Youth Leaders: Create Positive Change in Your Community!

myanMaine Family Planning believes that young people deserve accurate, non-judgmental information about reproductive health, sexuality, and their own bodies. That’s why it’s so important that our clinics offer confidential, affordable services to teens, and that MaineTeenHealth.org and AskMTH (our anonymous, free Q&A service) offer accurate, non-judgmental information. We really enjoy working with young people, and we’ve seen the difference that they can make in their communities, schools, and in the state of Maine. 

This month’s Community Spotlight highlights the Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN)’s Annual Youth Leadership Summit, where young people (and adults who work with them) can gain the skills and knowledge they’ll need to create healthier communities. MYAN’s mission is to partner with youth to create change in their communities; this week, we talked with them about the summit so that we could pass this opportunity along to the teens and adults who are engaged in the work of Maine Family Planning.

What is the Maine Youth Leadership Summit?  

The Maine Youth Leadership Summit is a two-day event that gathers youth and adult advisors who are interested in creating positive change. Approximately 300 youth and adults from Maine (and beyond) attend each year. The Summit provides opportunities for youth to grow as leaders and advocates, to build stronger youth-adult teams, and to learn about the health issues that matter most to them. Attending youth groups leave the event feeling empowered, engaged, and committed to their plans for making lasting and measurable changes in their communities.

When is it? Where is it?

October 27th and 28th, 2014 at the Augusta Civic Center.

Who should attend?

Young people in 7th – 12th grade who are working to create change in their schools and communities should attend. We also welcome adults who regularly partner with youth to make a difference in Maine and beyond.

Why should young people who are interested in sexual health and reproductive justice consider attending the summit?  What will they learn?

The event not only inspires, motivates, and increases youth awareness so that they can make healthier decisions for themselves, but also builds participants’ leadership and advocacy skills to empower youth to create healthier and stronger communities. In addition to skill-building workshops on youth leadership, team building, and youth-adult partnership, MYAN also offers topic-focused workshops on issues that are important to teens, including sexual health, teen pregnancy, dating violence, and LGBT issues. This event is an opportunity for young people to develop themselves as leaders, to learn about the issues that matter most to them, and most importantly, it gives young people the tools they need to create change.

Where can I get more information?

Registration closes on Monday, October 6th, so don’t wait– check out the Summit website to register or to get more information!

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Community Spotlights highlight Maine Family Planning’s partnerships with other organizations. These partnerships are crucial to the care our patients receive, and help increase access to reproductive health services in Maine.

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