Building off of the November event, NOW: A Youth Action Forum, we are looking to offer workshops that welcome youth attendees to engage in different topics and new virtual communities that support their passions, advocacy, leadership skills and interests.
The conference is designed with young people at the center. Our workshops are a big part of the experience and an opportunity for us to celebrate, promote and learn together! We continue to strive for workshops to be a combination of youth led, youth/adult or adult led spaces.
Do you have an idea or want to share more about your work to young people around the State? If the answer is yes, we would LOVE for you to apply! Whether you are part of a middle school advocacy group or you work for a youth serving organization, please take a look at our application link below! Our Youth planning team have identified a range of topics we hope our workshops will cover and help to inform you on your workshop proposal!
Topics or themes we are seeking for workshops are:
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 a place for young people to meet like minded youth and start important conversations. Workshops could also 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!
Since we’ve all been in more virtual meetings recently than we thought possible, we’re looking for presenters who have interactive and engaging workshop ideas. We hope these workshops will allow young people to build their own unique skillsets as leaders to explore, learn, build positive relationships, and be able to take their learning back home and turn it into action!
Click the button below to send us a workshop proposal! Applications are due by Monday, February 22nd.