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Oct 23, 2015

Maine Youth Unite to Create Healthier Communities

The Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) is hosting its annual MYAN Youth Leadership Summit on Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th at the Augusta Civic Center. This event gathers 200-300 Maine youth in grades 7-12 and their adult advisors to learn about how to be effective leaders in their communities around issues like substance abuse prevention, school climate, challenging bias and racism, healthy relationships, and tobacco prevention. During the two-day Summit, young people and adults will participate in skill-building workshops about leadership development, community engagement, and advocacy, as well as peer networking opportunities, panel discussions, and more.

The Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) is hosting its annual MYAN Youth Leadership Summit on Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th at the Augusta Civic Center. This event gathers 200-300 Maine youth in grades 7-12 and their adult advisors to learn about how to be effective leaders in their communities around issues like substance abuse prevention, school climate, challenging bias and racism, healthy relationships, and tobacco prevention. During the two-day Summit, young people and adults will participate in skill-building workshops about leadership development, community engagement, and advocacy, as well as peer networking opportunities, panel discussions, and more.

 

Young people from across the state play an active role in planning, organizing, hosting, and presenting at the Summit. MYAN’s Host Committee, composed of about 15 youth from across Maine, play an integral part in deciding the content of the conference. The Summit offers young people and their adult partners the chance to gather crucial resources and skills they need to make the change they want to see in their communities. Attending youth groups will leave this event feeling empowered, engaged, and committed to creating lasting social change.

 

This year, Maine Inside Out will provide a performance and discussion at the Summit. In addition, members of the Maine Legislative Youth Caucus will talk with young people about policy issues that impact youth, and participants will have the opportunity to meet with legislators and discuss the best strategies for reaching out to members of the Maine legislature.

 

If you are interested in learning more about the event, please contact Chelsea Schoen at chelsea.schoen@opportunityalliance.org or by phone at 553-5920.

 

MYAN is a program of the Opportunity Alliance (TOA). TOA works with people to build better lives and stronger communities.  We provide advocacy, leadership and support to identify the goals and address the needs of individuals, families and communities.

 

Press Opportunities:

Both youth leaders and MYAN staff will be prepared and available throughout the event for press opportunities! 

MYAN's Youth Leadership Summit is sponsored by the Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine, the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, the Adolescent & School Health Program, and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

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