Pronouns: she/her/hers Heidi’s life experiences as a sixth generation, non-Indigenous Montanan led her to pursue a life of creating positive change in individuals and communities. Heidi has a Bachelor’s of Social Work and a B.A. in Native American Studies from the University of Montana where she was honored in 2010 with the Distinguished Alumni Award. […]Read More
Pronouns: she/her/hers Brooke has over 40 years of business creation, development, management, hiring, training, and team building experience. She has been a one on one coach, facilitator, and skill building educator for over 29 years. Brooke is a ‘Montana Certified Mediator’, holds a special ‘Family Certified’ designation, and is a proud Board Member of The Montana […]Read More
Pronouns: she/her/hers Born and raised in Missoula Montana, Kelsie has always been passionate about serving the Missoula community and social justice work. The daughter of a Union Leader and a long time feminist, Kelsie has been doing activist work in Montana her entire life. Kelsie started as a Development and Communications Intern with EmpowerMT in […]Read More
Pronouns: he/him/his Alex is the joint Racial Justice Engagement Specialist for EmpowerMT and the YWCA of Missoula, working to build anti-racism initiatives for both organizations and within the community to ensure that racial justice is a primary lens that informs all of our work. Alex has a degree in Communications and Photo Journalism from the […]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
Pronouns: she/her/hers My name’s Samantha Veneski, and I just received my Bachelor’s Degree in International Political Science and Sociology, as well as a minor in American Sign Language and French at Flagler College in Saint Augustine FL. Born in the Bronx and raised in the Hudson Valley, I’ve experienced an array of different cultures but none as […]Read More
Pronouns: she/her/hers Sierra has lived in Missoula for thirteen years and got involved with EmpowerMT when she was receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Minor in African-American Studies. Serving as both a practicum student and racial justice intern for the 2018/2019 academic year, Sierra was able to use her passion for social and […]Read More
Pronouns: he/him/his Harper Kushner is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Communication Studies, as well as a minor in American History at the University of Montana. Born in Germany and raised in Montana and Australia, Harper is passionate about the pursuit of social justice and equality to support minorities and at-risk populations. He […]Read More
December 1, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
EPIC stands for the group's values: Empowering People, Inspiring Change. 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.
December 2, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Youth Forward is a way 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 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.
December 3, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
EmpowerMT recognizes that being a student of color in a predominantly white school is a very isolating experience and therefore wants to give BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) youth an opportunity to connect with each other. This group will center around giving students of color an opportunity to feel supported in their racial identity, learn a more racially diverse and inclusive history, and take action against mistreatment and discrimination.