Present at the 2023 MYAN Youth Leadership Conference
The Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) is seeking presenters for the upcoming annual youth leadership conference!
Each year, approximately 300+ Maine youth leaders from diverse communities gather to build relationships, discuss the issues they are facing, educate themselves about social justice, public health, and equity, and have fun. This conference is a place for young people to meet like-minded youth and start important conversations.
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; explore, learn, and build positive relationships; and be able to take their learning back home to turn it into action!
Table at Our Networking and Opportunities Fair!
We’re also looking for presenters who want to host a table at our Networking & Opportunities Fair. If you are looking to hire young people, have awesome programming you want to share with youth, or are trying to spread your youth group to more schools across Maine, please apply to host a table! Please note that your organization or youth group can both give a workshop and host a table.
Who Should Apply?
Do you have an idea or want to share more about your work with 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, we’d love to have you join us in November.
The Theme for this year’s conference is: “Creating Ties: Connecting Communities Through Conversation” The Youth Leadership Team is seeking engaging, interactive workshops on the following topics:
- Creating spaces of belonging, connection, & action by, with, and for youth
- Student Voice in Education & School Culture
- Bullying Awareness
- Substance Use Prevention Advocacy
- Youth Leadership
- Restorative Practices & Decarceration
- Harm Reduction & Community Care
- College & Work Readiness
- Social Justice
- Anti-Racism Work
- Disability Rights & Awareness
- Climate Crisis & Environmental Justice Advocacy
- Gender and Sexuality Supports + advocacy
- Mental Health & Wellness Advocacy
- Body Positivity Work
Workshops could focus on building skills or connections such as:
Storytelling through music and art, community-driven research, spoken word and poetry, self-care strategies, facilitation skills, public speaking, outdoor adventure, Maine youth organizing efforts, and much more!
A Hybrid Model
This year’s conference is a hybrid model with online and in-person workshops! We hope that this approach allows for access and connection. Please think about whether your workshop is best suited for online or in-person learning.
If you (or another adult or youth group) have an idea for a workshop you’d like to present at the conference, please click the button below to learn more and send us a workshop proposal!