YOUTH PROGRAMS

Our youth programs have changed due to COVID-19.

Please click the links below to register for each program.

All virtual programs are free!

Virtual Program Schedule

Full descriptions of programs are below the schedule

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Rainbow Ball

Rainbow Ball is going virtual! Keep scrolling to see a schedule of special live-streaming events!

April - May 2020

Beyond the workshops and activities listed above, we have some special live-streaming events in the works!

See below for details...


Online Talent Show

May 1st, 7 pm - 8:30 pm

A statewide virtual talent show put on by LGBTQ+ and allied youth. Sign up to perform online or to be in the virtual audience.

Registration deadline April 24th, 2020


Random Ideas Live-Streaming dance concert

May 2nd, 7 pm - 9 pm

Random Ideas will stream a live performance through Facebook and Instagram. Stay tuned for details!

weekly programs

Mondays

Photovoice 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The photovoice group will create a collective virtual photo album around a theme chosen by the group. For sharing positive identity, building on each other's strengths, staying connected, and expanding community in a time of social distancing. Sign up!

Tuesdays

Weekly Workshops 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

A new workshop every week!

April 14th, 2020: Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships: An investigation into teen dating relationships with Rachel Merrill of New Hope for Women

Dating, hanging out, hooking up-- however it’s termed-- it can occupy copious amounts of our time, energy, and thought. In New Hope for Women’s “Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships” presentation, youth will:

  • Engage with national LGBTQ dating statistics,
  • Take a critical look at behaviors and interactions within a partnership,
  • Discuss barriers members of the LGBTQ community may experience in seeking out help for unhealthy relationships, and
  • Acquire safe resources for dealing with unhealthy relationships.

Join us on April 14th and enrich the conversation with your perspective!

Presenter Bio: Rachel is a proud native Portlander (Maine, of course!). She studied at the University of Southern Maine, earning a bachelor’s degree in History and Women & Gender Studies followed by a master’s in Education. After a brief and beloved stint as a middle school social studies teacher, she transitioned into the nonprofit world to more directly address the social-emotional needs of her students. Rachel currently works as a Youth Educator for New Hope for Women-- a domestic violence resource center in Midcoast Maine. She is constantly inspired by the strength, wisdom, and tenacity of Maine’s youth and is motivated to support and raise up their voices in a world that could benefit so greatly from their perspectives.

Disclaimer: Rachel is another white, cisgendered, heterosexual lady with a nose ring ... :) who is an eager ally, keenly aware of her spaces of privilege, and ready to amplify more marginalized voices around her.

Sign up for Rachel's workshop!

Wednesdays

OUT Maine Youth Group 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

OUT Maine’s virtual youth group provides a lighthearted space to get to know other LGBTQ+ youth across Maine. Youth have the opportunity to connect over casual conversation and play group games with other LGBTQ+ youth, OUT Maine staff, and adult allied volunteers.

For more information, please contact matea@outmaine.org

Sign up for weekly Youth Group!

Thursdays

Writing Six-Word Stories 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Minimalist creative writing projects to construct counter narratives, provoke conversation, and explore diverse experiences within our community.

The project invites people to share their truth in only six words. In some cases, this is a list of words that describe someone’s thoughts. Other times it is a pithy and provocative sentence that captures the essence of someone’s daily experience.

Sign up for Six Word Stories Project!

Dungeons N Dragons 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

A weekly DnD game for youth ages 11 - 18.

Sign up for DnD!

Fridays

Young Adult Group 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

For ages 18-22. Activities will vary each week.

Sign up for Young Adult Group!

more programs

Young leaders academy

Young Leaders Academy meets quarterly (four times a year) and focuses on supporting LGBTQ+ young adults, age 18-22, in building community, developing transitional/life skills (ex: making a budget, building a career, navigating the healthcare system), and emerging as young leaders and community organizers.

For questions, please contact Matea Mills-Andruk at matea@outmaine.org or call our office at 800-530-6997.

YOUTH POLICY BOARD

Are YOU.....

  • Interested in gaining leadership skills?
  • Passionate about issues that affect your community?
  • Concerned about access to health care?
  • Looking to gain community service hours or school credit?
  • Wondering how you can make a difference?

Get Involved. Build Youth Voice for Improving Policy. Make Change.

STAND UP, SPEAK OUT

Seeking community-oriented, social justice-minded youth (ages 14-22) from Knox, Waldo, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties who are looking to develop leadership skills.

We are a volunteer Youth Policy Board to bring about positive change for youth in the midcoast. Youth participants receive a small stipend.

Still seeking members, please email matea@outmaine.org

2020 Event Calendar

youth overnights

** Postponed due to COVID-19**

Friday, March 27th Dixfield - POSTPONED

Friday, Apr 3, 2020 Whiting - POSTPONED

Regional overnights are an opportunity for LGBTQ+ youth and allies to come together to build community and spend time with one another in a space where they can be themselves.

Civil Rights Team Project Conference


** Cancelled due to COVID-19**

YOUTH LEADERSHIP RETREAT

October 23rd - 25th, 2020

The Youth Leadership Retreat programs enhance leadership development and reach rural youth. This weekend will be our 7th annual youth retreat at Camp Kieve-Wavus, where youth from Aroostook to York gather to learn and network.

LGBTQ+ youth need support and visible adult LGBT mentors to help them see possibility in their futures and reasons to remain in school. These weekends are life-changing for many, building youth connections and leadership skills.

Next retreat: October 23rd - 25th, 2020. Registration TBA. FMI email matea@outmaine.org

2021 Event Calendar

April 30th - May 2nd, 2021