Youth Development

What We Do

We support the next generation, 14-24 year olds, throughout Gallatin and Park counties. Our goal is to support them as they transition into independence. We focus on building confidence, skills and long term financial security. Our services include work experience and employment support, education attainment and support, access to training opportunities, skill building opportunities, and housing stability initiatives.

Everything we do is designed with a youth empowerment mindset – where we give them the tools to create achievable goals. By providing work experience, focused direction, and inspiration for success, we have the knowledge and resources to help young adults navigate into adulthoodC

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 who are:

  • Homeless or housing insecure
  • Pregnant and/or parenting
  • Disabled
  • Subject to the juvenile or adult justice system
  • In Foster care
  • Looking for additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program
  • Struggling to find, secure, or maintain employment
  • Unable to pay for training to access specific work opportunities
  • Excited to learn about credit, debt reduction and becoming financially secure.

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

  • Getting into the workforce and being successful at work
  • Finding a specific type of job
  • Managing your money better
  • Finding secure housing
  • Finishing High School or achieving your Hi-Set
  • Accessing an apprenticeship or specific training
  • Building skills to live independently
  • Meeting other people your age

Complete this application and we will get in touch with you! You can also contact our Youth Development staff by email at or by phone 406.585.4843.


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.