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.

As we approach a school year that is unlike any other we have experienced, EmpowerMT remains committed to supporting and empowering young people through the continuation of after school programs that will now be offered virtually. EmpowerMT believes that safe communities start with safe schools and supported, empowered, young people. These afterschool programs are free to the community.  For the 2020-2021 school year, EmpowerMT is excited to offer our afterschool programs

EPIC

Empowering People, Inspiring Change

EPIC stands for 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. Epic meets each Tuesday afternoon from 4-5 pm starting September 22, 2020.

 

Youth Forward & Be You Crew

The mission of Youth Forward (ages 13-19) & Be You Crew (Ages 9-14) is to provide a safe and supportive space for LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit youth to connect with peers, discuss issues relevant to their lives, explore identity through an intersectional lens, and learn more about the ever-expanding LGBTQ+, Two-Spirit, & Gender diverse community. This space and the connections made within Youth Forward & Be You Crew are intended to empower and support queer youth leadership. Youth Forward meets each Wednesday afternoon from 5-6pm starting September 23, 2020.  Be You Crew meets once a month during our Youth Forward meetings as a part of our Queer peer leadership/mentoring model. Be You Crew meetings will begin in October 2020. 

 

BIPOC

EmpowerMT will be offering a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) youth group.  We recognize that being a student of color in predominantly white schools is a very isolating experience and therefore wants to give BIPOC youth an opportunity to connect with each other. This group will give 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. This group will meet each Thursday from 4-5 pm starting September 24, 2020. 


Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

(Must receive nomination letter to sigh up.) EmpowerMT is committed to developing youth leaders and values creating an authentic representation of our constituencies at all levels of the organization. In order to achieve these objectives, EmpowerMT established its 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 create the perfect team each year.  The Youth Advisory Council is composed of students from ages 10-21 to ensure a diverse range of expertise.

With our transition to virtual programming, EmpowerMT welcomes the opportunity to renew our commitment to building creative and collaborative spaces for young people to connect, learn, and grow as leaders and builders of more just and inclusive communities.  Sign up for after school programs here.