EmpowerMT believes that safe communities start with safe schools and supported, empowered, young people. All programs will be offered virtually for the 2020-2021 academic year and, as always, are FREE to the community. To register, please follow this link: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/_kvJNJhmZeD36Z0dSoJ_jA We can’t believe that that July has come and gone, Every July we would have gathered at Camp Paxson. […]Read More
Almost 20 years ago Amie Thurber and Kaycee Schilke brought the National Coalition Building Institute (now EmpowerMT), to Missoula. Wow! Isn’t that amazing? We are 20 years old! In these past 20 years – with outstanding leadership, committed, brilliant staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers, coupled with deep community support and YOU – NCBI Missoula has grown and evolved into […]Read More
This October marks the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s murder, and EmpowerMT will be honoring his life with a production of The Laramie Project. After Matthew’s murder in 1998, members of the Tectonic Theater Project in New York City traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, to interview residents about how the attack on Matt had affected […]Read More
Fill out my LGL form! Empowering and creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth is a priority of Empower Montana. We are the leading organization providing support for LGBTQ+ youth across the entire state. Nine years ago, this commitment to amplify LGBTQ+ youth voices led Empower Montana’s youth leaders to advocate for the Missoula Non-Discrimination […]Read More
In addition to the new Middle School Camp, EmpowerMT will have our 11th annual High School Youth Leadership Development Camp. The camp will take place over the course of three days and two nights. We hope to provide the students, staff, and community members that attend our camp with the skills, knowledge, and confidence […]Read More
Pronouns: she/her/hers Mona Charles has a wide-ranging background in film and television, as an actor, director, producer and studio executive. She also owned a comedy murder mystery company, Die Laughing, that performed throughout Southern California. While fulfilling her long-held desire to drive cross country, Mona fell in love with Montana in September 2019 and returned […]Read More
Pronouns: she/her/hers Born and raised in Missoula, MT Loni joined EmpowerMT as a youth attending the annual Empowering Youth Leadership Institute. Loni recognized the importance of EmpowerMT’s mission and was excited to participate in workshops and trainings through high-school, undergrad, and her graduate studies at Walla Walla University. Loni earned her BA in Technical Theatre from the […]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.