Dear NEWL friends, supporters, and alums,
As you might know, our 2020 residential program was canceled due to the pandemic, but we were pleased to offer a 2021 NEWL hybrid program this past June! When we made the difficult decision to cancel, we offered those who had been admitted to the 2020 cohort the opportunity to participate in 2021. I’m pleased to share that we had 15 students participate this year. The program consisted of a 3-day in-person session at Schoodic Institute located in Winter Harbor sandwiched between a 5-day Zoom program with our National NEWL partners.  We are delighted to report the hybrid program was a wonderful success; however, we are so excited to resume our in-person 6-day program in 2022. In addition, our NEW Leadership 2022 applications will be available on our website on December 1, 2021.
Please know that we are grateful for your support of our program and that we look with hope and optimism to a year of recovery from the pandemic. We look forward to seeing you in person soon! Have a wonderful summer!!!
To stay up to date on all things NEWL, please visit us at the following sites.
Amy Blackstone, NEWL Director
Susan D’Angelo, NEWL Program Coordinator


Maine NEW Leadership Program

Maine NEW (National Education for Women) Leadership was developed to address the under-representation of women in leadership roles and in politics. It is a nonpartisan educational program designed to educate and empower young people by giving them the skills necessary to become the next generation of effective civic and political leaders. By participating in Maine NEW Leadership, participants gain a greater awareness of their own abilities to lead, their expertise and qualifications to take on a leadership role, as well as the many opportunities for them in civic life and public office.  With the skills they learn and the networks they develop, participants are empowered and energized to emerge as leaders.

Maine NEW Leadership Informational Video 

Donna K. Thornton Discusses the Importance of Maine NEW Leadership

Educate • Engage • Empower

Maine NEW (National Education for Women) Leadership hosts its annual six-day residential undergraduate student leadership training program each year in early June. We are looking for a diverse group of students who are motivated to learn about the importance of women’s participation in public life and to develop their own leadership skills.

The program includes presentations from politically active women throughout Maine, a visit with women legislators and policy advocates at the State House, and workshops for participants to actively develop leadership skills, such as public speaking, advocacy, and networking.  Participants also benefit from the experience of faculty-in-residence, a group of women public leaders who serve as mentors for students throughout their stay.


Amy Blackstone, Director,

Hon. Mary Cathcart, Special Consultant,

Susan D’Angelo, Program Coordinator,, 207.581.1648

Maine NEW Leadership Social Media