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The Ebola Scare – What is Really happening?

After all the talks, skepticism and jokes I’ve heard on the Ebola scare, I decided to do some research on my own. Ebola Virus Disease is a deadly disease, with a 50% case fatality rate. This means that 50% of the people who have contracted the disease have died from it. The first symptoms are an onset of a fever, sore throat, headache and muscle fatigue.This is followed by diarrhea, vomiting, internal and external bleeding, rash, and symptoms of impaired liver and kidney function. Sounds scary doesn’t it? Fortunately, you cannot catch Ebola unless you come in contact with the bodily fluids of a person infected with Ebola or any surfaces contaminated with those fluids. The infected person must also be showing symptoms; if they are not, then you cannot catch the virus. Ebola is not airborne, so use your common sense. Just as you would with any other sick person, stay away from them. If they sneeze on you, wash it off immediately! And gentleman, I see you exiting the bathroom without washing your hands; please, wash your hands after you use the bathroom.

Convoy of Hope: A Growing Legacy Comes to Bangor

Throughout their lives, all people face circumstances where they need help. This is what happened to the Donaldson family when their father was killed by a drunk driver over 20 years ago. Their community showered them with support as they faced financial difficulties related to their father’s death. Once they were back on their feet, they decided to give  back to the commu
nity that helped them. They began to give out food to needy  families from the back of their pickup truck. This is how the Convoy of Hope  began.

It’s all About the Benjamins – The NFL and their Degenerate Ways

After reading Brent Schrotenboer’s piece, “History of Leniency: NFL Domestic Cases under Roger Goodell,” and closely following the Ray Rice case and other illegal actions of NFL players, I came to a few conclusions. First off, money rules. The actions of the NFL, among most other corporations in this world, no matter how ethical or unethical they are, are based off the buying power of their decisions. My second conclusion is that our society, not our government, is not taking enough action on domestic abuse, something I will expand on in a later post. Izzy also has some things to say about this issue here.

Ray Rice: The True Iron Fist Of The NFL


An article written by GERM Magazine writer, Lauren Drop brings attention to the protest by mainly females on Twitter about the Cover Girl NFL themed makeup line. Now, the issue had nothing to do with the makeup, but rather it had everything to do with the NFL, specifically, Baltimore Ravens player, Ray Rice.


Fed Up With Lunch

Do you eat school lunch? If so, how often? Once a week? Twice a week? Or so much that you’re fed up with it? One teacher ate school lunch until she was so fed up with it that she wrote a blog, now a best-selling book about it called “Fed Up With Lunch.” Sarah Wu, who goes by her pen name Mrs. Q, ate cafeteria food for lunch at the Chicago elementary school where she taught for a year. During this year, took photos of the food and wrote about it in her blog in order to address the issue of unhealthy school lunches.

Use Your Resources: Julie Reubach

Julie Reubach is a math teacher who recently transitioned from middle school to high school. In her blog, “I Speak Math”, she provides a variety of resources that are particularly useful for beginning teachers like me. Her top posts include: “Marvelous Math Stations”, “All About Slope Foldable”, and “Turning Words Into Math – Graphic Organizer.” Even though most of her posts are about specific activities in classroom, she adds personality when writing about the successes and failures of her days.

Summer Youth Programs

YMM will be hosting a variety of programs in our various regions of Bangor, Lewiston, and Portland. If you are a youth (14-25), we have some fun ways to spend your summer with workshops, movies, trips, and more.

Social Media & Journalism Internship Announcement

The Youth MOVE ME Social Media Journalism Internship (SMJI) is a way for youth ages 16-25 to gain experience in areas of communication, writing, technology, as well as social justice issues, mental health, juvenile justice, and other sociological issues. The goal is to unite youth voice across the state of Maine on the YMM website, Facebook, and other social media outlets.

Youth MOVE ME News

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.

Georgetown Training Institutes 2014

Youth MOVE Maine is back from our great capital! Matt, Tamara, Jerome, Abi, Sayre, and Laura along with 3 youth advocates traveled to DC to participate in the Georgetown Institutes at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon, Maryland.