Young Leaders Series 2022

Are you a young person looking to build leadership skills and connect with other young leaders?

Join us for our 2022 Young Leaders Series, featuring four virtual, interactive sessions exploring key aspects of leadership.

The 4-week series will offer participants the opportunity to actively take part in each discussion and also leave the sessions with a peer-reviewed action plan for creating change in their own communities.

Each workshop will build off of the previous one, so we encourage you to take part in all four sessions.

Sessions are open to all high school and college students, as well as recent graduates.

Register today!


Session Dates and Topics

Mondays, 4:00-6:00PM

  • Monday, Feb. 7 – Session 1: Island Institute Leadership Framework
    Session 1 will dive deep into the Island Institute’s leadership framework, focusing on our self-concepts as leaders and providing time to engage in conversations with other young leaders.
  • Monday, Feb. 14 – Session 2: Entrepreneurial Skills
    In Session 2, several entrepreneurs and participants will explore together the human skills that help grow an idea into a thriving business based on our panelists’ experiences of starting businesses in their teens and twenties in Maine.
  • Monday, Feb. 28 – Session 3: Civic Engagement – From Activism to Action
    Session 3engages Maine-based community change-makers to explore the many avenues one might take to engage in civic engagement and advocacy activities based on one’s interests, values, and strengths.
  • Monday, March 7 – Session 4: Engaging Municipal Leaders
    In Session 4, we meet municipal leaders and as a group explores what it means to engage deeply and how we might serve the communities we are a part of.


Supplemental Sessions (optional)

Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00PM

In addition to the main sessions, individuals can participate in a working group that will be workshopping leadership narratives to be shared with a larger audience at the end of the conference. In this way, participants are able to explore and polish their own leadership narrative for self-development and to share with their communities.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 9 – Leadership narrative workshop, Part 1
  • Wednesday, Feb. 16 – Leadership narrative workshop, Part 2
  • Wednesday, March 2 – Leadership narrative workshop, Part 3
  • Wednesday, March 9 – Leadership narrative share out


Additional Details

Sessions are open to all high school and college students, as well as recent graduates, and will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on four Mondays from February 7th to March 7th. There will be a break the third week of February to coincide with most high schools’ winter break schedules.

Peer mentoring opportunities will also be available following the sessions.