Diversity Day

Watch the 2021 Virtual Diversity Day Celebration on

April 10th, 2021, from 6 – 7:30 pm Here!

A History:

Empowering youth leadership is central to the mission of EmpowerMT. On April 12, 2010, Missoula’s city council passed a non-discrimination ordinance protecting community members from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. EPIC, EmpowerMT’s afterschool leadership development program for 4th-8th grade students, played a crucial role in passing the ordinance. This group proposed an annual day of celebration and recognition of all that makes Garden City vibrant and unique. The city officially proclaimed Diversity Day. On the second Saturday of April, hundreds of Missoulians come together to show their commitment to making our city inclusive and welcoming for all.

Diversity Day offers a unique experience for local young people to get involved and have a voice in every facet of the event – visioning, planning, coordinating, and performing. Each year features an eclectic mix of youth talent and performances ranging from song, dance, video, spoken word, and a headliner, all-around a “Diverse City” theme.

To nominate youth performers, please email our Youth Programs staff at Youth@empowermt.org

This annual celebration is every April and is always a free, family-friendly event.  We hope to see you there!

Youth Lead Now awards:

In 2019, we created the Youth Lead Now Awards to celebrate Youth leadership and activism in Montana. EmpowerMT’s Youth Advisory Council is looking for someone that regularly works to create positive change within their community, is a positive role model to others, and healthily models youth leadership. They need to be in Montana but can be outside of Missoula, and anyone under the age of 19 is eligible.  Nominations are due by March 7, 2021. 

Please fill out this form to nominate a young person that you believe has contributed to their community. https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/9MX1xraMOniVmD8OO9oNJA 


This year marks the 12th year that Missoula has had a community celebration celebrating youth leadership and the passing of the nondiscrimination ordinance. Your donation supports the important time of community members, youth leaders, and EmpowerMT staff to organize and coordinate the event and cover the cost of hosting and providing the event free to the Missoula community. You can donate here: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/fmC3NdUrFHHD5S_MP5TZxg 

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This annual celebration is every April and is always a free, family-friendly event.  We hope to see you there!