Young Montanans are stepping up to create positive change — for ourselves, our communities, and our state. Forward Montana helps our generation come together, speak up, and create the better future we all deserve.

Forward Montana’s Mission

We’re building political power with and for young Montanans. That means empowering everyday folks to get involved and make their voices heard — from registering to vote to running for office, and everything in between. Young people in Montana have big dreams for a better, more sustainable and inclusive future — and we deserve opportunities to make it happen. That’s what Forward Montana is all about.



Forward Montana is a nonprofit dedicated to helping our generation get engaged in the political process and shape policies that reflect the values and opportunities we care about. Our organization is made up of individuals working together to make a difference — because we give a shit.

Voicing our values

Forward Montana advocates around issues affect young people and that young people care about.

We envision a Montana in which:

  • Affordable housing, higher education, and healthcare are accessible and attainable; 
  • Policies reflect a livable climate for all future generations;
  • All Montanans are able to work, live, and play in Montana free of discrimination and harm; and
  • The act of voting is just, fair, accessible, and safe.

Learn more about our values work here:

Voter hub

We make voting accessible. Ballots can be overwhelming and registration deadlines can be confusing. We work to make information digestible, accessible, and make sure everyone has the right to an informed vote. Check out our Voter Hub here:

Forward Montana Foundation

Forward Montana’s sibling organization is Forward Montana Foundation. Forward Montana Foundation is educating, engaging, and organizing young Montanans to shape their democracy to improve their lives and the lives of their fellow Montanans. Learn more here:

Stay in the Loop


2022 Post-Election Statement
Please see the below statement from Kiersten Iwai, Executive Director: Friends– Over …
We’re Hiring: Communications Manager
communications manager Forward Montana (FMT) is seeking a full-time Communications Manager to …

Our Instagram

Forward Montana welcomes you to join us for a festive Community Care and Craft Night in Missoula! Get to know your community while decorating cookies, making small gifts for loved ones or neighbors, and spreading love & care to incarcerated LGBTQIA2S+ folks through holiday card-making in partnership with @missoulablackandpink. All craft supplies and food will be provided!
Join Forward Montana in Billings on Monday 12/12 for a Queer Young Adult Night, Holiday Style! We’ll spend the evening getting to know each other over some cookie decorating, card making/writing and decoration making! Come alone, or bring a friend, either way you’ll get a chance to get to know other queer folks in Billings. Food and bevs provided. RSVP for the location–link in bio!
Today, we just want to say thank you.
As the dust settles from the 2022 election and we anxiously await the start of the legislative session, we thought we'd take a beat and reflect on the work we did this election cycle, our hot takes and lessons learned, and what it all means for the future of Montana.
Today is Native American Heritage Day — a day to celebrate the cultures, traditions, and history of Indigenous peoples while recognizing the many accomplishments, contributions, and sacrifices made in America’s past and present that are too often erased and overlooked.
For many, today is a time of celebration and a day of thanks, but for many others, it is a day of mourning, loss, and a reminder of the genocide of millions of Indigenous people and theft of Native lands.
Every time queer people gather, every time we insist on joy, every space we create alongside one other, is an act of resistance. It shouldn’t be this way.
The results are in! Ultimately, the outcome of the Montana 2022 general election was filled with many stories: historic moments, big wins, and big losses. But we have hope and are ready for what's next. Read our full post-election statement–link in bio.
MISSOULA! Join Forward Montana and @mickeyhaldi for an LGBTQ2S+ Skillshare Workshop on Figure Modeling! Attendees will learn what to expect during figure modeling sessions, practice using their bodies’ unique strengths and shapes to co-create art, and talk through how they can best communicate their needs and boundaries while modeling.

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