Youth Advisory Council
What Is It?
Our Youth Council is a group of 14– to 24–year-olds who partner and collaborate with Maine Boys to Men staff, helping to define our mission and shape our program development and delivery. Youth Council is critical to making our work youth centered and youth focused. The group’s enthusiasm and commitment inspires us and our community members, many of whom have sought Youth Council’s help to inform their own policies and programs.
Youth Council’s work focuses on creating positive impact in our communities on the topics of masculinity, gender stereotypes, consent, upstander intervention, empathy, and communication. The Youth Council has
- created a podcast;
- made a documentary;
- attended conferences;
- served on speaker and interview panels;
- convened speakers; and
- brought our youth violence-prevention program to hundreds of students, teachers, and youth-serving adults.
Join us Tuesdays from 5:00–6:30 p.m. at Seeley Hall at Woodfords Congregational Church in Portland for pizza and fun. Want to be sure we are meeting the week you plan to attend? Contact us. Or click below and we’ll connect with you.
Youth Council members are
engaged, inspired, informed!
What Are Meetings Like?
We begin with funny check-ins to let us all connect. Then, we are always inspired by new learning related to gender, empathy, communication, or healthy relationships. We are encouraged to take what we’ve learned and share with other students, student groups, RSVP® clubs, etc. The rest of the meeting is project work—we always have an event or project we are working on. We close by reflecting on what we’ve learned and we answer another connecting question.
As Maine Boys to Men Youth Council Members, we are…
- Valued for our contributions to MBTM’s curriculum direction and effectiveness;
- Meaningfully engaged in discussions of healthy self-expression and inclusion and in projects to promote them;
- Leaders for this work in our local communities;
- Informed and inspired to make positive change; and
- Prepared to carry our knowledge into our future communities.