A team of employment specialists with Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch has helped 22 young people secure employment through the Individual Placement and Support Employment program.

YBGR Employment Specialist Gabriel Gallawa has worked with at-risk youth for six years. He earned a degree in secondary education from Chadron State College. He previously worked as a hiring manager with Target and Nike.

YBGR Employment Specialist Elizabeth Campoy holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and a minor in elementary education from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She has worked with youth for eight years, including more than two years at YBGR.

YBGR’s grant supervisor for the project, Robert Kuhr, has worked in the field of mental health for more than 30 years. He worked at YBGR for 29 years, including 24 years as the training director, before taking on his current role.

These employees work with people between the ages of 15 and 24 to help them develop skills in order to compete in the job market. The program, which began in 2014, strives to help people with mental health issues work in competitive jobs. This initiative is funded by a grant through the Department of Public Health and Human Services Addictive and Mental Health Disorder Division and Montana Medicaid. Learn more at ybgr.org.

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