Youth leadership seminar seeks nominees

Posted April 18, 2012, at 6:55 p.m.

GORHAM, Maine — Maine Youth Leadership will hold its annual seminar Thursday through Sunday, May 17-May 20, on the Gorham Campus of the University of Southern Maine.

The nonprofit organization invites public and private high schools in Maine to nominate a sophomore student to attend the seminar dedicated to leadership, civic engagement and community service.

Students will take part in team-building activities, small group discussions, volunteer projects and other activities related to leadership and civic engagement. The event also will include a session that will encourage teens to take an active role in developing their own self-image.

In the event’s mock town meeting, Bangor City Councilor Ben Sprague and Portland City Councilor Nick Mavodones will guide students through a town meeting process. Sprague attended the Maine Youth Leadership seminar as a Bangor High School sophomore in 2000.

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Ambassadors are invited to attend at no cost to their school or parents.

Nominating information is available at

The seminar is run by a volunteer staff and is paid for through fundraising and donations from Maine businesses and individuals. Businesses or individuals wishing to sponsor the seminar are invited to email seminar co-chairwoman Linda Varrell at

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