Citizen Education

An ongoing, effective citizen education program is inherent to the mission of the Maine Municipal Association and is one of the best ways the organization can serve as an advocate for local governments in Maine.

While citizen participation is vital to democracy, it is not enough to simply invite participation. It is necessary to first educate citizens to provide them with the ability to understand the structure, workings and benefits of local government, and to help them realize their role in local government.

Perhaps most important, as we educate, we must also create a sense of ownership. Citizens must recognize that their local government is an extension of themselves.

Through education efforts such as the one you’re currently viewing online – and others – citizens are both empowered to participate, and enabled to do so in a way that is constructive.

Some municipal leaders have asked MMA to provide a “tool kit” that they can use when citizens ask fundamental questions about municipal government. We are beginning to do so.

Maine Municipal Literacy Project

Lesson Plans:
1. Citizen Initiatives: Taking Part in Our Town Development
2. Educating Citizens about Local Policy Change
3. Exploring Local Government
4. Who are the People in our Neighborhood?


Douglas M. Eugley Scholarship for Public Service

Maine Municipal Association (MMA) has developed a $1,000 scholarship for Maine high school seniors planning to enter post-secondary education to pursue a career in municipal government or public service. MMA is committed to assist in growing the next generation of municipal leaders and are excited to offer this opportunity. Details about the scholarship and application form 

Fillable application form

Middle School Essay Contest

For 7th Grade students around the state, this contest asks students to demonstrate their understanding of municipal government by writing an essay entitled "If I Led My Community. . .".   For information, please contact the MMA Advocacy & Communications staff at: 1-800-452-8786 or 207-623-8428.

2022-2023 Winners
2021-2022 Winners
2020-2021 Winners
2019-2020 Winners
2018-2019 Winners
2017-2018 Winners
2016-2017 Winners
2015-2016 Winners
2014-2015 Winners
2013-2014 Winners
2012-2013 Winners
2011-2012 Winners

Going into the Classroom? 
Tips for Speaking to Young Students
Tips for Speaking to Older Students
Tip Sheet for Students



A Citizen's Guide to Town Meeting, the most common form of municipal government in Maine.

A glossary of municipal/town meeting terms

So You Are Thinking of Running for Local Office
A discussion and video of the challenges of government service and some helpful advice!

Annual Report Competition

The deadline for the Annual Report Competition is September 1st of each year.


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