LYAC Receives 480 "MOTIVATE ME" Responses from LMS & St. Dom's Academy | Community Spirit

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LYAC Receives 480 "MOTIVATE ME" Responses from LMS & St. Dom's Academy
LYAC Receives 480 "MOTIVATE ME" Responses from LMS & St. Dom's Academy

LEWISTON:  The Lewiston Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) has received 480 survey responses from 7th & 8th grade students at Lewiston Middle School and St. Dom's Academy.  LYAC, in an effort to encourage better attitudes about school & raise aspirations, asked the question, "What motivates you to do well in school?" 

Pictured here (attached) are City Council Liaison John Butler & LYAC's Nadifa Mohamed sporting college sweatshirts as a reminder that the goal of college is a motivator for many students.

From now until LYAC's next meeting on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, members will be reviewing survey responses and each selecting ten "stand-outs" before jointly discussing those selected.  LYAC will also be planning a special time of recognition for the students whose responses are chosen, and each will receive a prize package that's in the works. 

As part of the prize package, LYAC members are currently contacting 24 post-secondary institutions in Maine to request a donation of small, medium, and large hooded sweatshirts.  Educational facilities being contacted by LYAC are:  Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, College of the Atlantic, Husson University, Kaplan University, Lewiston-Auburn College, Maine College of Art, Maine Maritime Academy, New England School of Communication, St. Joseph's College, Thomas College, Unity College, UMA, UMF, UMO, USM, UMaine Fort Kent, UMaine Machias, UMaine Presque Isle, University of New England, Central Maine Community College, Eastern Maine Community College, and Southern Maine Community College.

In addition, LYAC members hope to visit/interact with LMS & St. Dom's 7th & 8th graders in the spring to serve as positive aspiration role models.  Lewiston Middle School & St. Dom's Academy students were asked to answer the survey question due to LYAC members having previously attended LMS or are members currently attending St. Dom's Academy. 

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