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2018 - 2019 Teen Peer-to-Peer Leadership Program

  • American Explorers Basecamp 121 Hyalite Creek Road Emigrant, MT, 59027 (map)


The Montana Racial Equity Project is accepting applications for our first Teen Peer-to-Peer Leadership Program for Montana teens ages 15 through 18. The Program - Advocate to Activate! - is an eleven (11) month long commitment.

Advocate to Activate! is geared towards teens who are established or up-and-coming leaders in their respective communities who want to help reduce the expression of prejudice, bigotry, and racism towards people of color, LGBTQIA, and religious minorities. 

Advocate to Activate! will kick-off with a two and one-half day retreat July 14, 15, and 16, 2018 at American Explorer’s Basecamp in the Paradise Valley between Livingston and Gardiner, Montana. The retreat is the start of an eleven-month program and is for teens 15 through 18 years of age who are in high school in Montana or are rising college students in Montana. 

The retreat will also include an exciting and challenging ropes course under the guidance of a professional expert. The entire Leadership retreat and program is no cost to participants due to generous grant funding from the Montana Community Foundation and the Pride Foundation.

Deadline for Applications is June 21, 2018. We suggest no delays as we will only accept eight to 10 students. Please see the brochure, below, to apply.


When is the kick-off retreat?  July 14 through 16, 2018

Pick up time: Saturday, July 14th @ 9am, Bozeman (specific location TBA)

Drop off time: Monday, July 16th @ 4pm, Bozeman (specific location TBA)

Where will the retreat be held? The Arthur M. Blank Foundation has granted us use of the delightful American Explorers Base Camp located in the Paradise Valley, between Emigrant and Gardiner, MT. It is very close to the private Mountain Sky Guest Ranch.

How and where will the monthly meetings be held?  Monthly meetings will be held virtually and after the initial retreat. The days and times will be decided on by the group in order to make sure that every participant can make the meetings at the same time.

What if I don’t have regular access to a computer or the internet?  We will make sure that the days and time of the monthly meetings occur at a time that you do have access to both.

Who qualifies to be accepted into the Teen Program?  Teens 15 through 18 years who live anywhere in Montana, including reservations. If a rising college freshman, we require that the participant be attending a college/university within Montana. As the mission of MTREP is to advocate equity and justice for historically marginalized, disenfranchised, and oppressed humans, we are particularly committed to a group representing racial diversity, sexual orientation, gender non-conformity, and the religious minorities of Jewish and Muslim. Yes, teens identifying as white, straight, and cis-gender are encouraged to apply, too!

What are some advantages in participating in this program of which I may not have thought?  Besides being a wonderful leadership and growth opportunity that helps one’s fellow humans, acceptance to and participation in this program will be LOVED by college admissions officers!
You will learn, practice, and hone skills that will carry you well through life – communication skills, diplomacy, planning, community organizing, and much more.

What kind of projects the students will be taking on for the year?  They will be projects of their own choosing with advice and counsel from Program staff. Individual project (s) plus a common one. The focus will be on communication and advocacy with peers about the issues they learned about and activating others to advocate as well

More Questions? Call us! (406) 620-6824 or email

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