Hopa Mountain
Hopa Mountain invests in rural and tribal citizen leaders who are improving education, ecological health, and economic development.

Programs Overview

Our Principal Programs


Training, Mentoring, Networking, Learning


Citizen Leaders

Citizen leaders are members of the community to whom others naturally turn for help. Different terms have been used to describe these individuals, including local community leaders, involved citizens, and active community volunteers. There is a growing recognition of the importance of citizen leaders in underserved communities, many which are home to ethnic and racial minority groups–people who have been historically marginalized from institutionalized education, leadership roles, and cultural, environmental, and health care systems.

Community LEadership Programs

These workshops can be scheduled for your community or staff and board:

  • Strategic Planning Workshop.

  • Creating Boards that Lead: A Discourse on Nonprofit Board Development, Board Operations and Responsibilities.

  • An Introduction to 501c3s & Good Grand Writing.

  • An Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry.

  • An Introduction to LC3 Companies as Tools for Social Change.

Indigenous Scholars of Promise

Indigenous Scholars of Promise is a college preparation program that provides Native American and Latino high school juniors and seniors in Montana with training, mentoring, and support services to help them prepare to apply to the colleges/universities of their choice. ISP scholars have a 3.0 GPA or above and are considering applying to competitive colleges and universities.

Medical Mentorship Program

The Medical Mentorship Program provides minority undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in the field of medicine with mentorship support. The Medical Mentorship Program is offered in partnership with the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI) Regional Medical Education Program.

Native SCience FEllows

Hopa Mountain, Salish Kootenai College, and Blackfeet Community College cooperatively offer an innovative Native Science Fellows program for Native American undergraduate and graduate students to participate in community-based science organizations in an effort to increase their engagement in higher education and geosciences careers.

Native SCience Field Centers

Hopa Mountain works in partnership with the Blackfeet Native Science Field Center at Blackfeet Community College to engage students in environmental science field programs that integrate traditional ways of knowing, Native language and Western science methods. Summer field programs for students and adults and college visits are made possible with support from the National Science Foundations.

Scholars of Promise

Scholars of Promise is a new college preparation program that provides Montana's current and former foster care teens, homeless teens, teens in kinship care with training, mentoring, and support services to help them prepare to apply to the colleges of their choice. A former foster care teen in college may also apply.


Hopa Mountain’s StoryMakers program provides parents of children ages 0-5 with high-quality books and early learning resources to support them as they read, sing, and talk positively with their children every day.

A growing body of research confirms that a strong early-learning home environment predicts children’s success in school. Success in school strongly predicts health and economic self-sufficiency in adulthood.

Strengthening the Circle

Strengthening the Circle aims to build the capacities of experienced and emerging Native-led nonprofit organizations that are working to improve economic development, education, and social services on or near reservations. This Native Nonprofit Leadership Program consists of a four-day workshop for forty executive directors and Board members with follow-up training and technical assistance. 

Youth Leaderships Programs

The Youth Leadership Program offers teens bi-weekly opportunities to strengthen their leadership skills through community services projects and activities such as adventure-based outdoor challenges, local arts and sciences experiences, and self-awareness exercises. The programs also help teens prepare and gain access to resources for college.