We know politics can be an unfriendly place for most young people. It’s boring, wonky, and feels slimey some of the time. But rather than dip out, we’re asking our friends to dive in.

If we deepen young Montanan’s culture of civic engagement and build the knowledge, skills, and leadership of young Montanans who reflect the diversity of our state to create change in their communities, more young people will become lifetime voters and activists, run for and win public office, and advance issues and conversations that address the complex challenges facing young Montanans today and tomorrow.

GROW YOUR SKILLZ

The Williams’ Effect Weekend

Every year, Forward Montana Foundation holds The Williams Effect weekend, named for Carol and Pat Williams and created to celebrate their years of public service. During this annual event, we honor 25 young Montanans who are putting in the work in their communities to make this state a better, more equitable place for all….

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High School Programs

Have a voice before you vote.

Voting isn’t our only tool in our civic toolbox! We all have a voice we can use to create change in our communities even if we’re not old enough to vote.  High school students across Montana are generators of amazing movements – organizing marches, getting problematic school policies changed, forming networks of young activists across…

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Internships

Join the Squad

Ask anyone–our internships are where the most kick-ass organizers are made. Through hands-on field experience and in-class lessons,  you will learn all you need to know to make our world a better place. You won’t be grabbing coffee or making copies; you’ll be leading teams of volunteers, planning educational events, and making change in your…

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