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Hopa Mountain

Hopa Mountain is a Bozeman-based nonprofit organization that invests in rural and tribal citizen leaders, adults and youth, who are working to improve education, ecological health, and economic development.


Hopa Mountain has six principal programs:

1. Hopa Mountain StoryMakers: Working through diverse local Community Teams in rural and tribal Montana communities, StoryMakers offers parents of 11,000+ children 0-5 books, resources, support, and networks to build strong early learning home environments that give their children the best chances for success when they enter school and overall wellbeing throughout their lives.

2. Scholars of Promise programs that provide college support services to Native American, Latino, and foster care youth. Health Scholars of Promise invests in rural and tribal teens interested in pursuing a health degree. Scholars receive support services through college graduation.

3. Native Science Fellowships help teens, tribal college, university and graduate students in Montana prepare for and earn geosciences degrees.

4. Strengthening the Circle - Native Nonprofit Leadership Program: This program supports Native-led nonprofit Executive Directors and Board members throughout the Northern Rockies with resources, technical support, and networks as they develop and strengthen vital community programs.

5. Local Food for Local Families Through training and technical assistance initiatives, staff provide support to local food producers and rural and tribal food pantries to help expand their marketing and support services.

6. Through Citizen Leadership/Nonprofit Leadership Training/Affiliate Programs, Hopa Mountain staff offer training programs in Board development, strategic planning, and 501c3 application development along with fiscal sponsorship services. Affiliates include Collin’s Coalition and Fierce Women Warriors.

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