One of the greatest challenges of the 21st century is to prepare the next generation of citizens and policy leaders to face the complex challenges of the global community. The subtleties of multi-national issues can easily get lost in a world of oversimplification and 140-character bytes. In response to this, in 2015, a pilot education program was initiated by the Camden Conference and seven high schools in Maine. Dubbed “Camden Conference in the Classroom,” the goals were to promote courses being offered on current foreign affairs in Maine high schools and to increase the attendance of high school students at the Camden Conference. The teachers were given support in the form of resources about the topic of the Conference (Russia) and a workshop in September featuring presentations by experts on Russia. As a direct result of this program, 56 high school students attended the Conference in 2015, up from 9 who attended in 2012!

The program has evolved and currently ten high schools in Maine are participating. The curriculum is designed by each teacher within the guidelines of the school.  These for-credit courses range from a full year’s course, to a theme or topic within an AP course. or to a mentored independent study.  

Student attendees obviously benefit from hearing world-renowned speakers sharing their expertise in current global topics, and because the students are prepared both before and after the Conference in the classroom, the students are ready to absorb the information and the atmosphere with other adults.

Feedback from other attendees about the students has been overwhelmingly positive, expressing appreciation at the fresh perspectives and youthful energy added by their presence.

The CCC program is funded with a combination of grants and individual donations specifically earmarked for the Student Education Fund. This allows the Conference to offer reduced price tickets for participating teachers and their students, as well as a welcome reception on Friday night and Saturday lunch, which often includes guest speakers and facilitated discussions on the topic of the day.


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2017 High School Students Essay Contest Winners

The Camden Conference is pleased to announce the winners of its third high school student essay contest which focused on the 2017 Conference theme: Refugees and Global Migration. First prize went to Zoe Bean from Gould Academy, working with teacher Dr. Brad Clarke, for her essay Afghan Refugee Crisis. Lena Downes from Piscataquis Community Secondary School, working with teacher Mr. Joseph Hennessey, won the second prize for her essay The US should help Turkey expand its refugee programs. Third prize went to Sam McMillan from Gould Academy, also working with Dr. Clarke, for his essay A Case for U.S. Responsibility and Iraqi Partition. The Conference congratulates our winners. The essay contest is part of a special program for ten Maine high schools in 2016-17 called “Camden Conference in the Classroom” (CCC). Essay contest winners were enrolled in a course in their high school on refugees and participated in the 30th annual Camden Conference. Twenty percent of the 1,000...

2016 High School Students Awards

High School Students Awards The Camden Conference is pleased to announce the winners of its second high school student essay contest which focused on the 2016 Conference theme: The New Africa. First prize (tie) went to Alejandra Pardos from Gould Academy, working with teacher Dr. Brad Clarke, entitled Pan Africanism and the Road to an African Renaissance, and Kyle Gleason from Piscataquis Community Secondary School, working with teacher Mr. Joseph Hennessey, entitled Inflation in South Africa. Second prize went to Emma Stevens from Maine Academy of Natural Sciences (Goodwill Hinckley), working with teacher Emily Gribben, entitled The Consequences of the Commercialization of GMOs in Africa. Third prize was a 4 way tie; Cole Lusk from Gould Academy, working with Dr. Clarke, entitled Disease in Africa, Eli Kurtz from Gould Academy, also working with Dr. Clarke, entitled Food and Water Security in Africa, Lucinda-Callie Wingert from Piscataquis Community Secondary School, working with Mr. Hennessey, entitled Aid Corruption in Underdeveloped Africa, and Alanna Wilson from Piscataquis Community Secondary School, also working with Mr. Hennessey, entitled Education and…


The Camden Conference Education Committee announces winners of the Russia Resurgent Student Essay Contest

Congratulations to our college & university student winners! First Place goes to Brad O’Brien from the University of Maine in Rockland. Second Place goes to Stacie Gooldrups from the University of Maine in Rockland. Click here for more information. Congratulations to our high school student winners! First Place goes to Pratt Olson from Gould Academy. Second Place goes to Will Kannegieser from Gould Academy. Third Place goes to Racquel Bozzelli from Foxcroft Academy.  


Just 3 Openings Left!

Announcing Camden Conference in the Classroom: A Support System for Teachers   The Camden Conference invites you to become one of ten high school teachers in Maine to be selected for the 2015-2016 Program, Camden Conference in the Classroom (CCC). The heart of the program is a teacher offering a credit course for high school students on the 2016 Conference topic: The New AFRICA, and bringing four students to the complete Camden Conference, February 19-21, 2016. The Conference venue for High School Students is the Strand Theatre in Rockland, where the Conference is live streamed in HD from the Camden Opera House. The event begins on Friday evening and ends Sunday midday. For more information, please contact Dr. Karolyn Snyder at: Karolyn.snyder@verizon.net Join us! Toward Students as Global Citizens


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