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. This leadership camp is for LGBTQ+ teenagers who want to immerse themselves for 4 days and 3 nights along with other young leaders from across Maine.

In July of 2017, the New Leaders Project was held for the 8th time, but this go around the program was held as an overnight camp on the campus of University of Southern Maine in Gorham. More than 30 teenagers from across Maine gained skills such as interpersonal communication, knowing your rights, self-empowerment, event planning, and more. The young people who have graduated from this program are able to apply what they learned to positive change in their own lives, local communities and schools.

Our 2018 New Leaders Project is just around the corner and we’re looking to host 40 teenagers at our camp August 7-10 at Ferry Beach Retreat and Conference Center in Saco, Maine. Thanks to the support of our donors, the New Leaders Project camp is provided at no cost to the youth participants! Click this link to apply. NEW LEADERS APPLICATION

If you’d like more information about our FREE summer camp please email our program director, Gia Drew at or call 27-761-3732 ext. 14 


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