MAF To Support Ascent Program at Glacier H.S.

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It has long been an aspiration of the Montana Academy Foundation (MAF) to explore ways that the Montana Academy model of promoting character development and maturity in troubled teenagers could be integrated into the experience of students in non-residential school communities. The MAF board of directors has approved a grant of $139,004 over two years to support a pilot project at Glacier High School in Kalispell, MT. The Ascent Program will focus on a group of twenty sophomores identified as being at very high risk of dropping out of school. Among the anticipated outcomes are decreased incidence of mental health issues, increased ability to set and achieve personal, social, and academic goals, and improved relationships with family, with peers, and with others in the larger community. Such outcomes could position the Ascent Program as a model for similar efforts at public high schools in Montana and beyond.