative when I was finishing my undergraduate degree at MSU and was participating in the Horticulture Club. I was taken aback by BYI's drive to make kids' ideas turn into tangible goals and develop life long skills through teamwork and problem solving. I was excited the following year, 2011, when I became a volunteer teacher for their Bozone Ozone Bus.
This was a valuable experience. I had an excellent time teaching kids about greenhouse life. During my time I saw kids exploring, learning and dissecting how something works. Each time I was excited by BYI's drive to keep kids learning while building a stronger community through participation and sharing knowledge. My time volunteering was as instructional and valuable for me as for the kids that came onto the greenhouse bus.
I also helped BYI put on a fundraising art show, selling local high school students art at Sacks Thrift. I enjoyed watching young artists make and sell their work for an organization that gave them the opportunity to take risks and be themselves.