Irwin and Florence Rosten Foundation

Rating: 4.93 stars   121 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 750 PO Box 750 Darby MT 59829 USA

Mission: The MAPS Media Institute is a preeminent, nationally-recognized education program that integrates science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM) concepts within media arts subjects. Our mission is to create an environment that motivates students through a hands-on computer science, media arts and digital technology curriculum that includes film, design, cyberskills and music. For over ten years, we’ve delivered on our promise to inspire creativity, build confidence and develop capacity for our public and home-schooled 8th - 12th graders. MAPS graduates are ready to contribute and succeed in the 21st Century economy.
Results: 2013-2014 results include: 1) MAPS founder, Peter Rosten, awarded a national Purpose Prize fellowship. 2) MAPS students nominated for 4 "Awards of Excellence" (Student Emmy Awards), 3) 85% of MAPS students attend college. 4) Only four MAPS students (out of thousands) have dropped out of high school. For more information: www.mapsmediainstitute.com
Target demographics: Rural students grades 8 - 12. Male and female participants are equally divided. Three of the five schools we serve qualify for Title 1; thus a high percentage of our students are economically disadvantaged.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 150
Geographic areas served: Ravalli County, MT
Programs: Computer Science, Digital Technology, Video, Design, Music, Cyberskills
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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406 370-3745
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

What a fantastic idea and organization! I wish this were nationwide, the benefits would be tremendous! I often share the link with my classmates when investigating website ease of use- the website is easy to browse, clear, and pops!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people! I have only met several including Mr Rosten.

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One time

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2009-8-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Peter Rosten is one amazing individual, and this is a truly inspiring organization. From Hollywood wunderkinder to Montana cowboy, Peter always gives 200% -- and more. His determination is what makes the Florence Prever Rosten Foundation great: a dynamo at the head, with a heart as big as Montana.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

reading about the kids whose lives are impacted by the foundation's efforts.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Knowing a better educated group of kids is emerging

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I've known Peter many years, and can personally attest to his dedication.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I have watched the MAPS program develop in our local school system then move out through our valley to all schools. Before this program started there was nothing that offered a media experience in our school system. This foundation has given many kids a new view on their future and working in the community to help other non-profits produce materials to promote their message. Personally I have seen the dedication in the students that would take their own time to do live radio chats to promote what they were doing and why it is important to our community. Great program - I hope it continues to grow and develop exceptional youth!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching the final production pieces

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and professional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more students

Ways to make it better...

more classes in more areas of the US

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About every month

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2010-2-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I took this class as a freshman in high school and it completely changed me. Mr. Rosten treats us like adults, like business partners. The respect that he gives to us is great, it helps us to realize what the real world will be like and makes us want to do our best work. This is a great outlet for people to express themselves in so many outlets, from writing to filming to editing, there are so many different aspects of film making that fit every personality.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach so many students who deserve to a part of this experience. It could help give children a purpose for their life and give them a place to express themselves and grow up.

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One time

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2008-6-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Maps is a wonderful program that is enhancing the lives of young people in the bitteroot valley. I have seen how dedicated Mr. Rosten is to teaching these young kids, and it really brings not only the kids together like a family but the community as well!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

all the wonderful films they have produced, and also seeing the respect the kids have for Mr. Rosten, eachother, and themselves.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing how passionate the students are about what they learn

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One time

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2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

My Son first bacame involved as a High School Student when MAPs was apart of the curriculum. It offered him his creative out let and lead him to realize his dream of writing, teaching and Media Arts as a career. Without this program I don't believe that my Son would have found his talent as early in life and had the opportunity to focus on what truly made him happy at such a young age. It was this program that kept him in school.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching my Son grow and learn in an area that usually is not considered in school curriculum.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

my Son's enthusiasm for learning and exploring under the mentorship of experienced and professional guidance.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

They have become my family's friends.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to even more children in our community and offer them the chance to create. How many kids are full of talent but it is never tapped because of funding? How many of these kids will find their talent on their own?

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About every month

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2010-2-01

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10 people found this review helpful

Peter Rosten and his team of dedicated individuals that make up the staff of MAPS has opened the creative minds of so many children. With a positive and professional curriculum they have enabled these kids the opportunity to experience and contribute to all aspects of the film making industry. Many of these children are "at risk" and may otherwise end up on the streets or without any real skill or education. Through the education process at MAPS, they learn a work ethic and real life skills that they can apply to so many other areas of their lives. As a parent of a former student, and a business owner in the community, I can't say thank you enough to the team that has made such a significant impact to the children and our community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional and dedicated to children and enhancing their lives in way that extended far beyond the technical details of film making.

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About every six months

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2009-7-01

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13 people found this review helpful

Educating our youth in the ways of creating Media is one of the most important objectives we can achieve as educators. Media Arts has done this with the institute in west central Montana, yet getting the youth to the classes remains difficult. Lucky are those youth who are able to attend the classes and gain very real skills that translate into real jobs that pay living wages.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching MAPS students graduate with honors from high school and go on to receive scholarships to colleges and universities to continue study in the field of Media Arts.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make the Media Arts Institute a hub for Training Teachers to seed other institutes. The technology keeps changing and the challenge is to keep up and it costs lots of money.

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About once a year

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2007-3-01

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4 people found this review helpful

This excellent program has provided professional teaching tools to students that would otherwise be unavailable anywhere in the state of Montana. It's media program not only instructs but allows for the students to actually produce finished advertising campaigns, documentaries, scripts and other related media projects.It prepares students for real jobs servicing an area of Montana that is mostly rural and impoverished. Increased funds would open access to more students who are unable to pay for classes.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Viewing the finished products of student produced short films and documentaries.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The high level of enthusiasm both in the teaching staff and with the student body. Students are highly motivated and make excellent use of the expertise offered to them.

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About every month

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2009-4-01

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5 people found this review helpful

MMI is a great organization offering students advanced techniques and training in media arts. This education is exceptionally advanced and provides students opportunities to work with and learn from experts in the field of media. It is also an education that provides students with enormous opportunity to "actually perform" in real life situations often generating commercial programs and products.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

increase participation of students in this program 5 fold. It could also provide far more opportunities for these students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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