As protests continue across the world in response to the senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade, EmpowerMT offers solidarity and support to black people in our community, throughout our state, and across the nation. We see you. We hear you. We mourn with you. We are outraged at the […]Read More
September 3rd, 2020 through October 22nd, 2020 Group meets every Thursday, 6:00pm-8:00pm Sept. 3rd and Oct. 22nd Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is offering a training in partnership with EmpowerMT is offering a True Colors Training Series, a holistic approach to skill-building in an effort to end racism and white supremacy. This training in particular was created […]Read More
(MISSOULA, MT December 10th, 2019) Empower Montana was identified as a high impact youth development program by youth development research and data collection institute, Hello Insight, for the 2018-19 school year. Empower Montana was placed in the top seventeen high impact youth development organizations out of 459 programs surveyed and was the only organization recognized […]Read More
pronouns: she/her/hers Hello, my name is Adeline Michels (or to some I am Addy)! I was pulled towards the Youth Advisory Council because I’ve come to notice that tons of voices go unheard, voices that try to be seen, but are too scared they aren’t valued enough to be, voices that feel they can’t have […]Read More
pronouns: he/him/his Hi, I’m Brandon Pannell, I am a student at Sentinel High School. While in the public school system I have seen multiple times people have tried to voice their opinions but have been shut down by teachers and administrators. My sister, Sierra, an EmpowerMT employee introduced me to the Youth Advisory Council. This […]Read More
pronouns: she/her/hers Hello my name is Edie, I was brought to Empower Montana’s Youth Advisory Council because I feel that Missoula’s community should be a place of equality and kindness. The years I have been in school I have seen disclusion and rude comments, most of them making fun of their gender, disabilities,race, or sexuality. […]Read More
pronouns: she/her/hers Hello my name is evyn kolczak-hardy and growing up in a household with two moms i didn’t experience homophobia in the way some people often do. So when i finally went to school a year younger than my peers i didn’t understand how someone could hate another person just for loving somebody. These […]Read More
pronouns: he/him/his Hi, My name is Liam. I was called to YAC due to my dreams of seeing the world changed for the good, along with myself. I’ve never been the best kid in the world. But, because of my anger problems, I changed my life for the worse. I needed to change badly, or […]Read More
pronouns: she/her/hers Hello, My name is Elizabeth (or Lizzie) Mills-Low and I have been called to YAC because of injustices that I, as well as my peers, have faced in school, and many other communities. As a Black/African American girl, I have faced and witnessed many struggles living in a predominantly white area. In YAC […]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.