Claire Michelson: Youth Programs Director

Claire Michelson: Youth Programs Director

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Claire was raised by parents who taught her the importance of giving kindness and respect to all people, regardless of any single identity or characteristic. It was growing up through the Missoula schools where she saw the need for more inclusive and empowering environments. Claire was saddened by how many of her peers (including herself) faced oppression and mistreatment, and experienced mental health issues as a result of this. She became an EmpowerMT enthusiast when she joined Respect Club (now EPIC!) back in the sixth grade and found a place that valued her wise, loving attitude and helped her gain confidence and a voice in her community. Claire received her Bachelor’s Degrees at University of Montana in Psychology as well as Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Claire directs all of Empower Montana’s youth work and continues to help other young people (and people of all ages) find their ally skills, passions, and voices.

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