Board Candidate 2019 / Voicing Our Values

Sapphire Carter

June 14, 2019

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer

(Rocky Boy’s, MT)

What is your experience with Forward Montana, or our sister organization Forward Montana Foundation, and why is our work important to you?

I strongly believe in Forward Montana’s mission of mobilizing and engaging youth to stand up for Montana and the values we believe in. In 2016, I was honored with Forward Montana’s 25 under 25 award for my commitment to serving my community. Throughout my two years of service with Peace Corps, I have actively followed Forward Montana’s campaigns to keep informed on the latest issues facing young Montanans. Forward Montana’s work is important to me as a young Native American woman, because I know when more youth are engaged in the political process, through effective advocacy and leadership training provided by Forward Montana, our state will reflect our values better.

Why are you interested in joining the Forward Montana Board?

I am interested in joining Forward Montana’s board to ensure that more diverse young voices are brought to the table, shared and heard in Montana’s political process. My main goal as a board member is to expand youth voter turnout, civic engagement and membership in Forward Montana especially among Native populations.

What skills, characteristics, experience, or insight do you have that would be a valuable addition to the board?

I have extensive experience in progressive grassroots organizing from volunteering as a canvasser for Montanans for Free and Fair Elections against initiative LR 126 in the 2014 election to completing a Young People For fellowship with People For the American Way Foundation. As a Peace Corps volunteer I learned the importance of building community partnerships in order to create sustainable change. Because of my identity as a Native American woman I will bring new perspectives and ideas to the board as well.

What experience do you have fundraising, and what is your comfort level with asking for money?

I extremely comfortable with fundraising because of numerous experiences volunteering to make calls for various political campaigns and previous fundraising training providing by Peace Corps.

Being a board member requires a time commitment to meetings, phone calls, occasional events, etc. Will you be able to fulfill these time commitments? Does anything give you pause?

I will be able to fulfill the time commitments.

Good board members invest their time into Forward Montana, are ambassadors for the organization, are familiar with the work of the organization, and are responsive to other board members and staff. How will you go above and beyond being a good board member? How will you be a great board member?

I want Forward Montana to grow, through my role as a board member for Montana by setting realistic and attainable goals for the organization and conquering objectives. By also building more community partnerships, especially with urban Native American alliances and Native Youth Councils, I hope to advocate for Forward Montana’s vision of engaging young Montanans in political process.