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Portland Locals Remember MLK and Rock Merrill Auditorium

On January 16, 2015 King Middle School’s Night Life Band, in partnership with Maine’s NAACP chapter held an energized concert at Merrill Auditorium with award winning guest blues musician, Samuel James and an appearance by the Green Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Choir.

Breaking Stereotypes

What do you picture when you hear the words “college gamer”? The average person may see someone who is overweight, nerdy, and stays in their room all day playing video games.

Living Authentically

A couple weeks ago I had my first experience speaking on the radio. The topic was living authentically, and I focused mainly on the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) world. I prepped for weeks for this show and talked to dozens of people about how they live authentically.

On the night of the show, I was running on three hours of sleep and four bottles of Pepsi. I was allergic to my perfume, so my breathing was labored. Since I had no experience speaking on the radio, my nerves made my voice shake.

Local Organization Spotlight: Fusion Bangor

It is now a few weeks into the new year and you are starting to feel bored and lonely. It seems like all you do is eat, sleep and go to school or work. You are looking for something to occupy your free time but do not know where to go or what to do. One local organization realizes that this feeling is normal and is doing something about it.

New Year, New Me?

What’s the deal with New Year’s Resolutions?



Happy 2015!!! As the new year is upon us I thought it’d be appropriate to talk a bit about new year’s resolutions. As we all probably know, a new year’s resolution is a promise to do something or to stop doing something which will help improve oneself from this year onward.


However, we all also know these resolutions seem to be impossible to keep. In fact, according to, only 8% of people achieve their new years resolutions. And though I can’t say I’m surprised, I am curious as to why people even make resolutions and why we haven’t just given up on them entirely if they seem to just set us up for failure.

Video Review: Try Something New for 30 Days

With the New Year comes New Year’s resolutions. People everywhere make New Year’s resolutions to improve themselves in some way usually related to their health. All too often, though, many of these resolutions end up being forgotten within a week. A TED Talk given by Matt Cutts, a computer scientist gives viewers a new way to approach their New Year’s resolutions and perhaps a way to actually keep them.

Article Review: Experiences Make Us Happier Than Possessions

With the upcoming holiday season, people everywhere are scrambling to find the perfect gift for their loved ones. However, this gift may not be an actual gift at all. According to a study at San Francisco University, experiences such as vacations, concerts or sporting events make people happier than material objects. Television news channel CNN recently reported on this study on their website in an article titled “Experiences Make Us Happier Than Possessions.”

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot! : Portland Takes A Stand On The Killing Of Michael Brown


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Casco Bay High School students share their frustration and remorse for the death of Mike Brown.

On November 25, local Portland community members and leaders stood together in Monument Square in memory of the death of 18 year old, Michael Brown and against his killer, Darren Wilson not being held accountable for his actions of taking an innocent boy’s life.

Operation Christmas Child: More Than Just a Simple Gift

Opening gifts on Christmas morning is something that most children look forward to and is part of many adults’ fondest childhood memories. Sadly, many children living in poverty do not have any gifts waiting for them under the tree on Christmas morning.

Youth MOVE ME News

Youth Move Maine Does Food and Medicine

On Tuesday November 18, Youth Move Maine in Bangor took on Food and Medicine’s solidarity project. Located in Brewer, along the border of the Penobscot river is a non-profit organization that looks out for its fellow Mainer.

Our Walk Out of the Darkness

On Sunday, October 5th, hundreds of people turned up at the University of Maine Orono campus to walk for suicide awareness. This walk was organized by Out of the Darkness, a national organization whose focus is to honor suicide victims, survivors, and families while educating the community about this issue.

Youth Social Media & Journalism Internship Launch

Over the last couple of months YMM staff have been outreaching to communities and developing a new program for youth around the state in efforts to enhance youth voice right here on the internet in relation to youth issues; tackling topics important to them. The content and ideas are all of theirs. We selected three to participate in the yearlong program. They will be writing over at the Youth Blog section of the site.

Stomping the Stigma

On September 21st, 2014 there was a beautiful thing happening in South Portland, Maine. Several hundred people got together to help spread awareness about mental health and the stigma surrounding it. It was very uplifting to see so many different people from all walks of life gathered together to share knowlege, and experiences about this subject which does not get as much attention as it should in our world.