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Maine Youth Action Network

The Maine Youth Action Network strategically collaborates, convenes, and partners to build young people’s leadership on issues of social justice, restorative practices, and public health. MYAN strives to increase the capacity of adults, organizations, and systems to use positive youth development and social-emotional learning principles in their work with youth.

The Maine Youth Action Network is a program of the Opportunity Alliance. Partners for Healthier Communities is the District 1 sub-recipient of the Maine Youth Action Network grant, under the auspices of Maine Prevention Services and the Maine CDC. To learn more about MYAN and the programs offered in each district, visit: www.myan.org

MYAN (the Maine Youth Action Network) seeks to connect with high school students, age 14-18 who are interested in making lasting change in their communities and beyond. We empower students to influence and enact policy changes in areas of:

  • Substance Use
  • Adolescent Mental Health
  • Bullying & Harrassment

PHC’s MYAN District coordinator works to support groups of young people (and their adult allies) across the state who are already taking action on issues of public health, social justice, and restorative practices. We know that meaningful youth leadership opportunities and caring relationships with peers & adults can prevent youth substance use, improve school climate, and build a more just world.

The Maine Youth Action Network is made up of many individuals, groups, and organizations (including youth and adult allies) across the state: we can connect you to ideas, resources, and people who can help you meet your goals.

PHC’s District Youth Coordinator can provide phone, online, and in-person support to youth and adults. Requests range from a simple activity brainstorm to a formal training: any work that builds youth leadership and/or increases the capacity of adults in Maine to support youth in prevention efforts. To find out more about how PHC and MYAN can support your youth work, contact: jvermilyea@smhc.org or visit www.myan.org

Held each Year, the MYAN conference is a summit geared specifically towards rising young leaders. Attendees develop their skills in leadership, action planning, advocacy, and facilitation so they can make the changes they wish to see in their communities. Students attend workshops on:

  • public health
  • social justice
  • combating bias & harassment in schools
  • student leadership & advocacy
  • youth driven projects

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