In 2017, the Montana Chamber Foundation brought to Montana Empowered, a nationally recognized program that develops employability traits and instills economic and entrepreneurial principles in our future workforce.
In Montana, Empowered has grown from 4 schools in 6 communities to 126 educators in 84 schools across 78 communities.
Ninety-six percent of teachers have seen evidence of transformational character-building in their Empowered students.
Eighty-eight percent of teachers reported their Empowered students gaining a greater sense of confidence through the program.
Empowered helps students develop the soft skills—such as creativity, focus mastery, and a growth mindset—that Montana businesses have told us they’re looking for in potential employees.
Through Empowered, students also are encouraged to develop their own business ideas and compete in a national competition for cash prizes.
Formerly known as Youth Entrepreneurs, the name change came about to include all teachers, not just those teaching entrepreneurship. The program is the same, but the desire is to empower all teachers and their students through using the Empowered curriculum. The curriculum includes soft skills, entrepreneurial mindset, positive classroom culture, and more.