After School Clubs

Empowering youth leadership is a keystone of all EmpowerMT youth programs.  Our after school programs seek to break isolation and build allies across group lines, understand the causes of oppression, strengthen connection to school through mentorship, and increase skills and confidence in diffusing conflict.

Our leadership development after-school programs utilizes best practices, guest speakers, and cutting edge curriculum to explore topics of inequalities and skill development.

To bring our after-school programs to your school or to get more information contact the EmpowerMT office at 406-541-6891 or email our Youth Program staff at info@empowermt.org.

EPIC

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! 

From transitioning to middle school and young adulthood to navigating social relationships and school pressure, and everything in between, grades six through eight are some of the most trying times for young people. Empowering People, Inspiring Change focuses on leadership development and utilizes best practices to empower students to create dialog and youth-led action. EPIC members work together to create more welcoming and inclusive schools and communities for all.

At each weekly EPIC meeting, participants will have time to connect over new and good things happening in their lives, express successes and challenges within their school in regards to inclusion, and explore forms of mistreatment and build advocacy skills through interactive activities and the use of media, guest speakers, and high school peer mentors. Each spring, EPIC also takes part in a community action project honoring youth leadership at EmpowerMT’s annual Diversity Day celebration.

This year EPIC will be moving out of the schools to meet once a week at the EmpowerMT office. We are excited to welcome students from any school to join the group and build connections with each other! EPIC will still be offered for free to our community and snacks will be provided during the group.EPIC will meet on Tuesdays from 4-5:30 pm starting September 24th. The EmpowerMT office is located near the fairgrounds at 2300 Regent Street, Suite 101, Missoula MT 59801. Our staff is prepared to work with each individual young person and caretakers to create individualized transportation plans to and from EPIC.

If you or a young person you know is interested in joining EPIC, please contact our office or visit our registration page!

 

YOUTH FORWARD

Youth Forward is a safe and supportive drop-in space for youth 13-18 who identify as LGBTQ+. Youth Forward takes a  holistic approach to meeting the needs LGBTQ+ youth through weekly activities such as interactive discussions, peer-to-peer support, leadership development, guest speakers, and community engagement.

We explore topics such as Healthy Relationships, LGBTQ+ culture, Youth Empowerment, Healing through Self-Care, Know Your Rights, Exploring the Gender Spectrum, Family and Support, Poetry and Art Projects, Religion and Spirituality, Allyship Skills, Positive Identity Development, and so much more!

Youth Forward will meet every Wednesday from 4:00-6:00pm at Empower Montana located at 2300 Regent suite 101. This time will be consistent throughout the summer, but is subject to change once the school year begins. For more info contact our staff at 406-541-6891 or email info@empowermt.org.

 

BE YOU CREW

Be You Crew is a weekly educational support group and for LGBTQ+ identifying youth and allies between 4th and 7th grade. Be You Crew is a safe space for young LGBTQ+ people to explore and gain confidence in their identities and for non-identifying youth to learn about their LGBTQ+ counterparts and how to effectively be an ally.

Throughout the school year, Be You Crew meets weekly on Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm. This group meets at the EmpowerMT Office located at 2300 Regent Suite 101. For additional information or to learn about Be You Crew’s summer plans, feel free to give us a call at 406-541-6891 or email at info@empowermt.org