The Marion Kane Leadership program is an in-school program that teaches students leadership skills, nurtures their innate strengths, and keeps them engaged with their schools and communities.

In collaboration with local schools, the program brings students—most often seventh graders—to the EdGE Center in Cherryfield for three full days of highly interactive workshops. There, they participate in activities that help them think critically about challenging topics such as bullying, peer pressure, decision-making, trust, stereotypes, and substance abuse. They challenge themselves on the EdGE ropes course and experience and analyze the dynamics of teamwork and building trust.

Marion Kane was a visionary leader, who saw enormous potential in the people and communities of Downeast Maine. In addition to her work at the College of the Atlantic and the Maine Community Foundation, among other organizations, she played a critical role in establishing the EdGE program.