About Us


EmpowerMT creates a more just and inclusive society by developing youth and adult leaders who work to end mistreatment, correct systemic inequalities and strengthen communities across Montana.

EmpowerMT envisions a Montana where each person is respected, where differences are understood, where youth, institutions, and communities share a commitment to correct injustices, and where all people have the opportunity to thrive without the risk of violence or oppression.


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EmpowerMT is  a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that began in 1998 as a volunteer-run chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) at the University of Montana. NCBI Missoula grew over the years, adding staff, expanding our work across Montana and developing more of our own training curriculum beyond just NCBI material. In 2016 NCBI Missoula transitioned from being a chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute and became a fully independent organization now called EmpowerMT. EmpowerMT maintains an affiliate status with the National Coalition Building Institute.

EmpowerMT serves the state of Montana, with a focus on empowering those individuals targeted by prejudice and mistreatment. To accomplish its mission, EmpowerMT has developed a leadership development program and comprehensive course curriculum to reduce prejudice, prevent violence, and resolve conflict. Since we began, over 50,000 participants have received support and leadership development, learned skills to interrupt oppression, prevent violence, and resolve conflict, as well as developed strategies for building just systems.