We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to mentoring young adults through hands-on training in vintage auto restoration and preservation projects.
We provide school-accredited, supervised activities to help in the prevention and intervention in teen drug use, crime prevention, depression and teen suicide. We educate our youth by focusing them on teamwork, problem solving, and learning other skills which will help them mature into productive and self-confident additions to our community.
We have been working since 2005 to help improve graduation rates among “at-risk” high school students, as well as supporting young adults who are out of school and in need of direction. We provide training to young people regardless of their race, gender, or ethnicity. Our program is unique in that we are the only one in Missoula County offering automotive vocational training for those interested in pursuing a career in the automotive industry or related fields.
Montana Automotive Technologies is committed to providing mentors to young adults and educating them through hands-on training. We are committed to: teaching life skills and providing vocational education; fostering partnerships between young adults and senior adult mentors; and promoting the importance of civic participation and community involvement.
“M.A.T. has helped me personally by giving me an opportunity to interact with other kids my age. I always was sheltered and picked on when I was little, so, being here has really made me broaden my horizons. I try to get along with everyone, but at M.A.T. I actually have people to talk to that share my interests. Working on cars specifically is one of my favorite things to do. I’m not really one that anybody ever thinks would get into drugs and I know that doing such a thing is wrong. I think Alan and the other guys are doing a great job with myself and the other kids. I mean I actually have good friends here I wouldn’t have met anywhere else. I really treasure my friends and really hope I get to have the chance to make many more ‘grease-monkey’ buds in the future.”
“I first heard of M.A.T. from my small engine teacher Mr. Burtch at Sentinel High School and decided to see what it was about. Well, it’s like taking a step back in time. Before this year I had never heard of a Hudson, but now I have worked on the brakes and might help change the body of the one in the shop.”
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