The Maine Youth Leadership Conference
Conference Date: Nov. 14th and 15th, 2024.
Location: Augusta Civic Center, Augusta Maine
Join other young people from around the state—middle school, high school, and college-aged youth—for two days of workshops, skill-building, and fun activities!
This conference is designed for young people by young people and welcomes adult allies. The MYAN Youth Leadership Conference is a great place to learn and talk about issues and topics that are meaningful to YOU!
Discussion often centers around youth leadership, restorative practices in schools, Black Lives Matter and anti-racism, adolescent mental health & wellness, climate justice, body positivity, LGBTQIA+ support 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 has always been a space for youth from across the state to come together, share their passions, and get the tools they need to achieve their change-making goals. This year, the emphasis remains on meaningful connection and fun! Stay tuned for details on the Maine Youth leadership Conference 2023!
NETWORKING AND PRESENTING WORKSHOPS
If you want to share information or present on an issue, topic, organization, etc., you care about at this year’s conference, we have two options for you to do so!
Network By Tabling at Our Opportunities Fair!
We’re 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.
Present a Workshop – Length: 1 hr
We’re looking for presenters who have interactive and engaging workshop ideas. Workshops typically range from topics like youth leadership & change-making, racial justice, youth activism, storytelling, restorative justice, climate justice, indigenous rights, disability rights, LGBTQ rights, mental health, substance youth prevention, and so much more!
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!
Youths and adults are welcome to apply!
The Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) is seeking volunteers for the upcoming annual leadership conference, on November 13th and 14th!
It takes a community to make the Maine Youth Leadership Conference as fun and impactful as it has been in the past, and volunteers are a huge part of that. Volunteers help various moving parts of the conference run smoothly, from helping youth find their workshop rooms to checking youth in when they walk through the doors, and everything in between.
If you are over 18 and are interested in supporting Maine youth as they learn new skills, connect with peers from across the state, and address issues facing their communities- come volunteer with us!! Fill out the below volunteer application form!
A HYBRID EVENT
To ensure that this conference is accessible to as many young people as possible, this year’s event will be a hybrid virtual and in-person event so that no one misses out on this event! This means there are two options for attending this year’s conference.
Virtual Conference Platform
We will be using Whova again this year so that people can join in the conference physically and virtually!
COVID Vaccination Requirements
COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommended by the Maine Youth Action Network. Currently, no proof of vaccination is required to attend the Conference. We will update this page and communicate with already-registered participants as the situation evolves. Thank you.
Thanks to local partnerships and sponsors, we are excited to offer this year’s conference free of charge for all participants!
Complete and submit the registration form below to join us:
Limited scholarships are available to support transportation and lodging costs for students/groups attending the 2023 Maine Youth Leadership Conference! Funding decisions will be announced in two rounds: October 20th and November 3rd. Apply early, and reach out with questions!
MYAN is still accepting additional sponsorship partners. If your organization would like to help make the Conference accessible to all interested Maine students, please get in touch with us!
- Up to $600 cap per applicant on initial ask; option to increase after second decision date as available.
- Cannot already be receiving funds from MYAN for youth programming