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Girls Leadership Program

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WE BELIEVE IN... Supporting Women in Leadership Roles

In our communities, in our work places, and in our homes.


The Red Ants Pants Foundation Girls Leadership Program is designed to inspire hope for our youth, develop pride in our rural communities, and foster strength and courage in our leadership. The Girls Leadership Program builds highly competent and confident leaders, cultivated specifically to build upon the strength of girls from rural Montana.  Topics include communication, team building, self-awareness, self-care, emotional intelligence, project planning, project management, conflict resolution, and resiliency.


The Red Ants Pants Foundation Girls Leadership Program consists of a cohort of eight girls, eight female mentors and a team of professional facilitators. All participants attend three multi-day retreats throughout the year. Between retreats, participants develop a community leadership project and engage in a one-on-one mentoring designed to provide support, accountability, and assistance as needed.


The Red Ants Pants Foundation Girls Leadership Program participants must be Montana residents entering their junior year of high school, have access to transportation, and be able to attend ALL events. The only expense required by participants is travel to and from each retreat, located in central Montana. If this is a difficulty, stipends may be available for assistance.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Amy Freund, Red Ants Pants Foundation Program Manager at

Before this program, I did not know I had the ability to be a strong leader in my community. I also did not know what an honor it is to be a strong rural woman. I now have the confidence and drive to empower others to make an impact.

-2018 Red Ants Pants Foundation Girls Leadership Participant

Girls Leadership 2023-2024 Program Dates

Application Open:

May 17 – September 13, 2023

Fall Retreat:
Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October 22, 2023

Virtual Training:

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 | 6-7:30 p.m.

Winter Retreat:
Friday, February 2 – Sunday, February 4, 2024

Virtual Training:
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 | 6-7:30 p.m.

Spring Retreat & Graduation:
Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28, 2024

Red Ants Pants Music Festival:
July, 2024 (optional but highly encouraged!)

*Retreat location is 30 minutes north of Bozeman, Montana. All retreats begin with dinner on Friday and conclude with lunch on Sunday*

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Please check out our FAQ page for more detailed information on program logistics.

2023 - 2024 GLP Application opens May 17!

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