The purpose of this new pilot program is to inspire hope for our youth, develop pride in our rural communities, and foster strength and courage in our leadership. Our belief is that this will result in increased girls leadership competency and confidence, cultivated specifically to create positive social change and positive community impacts.
This program will consist of 3 retreats throughout the year, one-on-one mentoring designed to provide support, accountability, and assistance to participants, a community project that will provide participants with true leadership opportunities, and 3 webinars that will allow participants to stay connected with their peers and report on the progress of their community projects.
Our success is contingent upon a cadre of strong, capable, passionate female mentors who will work one-on-one with their mentee for the duration of the program. The ideal candidate has experience in youth development, leadership development, and community engagement. Additionally, mentors should be self-motivated, possess strong communication skills, and have the confidence to be direct, open, and empathetic with their mentee. Mentors are expected to behave professionally and maintain appropriate boundaries with their mentees and model the program and foundation values. In order to be eligible, mentors must commit to attending and participating in all program events and activities and must complete and pass a criminal background check.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Twice monthly check-ins with mentee
- Support and guidance in real-world applications of retreat learnings
- Support and guidance in conceptualizing, planning, and implementing community projects
- Support and guidance in goal-setting and attainment
- Support and guidance in future-planning
- The creation and use of accountability systems as necessary
- Communication with program staff and mentor cohort
- Documentation of interactions with mentee
- Ability to arrange for personal transportation to and from retreats
- Compliance with all program policies and procedures
Mentor Time Commitment:
In addition, mentors are required to attend and participate in the following events. The Red Ants Pants Foundation will cover meal and lodging expenses for program events (festival not included). Mentors are expected to provide their own transportation and cover transportation costs.
- October 26-28, 2018: Retreat #1- Double T River Ranch, Clyde Park, MT (orientation and matching)
- December 4, 2018, 7 pm: Webinar #1- Participants will share selected community project
- February 10, 2019: Retreat #2- Double T River Ranch, Clyde Park, MT
- March 12, 2019, 7 pm: Webinar #2- Participant update on community project
- April 28, 2019: Retreat #3- Double T River Ranch, Clyde Park, MT
- June 4, 2019, 7 pm: Webinar #3- Participant presentation on community project
- July 26-28: Red Ants Pants Music Festival (optional, but highly encouraged!)
This October, the Red Ants Pants Foundation will launch our inaugural girls leadership program. The purpose of this program is to inspire hope in our youth, develop pride in our rural communities, and foster strength and courage in our leadership. We believe this will result in increased women’s leadership competency and confidence, cultivated specifically to create positive social change and positive community impacts.
The Red Ants Pants Foundation grew from Red Ants Pants, a company founded by Sarah Calhoun that is dedicated to making workwear for women. The Foundation was formed in 2011 to show support for the hard-working side of Montana and beyond. The Foundation uses proceeds from the Red Ants Pants Music Festival to run multiple programs including a community grant program, timber skills workshop, and this yet to be named girls leadership program.
The program will consist of three retreats throughout the year, one-on-one mentoring designed to provide support, accountability, and assistance to participants, a community project that will provide participants with true leadership opportunities, and three webinars that will allow participants to stay connected with their peers and report on the progress of their community projects.
Participants must be entering their junior year of high school, have access to transportation, and be able to attend ALL events. The only expense required by participants is travel to and from each retreat. If this is a difficulty, stipends may be available for assistance.
- October 26-28, 2018: Retreat #1- Double T River Ranch, Clyde Park, MT
- December 4, 2018, 7 pm: Webinar #1- Participants will share selected community project.
- February 8-10, 2019: Retreat #2- Double T River Ranch, Clyde Park, MT
- March 12, 2019, 7 pm: Webinar #2- Participant update on community project.
- April 26-28, 2019: Retreat #3- Double T River Ranch, Clyde Park, MT
- June 4, 2019, 7 pm: Webinar #3- Participant presentation on community project.
- July 26-28, 2019: Red Ants Pants Music Festival! (optional but highly encouraged!)
We are excited that you are interested in participating. Please fill out the application below. Know that there are no “right” or “wrong answers. We just want you to be yourself, have fun, and let us know who you truly are.
Are you interested in playing at the 2019 Red Ants Pants Music Festival? Well, we want to hear your music!
All submissions should come here, not through email. Thanks for your cooperation!
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Here at the Red Ants Pants Foundation we believe in teaching and sharing practical skills that can be used in our day-to-day lives, work places, and while we’re out exploring all that Montana has to offer. Having the skills to work with timber can be incredibly useful and rewarding. Whether it is for a career choice or home ownership, knowing how to work with wood and use the related hand and power tools is a valuable skill.
Each year, using proceeds from our Red Ants Pants Music Festival, we host a three-day-plus Timber Skills Workshop designed to empower and educate women of all skill levels on the basic understanding, maintenance and operation of hand and power tools. We were excited to expand our offerings last year – participants now have the option to participate in either a Chainsaw 101 or Carpentry 101 course.
The Chainsaw 101 program is designed for beginner to intermediate chainsaw users. Participants will learn about different types of chainsaws and features, basic maintenance and use, as well as how to fell, buck, and limb trees.
The Carpentry 101 program is designed for beginner to intermediate users who have an interest in understanding the essential hand and power tools used for general construction. Participants will learn about use and safety with different power tools, as well as practical applications for hand tools.
Safety is the focus of the weekend, ensuring all participants feel comfortable and empowered to learn and practice at their own pace. We hope you are able to join us for this retreat full of learning, empowerment, and fun.
All participants will receive hands-on technical instruction and practice time. Although there will be times when you’ll be observing others, we keep the student to instructor ratio low in order to ensure everyone has ample time to practice and try new techniques. We will provide all of the equipment, safety gear, and tools needed to participate.
Who can apply: Applicants must be over 18 years of age and will be required to sign a release of liability waiver. The workshop is limited to 12 participants per section (first come, first served).
When: September 20-23, 2018.
Where: White Sulphur Springs, MT. Basecamp will be located near town, with instruction occurring on private lands.
- Participants will be able to camp on-site at basecamp (instructors will be camping, too!). Showers are available at the Hot Springs Motel for a small fee. There are local hotels available, if you would prefer, but are not covered by tuition.
- Meals and snacks will be provided. If you have a special dietary need, please be sure to make note of it in your application.
- In addition to personal clothing and toiletries, all participants must bring the following:
- Long-sleeved work shirts
- Long work pants
- Leather work boots (sneaker-type shoes are not allowed!)
- Leather gloves (we will have some to use, if needed)
- Ear plugs (we will have some to use, if needed)
- Safety glasses (we will have some to use, if needed)
- Personal tent (we can make arrangements to borrow one for you, if needed)
- Sleeping bag and pad
Directions to basecamp will be provided upon acceptance.
Cost: $450 per person. This covers all meals (and some snacks), including dinner Thursday night and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. It also covers instruction, materials, and course equipment. Payment arrangements must be finalized in order to reserve your spot. Fees will not be refunded after ten days before the start of the workshop.
Payment must be received in order to reserve your spot (which are first come, first served). You can send your check to:
The Red Ants Pants Foundation | PO Box 637 | White Sulphur Springs, MT 59645
Once we receive your application, we will be in touch to provide additional information and answer any questions. Thank you so much for application!
Sarah, Morgan, and the Red Ants Pants Timber Skills Team