[NOTE: After working as an early BOB program volunteer as a Bozeman High School student, Zach Brown graduated from the University of Montana where he was a Harry S. Truman Scholar, a Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Scholar, and a 2013 Newman Civic Fellows award winner. In Fall 2014, Zach was elected to the Montana House of Representatives at the age of 24.]
The Bozeman Youth Initiative has played a big role in my growth as a human, and as a young professional. It was so wicked cool to watch a wild idea by a friend - to turn a school bus into a mobile greenhouse that actually grows local food - turn into a reality that gave our community and schools something to rally around. Now I see something that I helped build during my high school years touring Bozeman's elementary schools, and I get to talk about BOB the bus with my niece who is a first grader at Hawthorne. Like I said: wicked cool. Thanks to BYI for all you have done to make me, and more importantly, our community, stronger and more vibrant. Keep trucking!