The 2021 Montana Summer Institute

Publication Date: Apr 13, 2021

The Montana Summer Institute 2021:

Transform Community Norms & Narratives with the Science of the Positive


a summer-long remote training series

KEYNOTE KICKOFF: June 22-24, 2021

WEEKLY WORKSHOPS: July through September 2021

YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY: June 30th, July 14th & August 5th

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It's time to tell a new story about community health.

One that focuses on community strengths and protective factors. One that promotes health instead of risk, and communicates hope instead of fear. One that's guided by what we want to grow instead of what we want to prevent.


Join us this summer to learn how to improve health, increase engagement, and transform community norms. You can participate from anywhere: your office, outside on your deck, or even from the comfort of your couch. Get ready to re-wire the way you gather your data, select your strategies, and connect with those you want to reach. You’ll get hands-on training in messaging and outreach approaches that transform norms and narratives.


Keynote Kickoff: June 22nd – 24th, 2021


We will kick off our summer of virtual learning on June 22nd, 23rd and 24th, with two 75-minute keynotes each day at 11am and 2pm CT. Expect presentations on the Science of the Positive, Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences, The Positive and Social Equity, and more. See the agenda online!


Weekly Workshops: Eight Summer Thursdays

These hour-long virtual sessions will be held Thursdays at noon from July 1 through August 5, and pick up again for two weeks in September. (We are saving most of August for canoeing, camping, and relaxing!) These sessions will dive deep into topics including hearing and steering community conversations, PCN as an evidence-based practice, and putting HOPE into action in classrooms and communities. Grab a sandwich or a latte and get ready to expand your understanding of how to use the Positive to create change in your community.


Youth Leadership Academy: June 30th, July 14th & August 5th

We are excited to offer our first-ever Science of the Positive Youth Leadership Academy! This three-part series for youth ages 14-18 will culminate in a presentation during the August 5th Weekly Workshop. The 90-minute sessions will focus on Connecting with Your Why, The Power of Perceptions, and Balancing Hope with Concern. The Leadership Academy sessions will be held June 30th at 12:00pm CT, July 14th at 12:00pm CT, and August 5th at 11:30am CT, with a final presentation to begin at 12:30pm CT that same day.


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