What We Do
Forward Wyoming’s Story
Our organization started out as a team of young people from around the state of Wyoming that got sick of the status quo. We realized that there was no one getting the average citizen involved in the political process which meant our voices were being ignored.
So we did something about it.
Seeing that the average citizen had very limited paths for getting involved in the political process at the grassroots level, Forward Wyoming was launched with the goal of reinvigorating the political culture and fostering a more representative, responsive government. Without talented people who know how to effect real change, Forward Wyoming started the Grassroots Institute to give young people the skills necessary for transforming the system.
Now we advocate for a better, stronger, and fairer state through grassroots organizing centered around getting people directly involved in the political process. Our office is located in Southeastern Wyoming, the seat of higher education and state government, Forward Wyoming is continuously broadening its reach to communities throughout all of Wyoming.
Forward Wyoming is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to engaging, educating, and training a new generation of active citizens and young leaders to help make Wyoming a better place to live. Participants at FW’s Grassroots Institute learn skills that last a lifetime: issue-based advocacy, the nuts and bolts of campaign management, framing and communicating about the issues, and organizing local efforts to improve Wyoming communities. Giving inspiring leaders hands-on experiential education in the field of organizing is absolutely critical if we are going to see Wyoming move forward.
At Forward Wyoming, we champion evidence-based policy ideas aimed at improving the quality of life in Wyoming. We stand up for the interests of Wyoming people and the generations that follow.
- Equitable and fair workplaces and wages for all workers, free of gender bias and discrimination
- Communities in which all people including women and minorities feel safe, empowered, and represented at every level of government
- Developing a political culture of cooperation rather than divisiveness by ensuring that the health, education, and economic security of Wyoming people is the highest priority.
- Increasing voter registration and turnout so that more Wyomingites participate in the political process.
- Preserving Wyoming’s natural outdoor heritage by keeping public lands in public hands is vital to maintaining Wyoming’s unique character. We aim to protect the Wyoming way of life enjoyed by outdoor recreation enthusiasts in the state, and the millions of tourists who annually visit Wyoming to enjoy the pristine beauty of the natural world.
- Wyoming children regardless of socio-economic background should start life on a level playing field with access to high quality early childhood education, K-12 education, STEM and outdoor education opportunities, and affordable health care.
- A juvenile justice system that focuses on lower-cost, evidence-based restorative justice programs proven to reduce recidivism and rehabilitate youth, programs that prepare youth to rejoin society as productive citizens.