Year of Award


Document Type

Professional Paper

Degree Type

Master of Arts (MA)

Degree Name


Department or School/College


Committee Chair

Dr. Kathy Kuipers

Committee Co-chair

Dr. Daisy Rooks

Commitee Members

Dr. Andrea Vernon


youth development, job skills, life skills, agricultural skills, community connection, nutrition


University of Montana

Subject Categories

Civic and Community Engagement | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology | Work, Economy and Organizations


Garden City Harvest is a Missoula, Montana nonprofit organization. Garden City Harvest sponsors the Youth Harvest program. Youth Harvest teaches at-risk youth job and life skills. The program’s mission is to improve participants’ professional and personal outcomes as adults. Participants utilize farming and retail skills they learn in the program to improve their employment opportunities and learn important life skills, such as money management, nutritional literacy, and food preparation. Participants also have the opportunity to assist other vulnerable people in Missoula and to become more connected to their communities. This paper is an analysis of questionnaires that Youth Harvest staff distribute to adolescents in the program. Those questionnaires are designed to measure if Youth Harvest is meeting its goals. This analysis suggests that Youth Harvest is mostly successful in helping youth achieve professional and personal goals, but there is room for improvement.



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