young people's caucus
The Young People’s Caucus brings together youth from across the State to inform decision-makers about those issues impacting the lives and futures of young people here in Maine.
The work YPC has accomplished...
In 2019 YPC hosted 6 events at the State House addressing issues from Substance Misuse to Juvenile Justice Reform
At the start of 2020 YPC hosted two events at the State House, before Covid: (1) A Rural Roundtable on the Intersectional Issues Youth from Rural Areas Experience (2) A Focus on Under-Represented Voices of Youth
When COVID began, YPC youth leaders met weekly to connect with one another, share challenges, plan and organize the following:
In the Spring 2020 during the pandemic the YPC hosted virtual events for the DOE & DHHS.
In the Summer the YPC engaged youth and educators in ReImagine Education, a collaborative project to address racism in the school system.
Our new reality with COVID has lifted up and reinforced what young people have told us and continue to tell us about how to approach policy: We are all interconnected through each other and the systems that structure and govern our lives. Decision-makers have an opportunity to REIMAGINE a future that acknowledges this interconnectedness and supports young people on issues of health (mental & physical), transportation, education, immigration, child welfare, paid work, criminal justice, housing, and civic engagement.
Where we're going...
Youth Leaders want authentic relationships and opportunities to engage decision-makers. In response this Fall the YPC is working closely with the Children’s Cabinet to explore Youth Engagement and Racial Justice from the perspective of a diverse group of Youth Leaders.
In addition, from January through June youth leaders will have the opportunity individually and collectively to host events (open to all) as well as respond to specific needs, requests and issues that arise. We welcome you to reach out if you would like to connect with the Young People’s Caucus.
YPC is made possible in partnership with Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN)
and representative Victoria Morales. For more information: