We are pleased to inform you about the third offering of Maine NEW Leadership, happening at the University of Maine from June 2 to 7, 2011.
Offered by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, this six-day, residential non-partisan training program, *provided at no cost* to undergraduate college women throughout Maine, educates and empowers women to become civic and political leaders.
*Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered by March 17, 2011.*
Based on a curriculum developed by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers, with alterations to reflect Maine’s particular political culture and climate, Maine NEW Leadership offers participants a unique opportunity to hone their leadership skills by hearing from a variety of women leaders in politics and civic organizations, interacting with
several faculty-in-residence, spending a day at the Maine State Legislature, and participating in a hands-on action project. With a goal of creating opportunities for women to become engaged and involved in public life, Maine NEW Leadership offers students experiential training in many aspects of politics and policy making, including public speaking, coalition building, networking, advocacy, and running for office.
Graduates of the inaugural session in 2009 emerged with a commitment to become more engaged in their community and take on leadership roles in civic or political arenas. A few quotes from the participants:
"I gained so much from the week-long experience and have decided that I
would really love to be a part of the Maine State Legislature. I would not
have had the courage to do this without Maine NEW Leadership."
"The leaders of Maine’s National Education for Women Leadership Summer
Institute have inspired me and helped me gain confidence to bring my
leadership skills into my community and especially my campus."
"[I realized] that women do deserve a place at the table and are just as
capable of leading as men."
We strongly encourage traditional and non-traditional college women from all
racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds to apply. We have attached a flyer,
brochure, and application form. Additional information and application forms
are available at *mcspolicycenter.umaine.edu/?q=NEWleadership.*
If you have any questions, please contact Eva McLaughlin, Program Coordinator, at 581-1646 or email *firstname.lastname@example.org*<email@example.com>.
Mary Cathcart RebekahSmith