The Heart of the Youth Leadership Conference
The Youth Planning Team is a group of committed high school aged students from across Maine who bring their individual knowledge and experiences to create a dynamic conference for emerging young leaders from around the state. They determine the design, theme and course of the entire conference.
What’s it All About?
Each year, the annual two-day Youth Leadership Conference brings together over 300 youth leaders, adult allies, and community members. It’s a space that promotes the creativity, culture, and wisdom of young people, showcasing youth-driven action and providing meaningful opportunities for young people and adults to learn from one another.
Members of the Youth Planning Team will discover a community of young people from all over Maine who are passionate about making change and uplifting the voices of their peers. The Team’s purpose is to build relationships, leadership, and organizing skills to create a Youth Leadership Conference that centers on youth voice and provides opportunities to meaningfully connect. Together, they will play a central role in the design and hosting of this incredible event!
Meet the 2020 Youth Planning Team Members!
Jayden Fournier: Hi, my name is Jayden Fournier and I’m a freshman at Caribou High School. I enjoy playing golf, tennis, and games with my family. I believe that today’s youth can have just as much effect on the future as the adults of today. One thing that I think adults overlook is the mental state of teens. With that, I think that we should work together and engage in more productive ways of getting the government’s attention to make our voices heard.
What Does The YPT Do?
Over the course of 8-months, the Youth Planning Team will work collaboratively on multiple aspects of our 2-day Youth Leadership Conference: Identifying presenters, recruitment & outreach support, creating facilitation guides for “Home Teams,” and more. During the event, the YPT will take on many roles, such as speech writing, public speaking opportunities, photographing the event, dialogue sessions, hosting Podcast sessions and leading team-building activities.