One of our greatest rewards at Hopa Mountain is serving citizen leaders in our rural and tribal communities. We appreciate everything these remarkable citizens do throughout the Northern Rockies to improve education, ecological health, and economic development.
In 2012, Hopa Mountain’s staff members were able to invest in hundreds of rural and tribal citizen leaders who are improving education, ecological health, and economic development and served more than 15,000 children through our cradle to college education initiatives. It is an exciting time and this is important work as rural and tribal citizen leaders are strengthening community self-reliance, livable wage jobs, education, and services.
Some of the highlights from our year included:
Launching Indigenous Scholars of Promise to help high-achieving high school juniors and seniors prepare for college. Hopa Mountain staff are currently piloting this initiative with 20 students on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne reservations. All of our graduating seniors were able to gain scholarships to selective universities. It is our dream to expand this program to serve more students throughout Montana in the year ahead.
Hopa Mountain’s StoryMakers program provided low-income parents of children ages 0-5 with books and early literacy resources to support them in creating a rich home learning environment. StoryMakers now serves 9,500 low resource children and their families in 33 communities and all 7 Indian reservations in Montana. Through Community Teams of local citizen leaders, StoryMakers encourages parents to read and tell stories every day to their preschool children, beginning the first day of their children’s lives.
Please consider a gift this holiday season to Hopa Mountain that will enable us to sustain and expand the support citizen leaders need — to provide parents with early reading resources, develop after school science education programs for teens, support innovative citizen leader projects, and build stronger nonprofit organizations. You can donate online at http://www.hopamountain.org/donate.php Your generosity will ignite hope in others. Thank you.