We Are The Now
This April, we’re hosting our first ever Virtual Youth Leadership Conference!
We’re putting ‘connection’ at the center. This year has forced us to make relationships and meaningful connections in new ways. We’re strong together, and we believe that bringing people into community right now is supremely important.
What is it?
Our virtual conference is designed by and for middle school and high school aged young people, as well as recent graduates and college-aged youth. Unlike our in-person conferences from years past, this event is free to attend!
Happening across two days, the virtual conference flows between community spaces, interactive workshops, and featured keynotes from storied youth leaders here in the state of Maine.
Our interactive workshops and keynote speakers will connect you to other young leaders and to topics that support your passions, advocacy, leadership skills and interests! More information about our workshops and keynote speakers are coming soon! We’re still accepting workshop proposals until Monday, February 22nd! (LINK)
What sorts of workshop topics to expect
Here are some of the topics we’re excited to cover:
- Youth Leadership
- Restorative Practices in Schools
- Black Lives Matter and Anti-racism
- Adolescent Mental Health & Wellness
- Climate Change/Environmental Justice
- Body Positivity
- LGBTQIA+ Supports and Advocacy
- Social Justice
- College and Work Readiness
- school climate (including student voice in education and/or bullying/harassment prevention)
- and issues that impact youth substance use rates.
The conference is also a place for young people to meet like-minded youth and start important conversations. Some community focused workshops will focus on building skills or connections to work already happening that might support young people in their lives such as:
Storytelling through music and art, community driven research, spoken word & poetry, self-care strategies, facilitation skills, public speaking, outdoor adventure, Maine youth organizing efforts and much more!
how to register
To register for the conference, click the button below and fill out the registration form! We’ll send you details for how to log in to the conference a few weeks ahead of time. The first 50 registrants will be mailed a free conference tee shirt!
Virtual conference platform
We’re using Whova to host our conference virtually! It’s a secure virtual conference platform you’ll use to access workshops and keynotes. More info about how to access the platform will be emailed to all registrants. You can either access Whova from an internet browser or download the app on Apple and Android devices. From there you’ll be able to sign up for specific workshops, make your own profile, access the schedule, and start connecting with other participants!