The mission of Washington County: One Voice is to teach kids that they have a voice, their voice is important, and they can make a difference! Washington County: One Voice, also known as “One Voice”, is a youth initiative of that began in 2012 as an effort to unite Washington County youth in grades 7-12 to create positive social change in their schools and communities. One Voice offers leadership development training and peer networking opportunities to help them achieve their goals.
In Washington County, Healthy Acadia and its partnering schools hope to prevent youth substance abuse, bullying, and other negative social influences by empowering youth and encouraging them to take pride in and ownership of their school and community. One Voice youth groups have the opportunity to connect with student groups from around the state during the annual Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) Youth Summit in October to share their challenges and success stories.
Healthy Acadia encourages schools, student councils and youth groups, faith-based or otherwise to form a One Voice group and join our Youth Coalition. If you are the advisor or mentor of a group of youth ranging in age from 6th to 12th grade that would like to learn more about how they can make an impact in their community, please contact Jenny Robish, Community Health Coordinator in Washington County at 255-3741 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In February of 2013, Washington County: One Voice was honored to be chosen as a Super Power Monkey Training Partner by the Maine Youth Action Network.