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Mar 20, 2017

Maine Youth Lead the Way to Healthier Communities

The Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) is hosting its annual Youth Leadership Conference on Wednesday, March 29th and Thursday, March 30th at the Bangor Cross Insurance Center.

The Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) is hosting its annual Youth Leadership Conference on Wednesday, March 29th and Thursday, March 30th at the Bangor Cross Insurance Center. This event will gather over 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 youth substance use prevention, school climate, challenging bias and racism, healthy relationships, adolescent mental health, and commercial tobacco use prevention. During the two-day Conference, 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 of many demographics from across our state play an active role in planning, organizing, hosting, and presenting at the Conference. This year, participants will be coming from every Maine county, as well as from all five of Maine's tribal communities. Our Youth Planning Team, composed of 12 youth from across Maine, play an integral part in deciding the content of the Conference. The Conference offers young people and their adult allies 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 at the Conference we will hear a selection of powerful poetry recorded by Maine Inside Out, as well as a performance by the Freeport High School Chamber Choir. In addition, members of the Maine Legislature 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 Nicole Manganelli at nicole.manganelli@opportunityalliance.org or by phone at 553-5916.

 

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

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