New Leaders Project

The New Leaders Project is an exciting part of EqualityMaine’s youth initiative to improve the climate for LGBTQ+ youth by providing leadership skills, community building, and self-empowerment. Our leadership program is for LGBTQ+ young people and allies who want to work alongside other young leaders from across Maine.

In the past, the New Leaders Project has been a summer camp for five days and four nights. We’re sorry to say the current public health crisis prevents us from holding our traditional camp.  Instead, this summer’s program will take place online over the course of six weeks beginning on July 8th and concluding on August 12th. Participants will meet online over Zoom every Wednesday between 1-3 PM. We’re again looking to host 50 youth, ages 11 to 17, at no cost to the youth participants. To apply, click here. Registration will be open until June 30th. 

Participants will learn interpersonal communication, LGBTQ+ history, self-empowerment, event planning, and more. The young people who have completed this program have since applied these skills in their schools and in our work at EqualityMaine through public speaking, event planning, and presenting at conferences. 

Please email our program assistant Jake Karaisz at if you have any questions about the New Leaders Project.  

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