Today marks the start of Maine NEW (National Education for Women) Leadership, an annual six-day undergraduate student leadership training program for women that aims to educate and empower young leaders. The program runs from Thursday, May 28 through Tuesday, June 2 at UMaine with trips to Augusta and Skowhegan.
A diverse group of 28 students with a variety of majors and interests from 15 institutions around the state, including all of the University of Maine System campuses, will take part in the seventh annual residential conference that aims to strengthen political skills and build confidence.
Throughout the free conference, students will participate in workshops hosted by women leaders from politics, business and education. They will learn skills including public speaking, networking and how to advocate for a cause and run for public office.
Maine NEW Leadership is offered by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center with support from local sponsors. The program was developed to address the under-representation of women in politics and is designed to provide students skills to become the next generation of effective civic and political leaders.
More information about Maine NEW Leadership is available online or by calling Mary Cathcart at 944.1411.