Empowering youth leadership is a keystone of all Empower Montana 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 mentorships, and increase skills and confidence in diffusing conflict.
Our leadership development after school programs EPIC and B-RAD utilize 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 get more information contact the EmpowerMT office at 406-541-6891 or email our Youth Program staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
aka Empowering People, Inspiring Change
From transitioning to middle school and young adulthood to navigating social relationships and school pressure, and everything in between, grades four through eight are some of the most trying times for young people. Empowering People, Inspiring Change aka EPIC is an after-school leadership development program that utilizes best practices to empower students to create dialog and youth-led action. EPIC members work together to create more welcoming and inclusive schools for all students. EPIC provides a safe space for the most vulnerable populations in the school while breaking their isolation, building alliances and friendships across group lines, and developing their esteem and leadership skills.
EmpowerMT believes that safe communities start with safe schools and supported, empowered young people. EPIC is currently offered at Lowell and Hawthorne Elementary Schools and CS Porter and Washington Middle Schools in partnership with the Flagship Program and at Russell Elementary and Meadow Hill Middle School through partnership with Missoula County Public Schools.
aka Boys Respecting All Diversity
Boys’ feelings and needs often get ignored, dismissed or shut down resulting in punishment, shame, and little to no support. The culmination of these misunderstandings, messages, and lack of space, pushes boys to act out as agents of oppression and violence. B-RAD seeks to break these cycles by offering boys a strength-based, fun approach to explore the pressures and messages that come with being male in our society.
B – RAD is currently being run at Hawthorne Elementary and will be piloted at Big Sky High School during the 2016-17 academic year.