L/A 101 applications are due Jan. 20

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LEWISTON — Starting Feb. 6 to April 10, L/A 101 is a 10-week exploration of Lewiston and Auburn. Join the League of Young Voters Education Fund each Wednesday to visit various municipal departments; meet with administrators and staff who make our cities great.

To sign up email Dana Leeper at dana@youngvoter.org for an application or more information. Applications are due by Jan. 20.

Have you always wondered how Lewiston or Auburn operate and how you can get more involved? L/A 101 is your chance to learn how our cities’ public works departments handle maintenance and upkeep of streets, parks and recycling. Meet your local police and fire officials. Learn more about the school system and how you can make a difference in local education. Take a look at your city budget with your mayor and city administrators. In addition to department tours, there will be several trainings and discussions on civic leadership.

“I learned that becoming more familiar with my local government is a much easier process than I would have imagined,” said a previous Maine 101 participant. “I learned where my drinking water comes from and where my trash and recycling go to, and so much more. I learned that it is a feasible goal for a young person to strive to become active in my town.”

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The following is the expected program schedule: Feb. 6, introduction and training; Feb. 13, city mayors, city managers and council reps; Feb. 20, social services; Feb. 27, civic leadership training; March 6, “How To:” letters to the editor, speaking at city hall and more; March 13, economic development and zoning; March 20, public school system; March 27, public works; April 3, fire department and police department; April 10, “L/A 101 Empowered:” community issues and evaluation.

The League of Young Voters Education Fund is a nonpartisan multi-issue group that works to make politics relevant, accessible and fun by empowering and engaging young people in social and civic action. For more information visit maine.theleague.com.

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