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Oct 24, 2014

Maine Youth Unite to Create Healthier Communities

MYAN Maine (Maine Youth Action Network) holds its annual Youth Leadership Summit on October 27th and 28th at the Augusta Civic Center. This annual two-day event gathers youth in grades 7 through 12 from across the state along with their adult partners so that they can work together to create positive change in our communities. The Summit includes workshops on leadership and advocacy skill building, networking, and fun activities. This year, 250 youth will attend. The event will help them to find their voice so that they can make an impact in their communities.  

MYAN Maine (Maine Youth Action Network) holds its annual Youth Leadership Summit on October 27th and 28th at the Augusta Civic Center. This annual two-day event gathers youth in grades 7 through 12 from across the state along with their adult partners so that they can work together to create positive change in our communities. The Summit includes workshops on leadership and advocacy skill building, networking, and fun activities. This year, 250 youth will attend. The event will help them to find their voice so that they can make an impact in their communities. 

The Youth Leadership Summit is tailored to meet the needs of all participants by providing them opportunities to build stronger teams, grow as leaders and advocates, and learn about the health & wellness issues that matter most to them. Attending youth groups will leave this event feeling empowered, engaged, and committed to their plans for making lasting and measurable changes in their communities. Youth will learn about tobacco, underage drinking, problem gambling and gaming, and other health topics while also gaining leadership and advocacy skills to create lasting change on issues important to them.  Members of the Maine Legislative Youth Caucus (legislators under 30 who care about policy issues that impact youth) are going to talk about the importance of sharing one’s voice as a young person and teach youth how to connect with their legislators. The majority of the Summit’s workshops and presentations are co-facilitated or lead by middle and high school aged youth. Youth even helped in the planning of the Summit and will host the event as emcees.

The Summit kicks off with a keynote speech by 9th grader Nick Powers. Nick has been a youth leader in MYAN programs for two years and he’s done a lot of work to increase awareness among his peers and school staff about bullying and school climate. He will speak about how each of us can use our voices to make an impact in our communities.

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