“As we strive to teach others we must have the humility to acknowledge that we too still have much to learn.” -Aung San Suu Kyi We can’t believe our time is already up with our Mansfield Center YSEALI Fellows Kath, Zaw, and Marvelous! These three women visited Missoula for one month as part of The YSEALI (Young Southeast […]Read More
“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” -Sydney J. Harris As we gear up for the changing of seasons, EmpowerMT is also welcoming in some change of our own! As some of you know our beloved Katie Koga will be going to school to persue a career in nursing. We are […]Read More
“I never want to be a stagnant person. I think you begin to fester when you stop growing — and I do not want to be the human equivalent of moldy Tupperware.” -Chloe Dittloff This month at Empower Montana has reminded us all of the power of leaders who are younger than us. One of our highest […]Read More
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking […]Read More
“stay strong through your pain / grow flowers from it / you have helped me / grow flowers out of mine so / bloom beautifully / dangerously / loudly / bloom softly / however you need / just bloom” –Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey Happy June everyone! Time is flying by and we are excited […]Read More
“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” -Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake, Sitting Bull This past month has been as busy as it’s been rainy here at Empower Montana! Our favorite thing about spring is seeing all of our leaders in […]Read More
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” -Desmond Tutu We love seeing so many community members across Montana advocating and engaging in inclusion and change-making! Here are some ways you can roll with us at EmpowerMT and take action! 1.) Utilize EmpowerMT as a resource for learning: Do […]Read More
Most people agree this past year has been a rough one through to the end. While it may be hard to tap into the usual optimism that accompanies a turning of the new year, we are hoping to help you find some hope for 2017! Let’s start by discussing the dreaded […]Read More
Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, we can agree that this recent election has had a profoundly negative impact on how we treat each other. Barriers have risen between family, friends and neighbors, and there’s been a marked increase in identity-based harassment and violence across the country as well as right here at […]Read More
It’s been almost one month since we said goodbye to our amazing Mansfield Center YSEALI Fellows Hanty and Aung Lwin, and we sure do miss them! Hanty and Aung Lwin visited Missoula for one month as part of The YSEALI (Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative) Fellowship. The program provides the opportunity for young leaders from […]Read More
March 2, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
EPIC is a youth leadership club offered after school for middle school-age youth. EPIC has been empowering young leaders in the Missoula community since 2003! The EPIC program seeks to break isolation and build allies across group lines, understand the causes of oppression, strengthen the connection to school through mentorships, and increase skills & confidence in diffusing conflict. Epic meets each Tuesday afternoon from 4-5 pm.
March 3, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Youth Forward is a weekly group for LGBTQ+, Two Spirit, & gender diverse youth to connect with peers, discuss issues relevant to their lives, explore identity, and learn more about the ever-expanding LGBTQ+, Two Spirit, & gender diverse community and how other identities intersect. (Be You Crew is a mentorship opportunity for youth, ages 9-13, to join Youth Forward on the last Wednesday of each month. Be You Crew was formed after recognizing the need for a space where elementary and middle school-aged youth can explore gender identity and sexual orientation and develop allyship skills.)
March 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
EmpowerMT is committed to developing youth leaders and values creating an authentic representation of our constituencies at all levels of the organization. In order to achieve these objectives, EmpowerMT created YAC. EmpowerMT staff, youth, & volunteers select outstanding youth from all of EmpowerMT’s programs with diverse backgrounds and experiences to create the perfect team each year. YAC serves as liaisons between EmpowerMT youth programs and the Board of directors.