MAPS Media Institute offers new curriculum and new teachers

2011-09-01T12:55:00Z MAPS Media Institute offers new curriculum and new teachersPETER ROSTEN - For the Ravalli Republic Ravalli Republic
September 01, 2011 12:55 pm  • 

On September 12, 2011, the MAPS Media Institute will begin its 8th year serving high schools students in Ravalli County, Montana. And to kick off their new session, MAPS and its cameras will be at the Ravalli County Fair making a (pro-bono) PSA for the fair board.

MAPS is a unique after-school program that combines education and real business experience for Hamilton, Corvallis, Stevensville, Darby and Victor youth. The students learn how to create and produce a wide variety of media and then have the opportunity to use these new skills for fee-paying clients.

Founded in 2004, MAPS is a true public/private partnership. Its parent company, the Florence Prever Rosten Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit and a licensed education agency (LEA) committed to engaging underserved rural, often at-risk, youth with resultant positive academic, behavioral and economic outcomes for those served.

Every year, MAPS strives to improve its program and 2011 is no exception. We have expanded our curriculum into four sections: Filmmaking, Design, Viral Video and Film: Raw. For detailed information about each class, please visit

MAPS is free-of-charge. In the past, MAPS students would take a class for the entire year. This year, based on student input, MAPS has divided each class into eight week sessions. Students can now choose the media skills they are most interested.

Every year, we provide the highest level of media instruction. MAPS updates and purchases new equipment and this year is no exception. The Design class now includes still photography and Apple Motion Graphic software. These new tools will enable MAPS to better serve its students and clients.

A key component of MAPS is the talent and quality of the instructors. 2010 Documentary instructor, Ian Marquand, took a position in Helena as the Executive Director for the Medical Licensing. Erin Belmont. a MAPS student in 2009, will replace Ian as the new Film: Raw instructor.

Another new curriculum and teacher is Viral Video. Former MAPS student, Luke McLean, created this curriculum and will be the teacher. From 2004 - 2006, Luke was a MAPS students at Corvallis High School and became an associate teacher last year.

"Having Luke and Erin as teachers fulfills one of the promises MAPS made from our inception," said MAPS President, Peter Rosten. "And that is to create quality jobs for Ravalli County citizens. We're very proud of the fact that we are able to promote our former students into teachers...this is what mentoring is all about."

In the executive suite, 2010 Program Director, Laura Henderson, has been promoted to Co-Executive Director of the program. Laura and Peter Rosten share this responsibility. Laura runs the day-to-day aspect of MAPS while Peter is responsible for the client side of the business.

Also, MAPS board member, Jeremy Sauter, has accepted the Co-President position for MAPS parent company, the Irwin and Florence Rosten Foundation. Currently an advertising and marketing executive for Paramount Pictures, Jeremy's increased duties will be shared with Peter Rosten.

If you are (or know) a Ravalli County high school student who is interested in joining MAPS this year, please visit and fill out an application.


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