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

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Dear NEWL friends, supporters, and alums,
We are pleased to announce that our 2022 NEW Leadership Program Applications are available on our website. 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 in June 2021! This year we again are able to offer an in-person program at Schoodic Institute located in Winter Harbor, Maine. 
Please know that we are grateful for your support of our program and that we look with hope and optimism to another year of recovery from the pandemic. We look forward to seeing you in person soon! Cheers to a Happy 2022!!!
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