Bringing together and growing civic leaders for a day of skill building and connection.
Are you a young person who is making change in your community? Do you want to build your organizing or advocacy skills? Curious about how to engage more young people in your community in voting? Join us! Educators are welcome! Students are welcome! Young people from across Maine are welcome!
October 6, 2023
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Kennebec Valley Community College | Alfond Campus
What actually happens?
- Workshops to build civic leadership skills — organizing, advocacy, public speaking, and more!
- Learn about Maine's local government
- Hear from Secretary of State Bellow and other elected officials
9:00 AM Get checked in!
Explore the community organizations that are sharing their work at tables in Woodlee. Make your way to Moody for the opening!
9:30 -10:30 AM Opening
Hear from the Youth Planning Team Members and listen to our keynote speakers.
— 15 minute break —
10:45-11:45 AM Workshop Session 1
- How to Write Testimony & Talk to Your Legislatures - LWVME’s Youth Council
- Engaging Youth in Community Election Work - Youthwork Makes the Boothwork
- Constitutional Amendments: Exploring Question 6 - Wabanaki Alliance
- Teaching Staff - Increasing Civic Leadership & Student Voting - Maine Student Vote
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch and networking.
1:00-1:45 PM Panel Discussion - Justice & Equity Work Across Maine
Hear from elected officials across Maine’s government about how justice and equity intersect with their day-to-day work. Ask questions and dive into the details of what changemaking looks like in practice.
— 15 minute break —
2:00-3:00 PM Workshop Session 2
- Transformational Justice: A Different Approach to Harm & Conflict - Youth-Led Justice
- The Future of Trans Liberation in Maine - Maine TransNet
- Relational Organizing 101 - League of Women Voters of Maine
- Find Your Own Voice: Climate Organizing with Rural Youth - JustME for JustUS