Irwin and Florence Rosten Foundation

Rating: 4.93 stars   121 reviews

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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
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EIN 20-1279915
406 370-3745
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was involved with MAPS and I absolutely loved it! MAPS truly is one of the best things that ever happened to me because I have always dreamed of becoming a great screenwriter and with my experience at MAPS, I have learned the basics of screenwriting and digital film making! I hope that MAPS continues to change lives and show us kids how it is done in the real world!!!

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Peter Rosten constantly inspires young minds; several years later I still remember my brief involvement in MAPS while in high school. I had a blast and have such reverence for the work he does and the lives he changes.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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Rating: 5 stars  

It was wonderful to see the students in action. In the course of a couple days, they produced a great promo for a non-profit that inspired creative designers, directors, artists and musicians . Without MAPS, these students wouldn't have had the chance to venture into the creative world of film.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

MAPS is a program that helps students who live in rural Montana develop the 21st Skill Sets they need to make it in a Global World. Students learn technical editing skills, filming, music, photography, and the foundation of hard work. While working with these students I have been impressed with their knowledge of technology and its applications. These students also are polite and very respectfully of their peers and elders. They have learned Civic Engagment giving back to their communities and the State of Montana.

This program has made a big difference in so many students life giving them real life experience and helping them believe in themselves. We need more programs like this to help our youth succeed in LIFE.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been witness to the humble but dedicated efforts of this foundation to create a school program that introduces the practical and artful skills necessary for the creation and production of film and video in a professional environment.

In an area of the Arts too often under-funded or completely non-existent in our secondary education, this Foundation has inspired the creation of the MAPS program in the high schools of Montana affording students the opportunity to develop and work with the creation and production process of film and video in an environment guided and taught by individuals whose life's work stems from work in the environs of Hollywood and the major movie studios of the globe.

The MAPS program offers students the hands-on opportunity to create, write and produce film and video in a manner practical for the development of the visual arts as career. This opportunity rarely exists in the Nations secondary schools and has mapped out the path of practical applications for film and video and deserves the best efforts of Great Non-profits.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

When MAPS first started in the Bitterroot Valley, I thought, "AT LAST! A REAL opportunity for our young, eager, creative minds to stretch the limits of their fertile imaginations!" The fruits of their labors have been amazing! From working on local ad campaigns to completing really imaginative short films. I'm so proud to be able to support this amazing group in any small way I can. Peter Rosten and a the other amazing instructors get nothing but great respect from me for their outstanding contribution to alternative education in Montana.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

M.A.P.S. has done an awful lot for me and fellow students throughout the years. This program takes young learners and gives them a look into the world of the film industry. From editing programs to proper documentary filmmaking this program will take you from learning to press record to making a short film. Peter and his fellow teachers will sit with you hands on showing you the ropes to the latest and greatest technology they have to offer. If you can create a program from merely nothing that lasts 10 years I think they have been doing things right all along! 5 years ago I was a student with M.A.P.S. and now I am a full time student at one of the greatest "hands on" film schools in the Carolinas. Without the knowledge and the program Peter has created I would not be here learning and getting a better education in the Film Industry.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

Here's an organization that gives young people in rural Montana hands-on experience in the film industry. Not only are teens learning technical skills ranging from screen writing to set design, but they are acquiring the confidence and self-esteem, as well as the negotiation and problem-solving tools that will prepare them to deal with life's challenges. MAPS is a superb outfit.

Jeff Gersh, President, NarrativeLab Communications
Portland, Oregon

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Peter Rosten is an amazing individual and MAPS Media Institute is an inspiring organization. The Rosten Foundation provides a great platform for young people to connect with their community. A great cause and well run non-profit.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

This is an amazing class for young learners to understand and join a growing, and expanding! field of careers and amazement. Ive had experience as a student of Mr.Rostens, who exceeded in giving to his program; Guidance, excellence, and fun! M.A.P.S. was newly introduced, the resource seemed boundless to me, a list way to long to describe fully. However, as soon as you can, this program need to be cherished, kindled to full potential, for CHS and to other schools. COOLBEANS!!RockON. Raddflye@gmail.com

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Some

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Very Well

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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