Help get a youth center for Lewiston/Auburn!

Please take a few moments to help support the youth of Lewiston/Auburn!

A local group known as YADA (Youth + Adults + Dialogue = Action) in Lewiston, Maine is working to establish a community youth center that will be accessible by foot from both downtown Lewiston and downtown Auburn. As many of you may know from news coverage, youth in L/A can expect a lot of upheaval in the next year or so as their schools go through drastic changes to qualify for Race to the Top federal funding. Support is very much needed for this reason and others. From Molly Ladd, YADA organizer:

"Lewiston was recently ranked as the city with the highest rate of childhood poverty in the State of Maine (41.68% of children under 18 reporterly live below national poverty standard.) There are very few after school programs available for teens, let alone free or low-cost programs. This is why a devoted group of youth and adults have been working since 2007 to plan and generate community support for a youth center.

Now, we are excited to announce that YADA successfully submitted an application to the Pepsi Refresh grant project for $50,000 to rent, staff, and outfit a youth center within walking distance of both Lewiston and Auburn downtown districts. We need YOU to help us win the grant! It's easy: all we need to do is get enough online votes in JUNE to rank in the top 10 out of approximately 400 grants in our category.

Voting is as easy as:
2. Register to vote with your e-mail account (about 30 seconds) or sign in instantly with a pre-existing Facebook login and password
3. Vote for the YADA Center EVERY DAY in June!

It will only take a few seconds out of your day, but it will make a huge difference for hundreds of youth in the Lewiston-Auburn community! Please try to vote for the YADA Youth Center EVERY DAY in JUNE."

Please join Molly and L/A community is voicing support for YADA - please vote daily!

Watch the video below to hear from L/A youth about why this center is needed:

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