Since 1980, Maine Youth Leadership (MYL) has worked with Maine youth to seek out, recognize, and develop their leadership skills. Our goal is to motivate Maine’s future leaders and create a network of civic-minded students who will better their communities through volunteering. Our programs encourage and assist students at critical times in their quest for self-identification and development and we provide give-and-take discussions with thought leaders and role models from across Maine society.
Each year more than 120 high school sophomores from all across Maine are invited to participate in this energetic event designed to develop personal leadership skills. Local leaders and decision-makers donate their time and expertise to our seminar program. Senator Angus King, Survivor winner Bob Crowley, and comedian/motivational speaker Bill Picard are just a few of the talented presenters; students also partake in group decision-making exercises, public speaking opportunities, creative problem solving, and hands-on volunteer projects. A dance and talent show are two of the social activities where students have an opportunity to make lasting friendships with their peers.
Each fall we send notices to all accredited high schools in Maine by email and invite the guidance counselor or principal to nominate a sophomore student to our spring seminar. Each school determines its own selection criteria and interest. Once a student is nominated by their school and we receive their complete nomination form, we mail a registration packed to confirm their participation. Schools are also asked to nominate an alternate student.