Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Irwin and Florence Rosten Foundation

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Volunteering Oportunities

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Media & Communications

Mission: The MAPS Media Institute is a nationally recognized, local education agency and after-school arts academy in western Montana. We provide a rigorous, hands-on media arts experience for rural students, inspiring a passion for learning and equipping them with educational tools that they might otherwise find unattainable. MAPS incorporates science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM) to help young people achieve tangible public success and impressive personal growth. MAPS students learn self-confidence, leadership and empathy for others, creating a strong foundation for the success of all their future endeavors.

Results: 1) MAPS student artists win two "Awards of Excellenceship (equivolent of EMMY awards) from NATAS, NW. (2015). 2) MAPS founder, Peter Rosten honored as "Bitterroot Business Person of the Year" by the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce (2015). 3) Peter Rosten named a MONTANA AMBASSADOR by the Governor of Montana. (2015). 4)MAPS honored as one of the top 50 after-school programs in the country by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. NAYHP (2014).

Target demographics: Underserved, economically disadvantaged and rural students grades 8 - 12. 50-50% Male and female.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500

Geographic areas served: Ravalli County, MT

Programs: Film, Design, Technology, Music and Entrepreneur

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the former principal of Corvallis High School, the original host of MAPS, I have witnessed the positive impact the MAPS program can have on students from every level of the educational spectrum. I can list numerous facts and figures in regards to the reduction in dropouts, increase in GPA, increase in credits attained, and the overall engagement of MAPS students, but in the end, one major impact of MAPS resonates the most - creativity. Educators can often times get wrapped up in levels of proficiency, standards, learning targets and demonstration of mastery. We hold up A-level products from students who graduated the year before and say, "This is an exemplar." Although sound practice, the beauty of MAPS is that the there really is no traditional A-level. Therefore, students are asked/challenged to be creative and imagine limitless possibilities while learning technical skills. A simple, but rare concept. I have followed the progress of MAPS since I left Corvallis High School and can think of only a few examples of such high-impact, high-skill, and high-creativity programs. Thank you to the Irwin and Florence Rosten Foundation for your incredible impact on the students of the Bitterroot Valley.

Aaron20

Client Served

Rating: 5

What MAPS achieves at a level that I've rarely seen; is to connect kids with real-world mentors and solid, legitimate career experience in creative arts. It gives the kids a sense of what it's really like behind the curtain. They can learn about a field from the inside and more importantly, actually CREATE real art. It's learning at its finest... education that means something beyond the narrow metrics that govern our system. MAPS is an extraordinary organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Monica Cambell and I am a parent of two teens
that have been in the MAPS program over the years. What a great after school program
this is and a great team of teachers. Although my kids may not work
In the industry at least they got to expierence what it would be like.
I highly recommend this program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first joined MAPS to tryout their website design class, because I wanted to have a career in web design. The class was engaging and fun, full of a variety of programs to use and get to know and the instructor of the class was witty and had a great sense of humor. After helping design the MAPS website I joined the film group. I learned more from that film class than I would have ever acquired reading a book. MAPS is wonderful institution that gives its students the tools and knowledge to Find Their Voice.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an exchange student from Russia who was lucky to spend a year in Montana, I have to say that my experience wouldn't be complete without MAPS Media Institute. I couldn't be more grateful for all the amazing opportunities that opened to me there. I've learnt so much from the amazing classes. Made so many new friends. Had a great time working with them on projects such as our "Big Movie" that was later shown in the local movie theater! Even coming from a pretty big city I have to say that I have never come across anything that could be compared to MAPS. That's why I believe that MAPS Media Institute is the treasure of the Bitterroot Valley that lets teenagers get together, socialize, learn and have fun all at the same time!

Client Served

Rating: 4

Working with MAPS was an incredible experience for the Bitterroot Youth Home staff and residents. Not only were our experiences professional and timely but they were fun and exciting as well. MAPS provides an amazing experience to the community for both kids and adults. We greatly appreciate the support and creativity MAPS gives to our kids as well as staff! We all have learned so much from the experience.
I also want to say that the staff -- particularly Erin -- was so amazing with our kids. Her patience and kindness really added to our overall experience. That's not to say that Laura H., Christian, and the rest weren't great too! You all are amazing folks! Thank you to all of you truly. We had an amazing experience and greatly appreciate the service you give our community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you to all the staff at the MAPS program for their awesome energy and input into our kiddos! I have seen not only the general computer literacy of our two kids increase but also their focus on music and composition. Looking forward to see where these skills and friendships take the kids

Client Served

Rating: 5

We first found out about MAPS via a friend. My son was so excited he was not sure which program to choose. He is in the design class and loving it. The projects he shares with us are great. This program offers so many different skills that can he carry on throughout his life. Thank you to all the instructors and volunteers! He is already thinking of trying a different program next year.

Justus J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having now seen MAPS both from the inside (as an assistant instructor,) and the outside (as a client,) I have nothing but praise for the organization. The kids see, to enjoy being there, and they pick up skills that can help them in the difficult job market. The staff are all great to work with, and really passionate about getting the next generation interested in the various forms of media production.

As a client I have been very satisfied with the more 'business' side of the operation as well. The people at MAPS have made sure everyone involved has regular communication, client-side concerns are taken seriously and addressed appropriately, and most of all they really want the client to be satisfied with the finished product. Excellent service and business practices are being modeled for the kids in this program!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The MAPS program, along with it's mentors, has had a tremendously positive impact on both of our children's (ages 15 & 16) technical skills, motivation and self-esteem. Both of our children are very different in their learning styles and interests, yet it effectively serves all of their needs in different capacities. I've been so impressed with the mentor's abilities to recognize their needs and teach them accordingly, not bad considering how many children they're dealing with! It has opened up an entire new world to both of children and helped them realize possibilities that none of us knew existed. The mentors are also great at helping find resources beyond the program that pertain to our children's talents and interests. This is our first year with the program and we look forward to several more. We highly recommend other homeschool and traditionally schooled teens to check out this valuable program.

Taylor5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a MAPS student for about 3 years now and i gotta say that i LOVE it. I moved from Missouri to Montana just to see what the program was like and what was it all about. I never regretted that decision. Since then, they allowed to discover my filmmaking talent that i could never discover in any other place. They taught me that "one yes can change your life" and that i should "find your voice." As a result, i decided to follow those passions by getting a degree specializing in filmmaking because i love it so much, and so i can take my voice and talents to the next level. ITs all thanks to them. Thank you so much MAPS!

Mason T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MAPS is cool.
The best place to be after a long day of school. Teachers/Educators are great people and have all the knowledge for film, design, and music to teach new people in the film, design, and music environment.

Alton M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

All the staff hear at MAPS are very dedicated to the the young adults in the Bitterroot valley and pass on their knowledge to the next generation of America's youth. Also a good way to educate the kids about their favorite ways to listen to music, watch movies, and have fun in life with electronics and technology. MAPS is the best place to learn about the Media Arts! KEEP IT ON!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Maps Media Institute is a very professional organization helping high school age youth learn afterschool how to use programs used in web and graphic design as well as video editing, shooting, and final production. They also have a Digital Music production class. I have had the opportunity to attend MAPS for 4 years, i would say that this was a life changing experience, it helped me learn to co-operate with others on group projects, not be afraid to share my idea's, and turn my idea's into reality. The teachers are very helpful and informative as well as friendly, if you have an idea they will help you complete what you want to do, even if the inspiration comes during a class project. I recommend MAPS to all of my friends who have an interest in Film, Digital Music, or Graphic/web Design. I love this program and am very grateful to all the people to spend their time coming to teach us and the people who keep this program going, i hope more kids can have the opportunity i had. -J

Ej H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

this program has presented me with opportunities in life that i could never get anywhere else. i know what i want to do with my life now and have gotten to actually learn skills that are not taught in school. the MAPS program gives young people a head start in a technology-relient world. i have been taking classes for 3 years now and all i can say is that i am who i am today because of the amazing people and opportunities MAPS has introduced to me. thank you MAPS!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

MAPS media institute is a great place to learn graphic design, music, and film. This organization tought me an awful lot about design and film making.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MAPS is really awesome. I learn really cool stuff about graphic design along with filmmaking and music. The instructors are great too. LOTS of FUN!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Joining the music program at MAPS was a really great opportunity for my sister and I. The equipment at MAPS allowed us to develop our vocal recording skills which will really help us achieve our dream of becoming singers. The staff at MAPS is very knowledgeable and kind. I would definitely recomend this program to anyone looking to donate, volunteer, or participate.

Client Served

Rating: 5

maps is the most amazing thing to go to after school!!!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The MAPS Media Institute has been really fun for me. I love music and I love how I can write my own songs using their equipment and it's just a bunch of sweet people helping you with film and design and music.