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Regional Youth Hub Coordinators

JustME for JustUS (JMJU) is a collaboration between the Maine Environmental Education Association and Campaign Earth. Born in Summer 2020, JMJU is a new project dedicated to developing a civic engagement and climate justice youth-led network statewide. Our goal is to convene a powerful group of diverse Maine youth who care about the environment and climate justice, connect them with each other and mentors, and provide training and resources needed to be a force in 2021 and beyond. We offer regional listening sessions, trainings, school and campus visits, and youth led strategy development. We strive to shift power and mobilize Maine youth to be critical players in building a just and sustainable Maine. 

This project arose out of a need for a new model that:

  • Prioritizes youth in northern towns and rural Maine communities

  • Builds content for youth that comes out of their specific community and experience

  • Pays young people for their work

  • Focuses on climate justice and civic engagement

  • Builds a sustainable organizing structure so that organizing can continue beyond school

  • Increases representation and diversity in civic engagement and environmental work in Maine

  • Generates hope through examples of youth projects and providing opportunities and tools to make a difference

Position Information

As a rural state, Maine needs organizing models that truly embrace the nuances of communication and virtual tools needed to advance civic engagement and climate justice outside of urban centers. JMJU will be focusing on leadership development of youth in rural regions of Maine with a specific focus on Hancock, Penobscot, and Washington counties. These three counties will see important State Senate and State Representative races in 2022 that need support and attention from progressive organizers. JMJU is developing organizing hubs in each of these counties led by youth from the region. We are operating within a 501(c)3 context to engage youth voters. 

 

JustME for JustUS is currently seeking Youth Hub Coordinators for key regions in Maine; Hancock County, Penobscot County, and Washington County. The JMJU Hub Coordinator position will work within a single county and build a team of youth in the region to push for political change with a strong focus on social and climate justice issues. The goal of the Hub Coordinator is to organize a youth-led organizing hub in their county, supporting and mobilizing youth and engaging the youth vote in the next election. 

 

The Hub Coordinator will build on the existing relationships and connections JMJU has in these regions, focusing on growing a movement within a single county. The Hub Coordinator will act as a facilitator, bringing together and connecting youth throughout a specific county and building meaningful and supportive relationships with youth groups in schools and in the community. They will offer youth in these regions the tools, access to information, and motivation they need to get involved and stay involved. The Hub Coordinator will nurture youth leadership, growing the youth movement within their county and grounding and guiding organizing work with community voices and  the needs of the community.

 

The Hub Coordinator should have strong ties to the local community and the ability to build further relationships with community organizations. This position will work remotely, JMJU will work to overcome any barriers and can provide access to necessary tools.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with JMJU team to conduct outreach and build connections with community organizations

  • Recruit at least five youth members to organizing hub this summer 

  • Host or support two to four regional trainings with the JMJU team 

  • Building and organizing a team, setting goals 

  • Mobilizing youth around local and regional issues, voter registration and turnout 

  • Develop relationships with community organizations, hold 1on1s with youth in the community, organize and host listening sessions for the region 

  • Participate in leadership, organizing, and professional development trainings

  • Develop and distribute candidate questionnaires for election candidates and host two candidate forums with JMJU team.

  • A strong understanding and/or willingness to learn and continue the dialogue around the history of race and racism in America and how that history has led to the racial disparities experienced by black, indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC community members) in the political and environmental realms

  • If additional funding is secured to extend this position into the Fall- active youth voter outreach and education on civic engagement. Including: how to vote, why vote, voter registration, how to connect with elected officials, etc

Skills Required:

  • Passion for building a more inclusive civic engagement sector and climate justice movement in Maine 

  • Connection to (and preferably living in) either Hancock, Penobscot, or Washington counties in Maine

  • A commitment to social and climate justice and uplifting youth voices 

  • Excitement for networking with other young folks, building relationships, and motivating them to get involved with their communities 

  • Interest in increasing youth engagement in elections and youth voter turnout in Maine 

  • Self-directed work ethic and ability to stay organized while juggling multiple projects and maintain communication with JMJU team  

  • Strong and effective listening, communication, and collaboration skills 

  • Experience and comfort leading and directing groups 

  • Organizing experience is a plus but not required, JMJU will offer you the training and support you need

Important Details:

 

The Hub Coordinator will commit to 10-20 hours per week for ten weeks with the potential to continue work into the fall and long term (depending on funding).

 

The Hub Coordinator position pays $18-21/hr, depending on experience, with room for negotiation. 

 

Applications (including responses to questions, a resume, and two reference contacts) wil be accepted on a rolling basis. bit.ly/hubcoordinator

If you have questions please email the JMJU team (justmeforjustus@gmail.com)