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Youth Activism in Maine

 Closeup of a young activist's hand; one of which says "ME (abbreviation of Maine) Strikes Back
Willis Ryder Arnold
Maine Public

We speak with young people about their use of civic engagement to raise awareness and inform change on a variety of important topics – from climate activism to LGBTQ+ rights to voter turnout. We’ll learn about their goals, and about attitudes and concerns of their generation. This show is part of our yearlong series on the changing face of Maine.


Maya Eichorn, second-year student at York County Community College; board member, League of Women Voters of Maine; fellow, Maine Students Vote

Audrey Hufnagel, rising senior, Lincoln Academy, from Damariscotta; member, Maine Youth for Climate Justice

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Caty DuDevoir, Jim Dowe Public Media Intern, Maine Public; third-year student at University of Mainestudying anthropology and ournalism; news editor for Maine Campus Media

Aidan Ring, rising junior at York High School; member of the school's Eco Club, which drafted a proposed ban on single-use plastic utensils


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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.