The Conference Creates Community By Gabe O'Brien Growing up in rural Maine, I found that there were very few events that connected communities from around the state; the Maine Youth Leadership Conference, I ... Read More
Reflections from 2022
A Network of Possibilities The Maine Youth Action Network is designed to be a hub of connections and community. Amidst the ripple effect of COVID pandemic impacts, the MYAN team has felt the weight of this vision and recommitted our efforts to realizing it. We are grateful for the many ... Read More
Youth Take Action for Mainers in Recovery
Youth Take Action for Mainers in Recovery Over this past July, the Maine Recovery Advocacy Project brought together a community to support each other, share their stories and learn how to make legislative waves of change regarding substance use and prevention in Maine. At the heart of it, ... Read More
Youth in the Spotlight!
Katie's Making Moves at the Blueberry Harvest School Katie Francis, a seventeen-year-old high school student, has been making the yearly trek from her home of Eskasoni Mi'kmaw Nation, located in Unama'ki (Cape Breton), Nova Scotia, Canada, to the Passamaquoddy blueberry barrens in Downeast, ... Read More
Connection isn’t Complicated: Youth Perspective on Mental Health in Maine
Connection isn’t Complicated: Youth Perspective on Mental Health in Maine The Youth Health Council (or YHC) was formed in the fall of 2021 by youth members from around the state. The team gathered in an effort to create an open and understanding environment where young people could explore their ... Read More
Gateway to Opportunity is Expanding!
Gateway to Opportunity Expansion in 2022: Bringing Innovative Skill-Building Opportunities for Youth to New Communities By Nikki Williams The Gateway to Opportunity (G2O) program launched in 2016 as a pilot through a partnership between ... Read More
Are You Talking About the News?
Are You Talking About the News? Discussing current events is challenging. Many of us wrestle with how best to engage in conversation around difficult news. In the age of information, there is no shortage of contradictory "hot takes" and perspectives. Where do you get your news? Who do you ... Read More
The 2021 MYAN Annual Report is here!
We are thrilled to present... The 2021 MYAN Annual Report! An annual report reflects just a few of the innumerable successes which occur during the year. Although we could not feature every example of great youth-adult collaboration and community building here, the MYAN team is so grateful for ... Read More
When Community Supports Recovery, there is Hope
When Community Supports Recovery, there is Hope by Maggie Allen As someone with a family background of substance use disorder, working with my community to educate and support others dealing with or affected by addiction is very important to me. I’m still in high school, but I’ve been ... Read More
New Leaders for the New Age
New Leaders for the New Age by Lauren Lindenbaum In a moment dominated by controversy and division, it’s easy to lose faith in the idea of a brighter future. That is certainly how I was feeling prior to stepping into the Collins Center at University of Maine’s Campus on Day 1 of Maine’s ... Read More