Youth Development

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What We Do

We support you, the next generation. If you are 14-24 years old and live in Gallatin or Park county, we can help you reach your educational and/or employment goals.

Everything we do is designed to empower you. You will have access to the tools to create achievable goals and take ownership of your path.

Contact us or fill out the questionnaire to get started.

In the program, you will focus on building confidence and gain skills for long term financial security. Our services include work experience and employment support, access to education support, training and skill building opportunities, and help with housing.

We are excited to work with any young adult striving to be more independent and looking for support on this journey. Some services we offer may require that youth meet certain eligibility requirements.
We specialize on working with teens and young adults between age 14-24.

Our programs may be right for you if you are between the age of 14-24 and looking for support in:

  • Getting a job and being successful
  • Finding a specific type of job or a better job
  • Matching your job to what you love
  • Learning to manage your money to afford the lifestyle you want
  • Finishing High School or achieving your Hi-Set
  • Accessing an apprenticeship or specific training
  • Building skills to live independently
  • Meeting other people your age


Bozeman Office
32 S Tracy Ave
Bozeman, MT 59715

Contact Information

Economic and Youth Development Director
Dean Williamson
p: 406.585.4878
f: 406.585.5597

Youth Case Manager
Lulu Herrera
p: 406.585.4843
f: 406.585.4868

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Brooke Poole

Public Sector

Since 2015, Brooke has been working with Allergan Aesthetics, Body Contouring. In 2018, Brooke began her role as Senior Manager of Training. Brooke graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Commercial Photography from Appalachian State University in 2011.

Brooke began her role on our Board in 2019. However, she feels it’s more fitting to say that she gets to serve on our Board. For Brooke, an evening at our Fork & Spoon was her first glance into our organization’s powerful work. As Brooke states, joining the Board has only expanded her appreciation for the caliber of people leading our mission and the impact of our vast ecosystem of services. While metrics alone are impressive, Brooke likes to visualize each number as an individual example of support – an extension of a helping hand, a moment of relief – given to one of our neighbors. She is grateful for the opportunity to participate in shaping HRDC’s future.

Although Brooke spends most of her volunteer time with HRDC, she was fortunate enough to build with Habitat for Humanity over the course of the summer in 2020. Her favorite place to spend time is anywhere under the Big Sky, although Hyalite may be her favorite place on Earth.

Ron Brey

Public Sector

Ron served as Bozeman’s Assistant City Manager from 1990 to 2008. After retiring, Ron joined our Board in 2011. Ron received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Montana in 1977, and his Masters in Science in Rural, Town, and Regional Planning from the University of Montana in 1987.

During his time with the City of Bozeman, Ron saw the important role that HRDC has played in our community. Ron has seen that HRDC provides necessary social services to assure that all Bozeman residents could obtain housing, food, training, employment and the other necessities of life. He also came to understand that HRDC was always able to respond immediately as new community needs arose. Ron believes that the dedication, hard work, and compassion of HRDC’s staff make it a real honor to serve on the Board.

Ron also serves on the Trails, Open Space and Parks Committee for the City of Bozeman, and as a volunteer with the Red Cross. One of Ron’s favorite activities is walking his beloved dog every day, enjoying many of Bozeman’s trails and parks, like Burke Park, Bozeman Creek, and the Hyalite and Mount Ellis areas. Ron and his wife Claire enjoy spending their days with family, friends, and time outdoors.