Get ready for the 2022 Maine Youth Leadership Conference!
This year’s conference will yet again be held at the University of Maine in Orono, on November 3rd and 4th. We’re so excited to have yet another opportunity to meet so many amazing people, learn, grow, and get to hear from young people and presenters alike as they share their wisdom and experiences.
How can you get involved in the Maine Youth Leadership Conference?
The Maine Youth Leadership Conference is built with YOU. Get on the list and learn how YOU can get involved.
We are also hiring program facilitators! If you have a high school diploma, experience partnering with young people, and love to facilitate please complete an application for this part-time role with the MYAN team!
Maine Youth Leadership Conference
The Maine Youth Leadership Conference celebrates the work young people do in their communities and connects and inspires emerging young leaders looking to do the same. Young people are tired of being told they’re the future—they’re here, and they are the now.
The annual conference is two-day gathering of Maine youth from all over the state. Each year, over 300 youth leaders, adult allies, educators and community members come together to build their leadership skills and connect with other committed youth. Young people will have the chance to hear from inspiring guest speakers, participate in a community night that’s all about them, Reflect on their work, relax in designated quiet spaces, meet and mingle with college employees and learn about exciting job programs in their area.
For over 10 years, we have provided a stage for youth change-makers to showcase the work they are doing and to connect with other young leaders who are similarly working to create healthier and more equitable communities. The conference is a unique opportunity for young people to create their own statewide network of youth leaders.
By Young People For Young People
The Conference is an energizing youth-centered event elevating the creativity, culture and wisdom of young people. Attendees are immersed in a community of change-makers—young people who are mobilizing on the issues they care about. The MYAN team strives to create a youth-centered space that feels inclusive, engaging and meaningful to the diverse experiences and perspectives of the young people who attend.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Conference provides many different avenues for youth (and adults) to expand their toolkits on topics of social justice, racial justice, substance use prevention, public health, college readiness, youth advocacy, climate justice and community organizing!
- Connect with fellow emerging young leaders from all over Maine
- Attend interactive workshops presented by young people and adult allies (or present your own!)
- Reinforce your leadership and advocacy skills
- Participate in open dialogues on topics like social justice, substance use prevention, mental health, LGBTQ+ advocacy, climate change and more!
- Join team building games and other activities
- Deepen your understanding of the experiences of peers and fellow students
- Create community art projects
- Record podcasts with other young people
- And More!
Who should attend?
The conference is a space for young people in Maine to connect about making a difference in their community, school, country, or the world. It also welcomes young people who are passionate about an issue such as social justice, racial equity, access to mental health care, climate change, LGBTQ advocacy or substance use prevention. The conference is a place for young people to meet like minded youth and start important conversations. The YLC is open to all middle and high-school aged young people currently living in Maine.
Adult allies and advisers – who attend with their groups – are also welcome to attend and participate in adult-specific workshops and networking.
Listen to what attendees had to say about past conferences
The Youth Leadership Team interviewed dozens of people at the 2019 conference and put together a podcast of youth and adult voices. Click below to hear some of their experiences and hopes for the future.
What the conference looks/feels like
The conference is abuzz with games, activities and laughter. Take a look at the photos from a past conference!
What you’ll do
- Discover your leadership abilities and get inspired to use them
- Build friendships with other young leaders from across Maine
- Participate in community dialogues
- Learn about exciting projects making a difference in Maine
- Build a network of allies for future collaboration