We support agencies and businesses who offer youth activities because we know kids who are involved in positive activities aren’t involved in negative ones.

Youth Connections cares about Helena’s future. We are a diverse group of community members who work to make Helena a healthy and supportive place for kids and families. We focus on preventing and reducing substance abuse and violence, while enhancing social, emotional and mental health supports for Helena’s youth. With the combined efforts of our coalition members – consisting of parents, educators, youth-serving organizations, church and business leaders – we are building a better Helena by providing valuable, evidence-based programs, services, and activities to help youth and families thrive.

Our Mission

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Our Vision

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Our Values

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Board of Directors

Coleen Smith
YC Executive Director (staff)

Justin Murgel
President
Pacific Source

Barry Houser
Vice President
Montana Contractor’s Association

Taylore Dinsdale
Secretary
Butte Cares

Katelin Conway
Treasurer
Mountain Pacific Quality Health

Colleen Roylance
Mountain Pacific Quality Health

Tanya Murgel
Juvenile Probation

meet our team

Coleen Smith
Executive Director/Southwest Regional Technical Assistance Leader
Nicole Hackley
Eastern Regional Technical Assistance Leader
Sara Mahoney
South Central Regional Technical Assistance Leader
Jenny Fuller
North Central Regional Technical Assistance Leader
Brandee Tyree
Northwest Regional Technical Assistance Leader
Barbara Bessette
Tribal Regional Technical Assistance Leader
Laura Cross
Southwest Regional Technical Assistance Leader
RTAL TEAM
L to R: Barbara, Coleen, Brandee, Laura, Sara, Nicole. Not pictured: Jenny