About FMT

Building young people power in Big Sky country.

We know politics can be an unfriendly place for most young people. It’s boring, wonky, and feels slimy some of the time. But rather than dipping out, we’re asking our friends to dive in. We believe if more young people vote and advocate civically for public policies that reflect their values, a more supportive climate will be created to advance policies that better their lives and the lives of all Montanans. This change will happen faster if more young Montanans have the leadership skills and training to be effective civic advocates.

 

Building young people power
in Big Sky country.

We know politics can be an unfriendly place for most young people. It’s boring, wonky, and feels slimy some of the time. But rather than dipping out, we’re asking our friends to dive in. We believe if more young people vote and advocate civically for public policies that reflect their values, a more supportive climate will be created to advance policies that better their lives and the lives of all Montanans. This change will happen faster if more young Montanans have the leadership skills and training to be effective civic advocates.

 

Our Theory of Change

If we deepen young Montanans’ 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.
Learn more about our values

How we got our start

Forward Montana was founded in 2004 by a group of passionate students at the University of Montana who felt there were a lot of barriers getting young people involved in politics. Their first fights were at the university and the local level and focused on recycling, renewable energy, sexual assault and tenant rights. We’ve now grown into the largest youth civic engagement organization in Montana, with year-round staff in Billings, Bozeman, and Missoula.

2018 Election Impact Report

In 2018, we had our biggest year -- and our biggest impact -- yet. Check out our 2018 Election Impact Report to learn more about what we did and how we shaped the 2018 electorate. See the impact of our sister organization, Forward Montana Foundation, at forwardmontanafoundation.org.

See the full report.