Maine NEW Leadership


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Educate • Engage • Empower

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Maine NEW (National Education for Women) Leadership will host its annual six-day residential undergraduate student leadership training program June 2 – June 7, 2016 at the University of Maine.  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.

Maine NEW Leadership, developed to address the under-representation of women in politics, is designed to educate and empower young leaders by giving them the skills necessary to become the next generation of effective civic and political leaders.  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.

By participating in Maine NEW Leadership, participants gain a greater awareness of their leadership potential, skills, and opportunities in civic life and public office.  With the skills they learn and the networks they develop, participants are empowered and energized to emerge as political leaders.  As one graduate of the program stated, “I left feeling inspired and having a new-found sense of enthusiasm for continuing to be a proactive member in Maine’s wonderful communities.  I feel confident that I can make a difference.”

Application & Letter of Recommendation must be submitted by February 1, 2016

2016 NEW Leadership Application

2016 NEW Leadership Recommendation Letter Guidelines

Watch the Maine NEW Leadership Video.  This video shares the basic components of the Maine NEW Leadership program and highlights the perspective of several graduates who reveal that the experience was life-changing, drastically increasing their confidence, leadership skills, and initiative.  They have become civic leaders in some way since their attendance at Maine NEW Leadership.  Please consider a donation to this important program which is improving the lives of Mainers through the ripple effect of alumnae civic leadership.

Information on course credit is provided below.

Who should apply?

Maine NEW Leadership is committed to having a diverse group of participants in each class.  We strongly encourage traditional and non-traditional undergraduate college students from all backgrounds and majors to apply.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Undergraduate student interested in addressing the under-representation of women in politics
  • Maine resident or going to college in Maine at least half-time
  • Majoring in any field of study in any academic discipline
  • Students graduating in May 2016 are eligible

Selection Criteria: 

Maine NEW Leadership selects participants with the intent of creating a class of individuals who represent varied backgrounds and experiences.

The following criteria guide the selection process:

  • Individual leadership potential;
  • Interest in politics, public service, or public policy;
  • Maturity, ability to deal with challenges, and capacity to reflect on one’s own personal strengths and weaknesses;
  • Special interests, unique characteristics and/or diverse experiences which contribute to the program’s goals; and
  • Commitment to participate fully in the NEW Leadership Institute

Course Credit:

WST 498 Directed Study in Women’s Studies. Students may earn academic credit through the University of Maine for participation in Maine NEW Leadership; additional research and writing will be required. Contact Professor Amy Fried, Department of Political Science, 5754 North Stevens Hall, Orono, ME 04469, 207.581.797,
POS 498 Independent Study in Political Science.Students participating in Maine NEW Leadership can earn course credit through the Department of Political Science at the University of Maine. Students will need to conduct additional research and writing. Contact Professor Rob Glover, Department of Political Science, 5754 North Stevens Hall, Orono, ME 04469, 207.581.1880,
WST 399 – Topics in Women & Gender Studies. 0001-LEC (2613) Students may earn academic credit through the University of Southern Maine for participation in Maine NEW Leadership. Contact Professor Lucinda Cole, Director of Women and Gender Studies, University of Southern Maine, 94 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04104, 207.780.4093,

Contacts:Maine NEW Leadership logo

Hon. Mary Cathcart, Director,

Susan D’Angelo, Program Coordinator,, 207.581.1648

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