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.
Sessions are open to all high school and college students, as well as recent graduates. Each workshop will build off of the previous one, so we encourage you to take part in all four sessions if possible.
Session Dates and Topics | Mondays 4-6 PM
Monday, February 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, February 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.
- Alicia Gaiero, owner of Nauti Sisters Sea Farm
- Sara Rademaker, owner of American Unagi
- Skye Washington, owner of Skye Fitness
- Guy Manirambona, owner of Manir Print and Design
Monday, February 28
Session 3: Civic Engagement – From Activism to Action
Session 3 engages Maine-based community changemakers to explore the many avenues one might take to engage in civic engagement and advocacy activities based on one’s interests, values, and strengths.
- Sirohi Kumar, founding member of the Climate Emergency Action Coalition
- Anna Siegel, Portland student, climate justice activist, and a core member of Maine Youth for Climate Justice
- Amara Ifeji, director of youth engagement and policy for the Maine Environmental Education Association
Monday, March 7
Session 4: Engaging Municipal Leaders
In Session 4, we meet Maine municipal leaders to explore what it means to engage deeply in the issues we care about and how we can serve the communities we are a part of.
- Sarah Brake, selectboard member, Town of Frenchboro
- Kate Dufour, director of advocacy and communications, Maine Municipal Association
- Kat Alexander, core member, North Haven Collective
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.