EmpowerMT is committed to developing youth leaders and values creating authentic representation of our constituencies at all levels of the organization. In order to achieve these objectives EmpowerMT established their Youth Advisory Council. EmpowerMT youth programs participants, volunteers, and staff select outstanding youth from all of EmpowerMT’s programs with diverse backgrounds and experiences to […]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
pronouns: any pronouns My name is Samara Timm. When I started with Empower Montana through Youth Forward, our program for LGBTQ+ high schoolers, I was in a deep depression and had horrible anxiety. Going to Youth Forward and trying to talk to people who really understood me started to slowly lessen my anxiety. It was […]Read More
pronouns: she/her/hers Hi, My name is Sylvie Aganoti Tower. I have been with EmpowerMT for three years now. Middle school proved a challenge, I was frequently bullied and ridiculed for having dark skin and curly hair. I found refuge in EPIC, Empowering People, Inspiring Change, a group for middle school students raising awareness on diversity […]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.