July 12, 2021, was the first of three “Built from Beef” events happening this summer with three area non-profits partnering to bring learning opportunities to youth in Yellowstone County. Throughout this summer, over 200 youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County will have an opportunity for experiential, hands on learning during the “Built from Beef” events; while also enjoying the fun and amazing atmosphere of the historic Billings Depot.
Hosted by the Montana Beef Council, “Built from Beef” will feature three different stations for Club members to experience during their field trip to the historic Billings Depot. The first station will feature a STEM category where the children will discover the essential nutrients found in beef through experiential learning. The second station will feature basic kitchen skills and ways for children to be helpful in the kitchen when preparing beef meals. The final station will feature a lesson in Montana cattle brands and allow the children to design their own brand as well as learning a helpful ranching skill as they practice roping a steer head with help from some cowboys.
“We are thankful for this collaboration of missions to educate, interact and inspire kids. We have received a great response from area chefs like Sarah Moyer- owner and operator of Project Lunch and founder of Eat.Share.Give, Paul Lamantia- head firemaker from Blue Line BBQ, Jonathan Reyes- executive chef from By All Means Brewery and Jeremy Evans- friendly neighborhood kitchen-man and professional chef. All these individuals are just as excited as we are to share a skill with our young people that will help them throughout their lives,” says Chaley Harney, Executive Director for the Montana Beef Council.
The Montana Beef Council is organized to enhance profit opportunities for Montana cattle and beef producers by increasing demand for beef and beef products.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Through the years, the organization has seen a growing need for a safe, engaging and fun place to be during out of school time. The Club has grown from serving 70 members in one location in 1971 to serving over 350 members (over 550 pre-pandemic) in 5 Clubhouses and 5 Micro-site locations in 2021.