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Bryn Gallagher

Travels from Maine

Bryn has the ability to quickly connect with middle and high school students as well as the collegiate community. Her authentic message reaches deep and has the power to inspire change.


General Topics

Addiction

Prevention

Recovery

Advocacy

 

Books/Films

Biography

Bryn is a young articulate “Mainer,” surrounded by both serene landscapes and an awesome recovery community. Her passion for speaking and engaging others comes from her belief that we all have the capacity to empower and be empowered. Speaking at schools, conferences, and nonprofits provides a platform on which Bryn can connect with the community around her. She especially loves speaking with middle and high school students. This experience ignites her plan to make a career out of representing youth in the juvenile justice system.  Bryn feels in her element with all students in educational settings including the collegiate community.

She has presented the need for recovery supports to the top executives in Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services. Bryn also advocates, with passion, for access to justice, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or gender. When Bryn has the opportunity to meet with politicians, including Maine’s Senator Angus King and Maine’s current gubernatorial candidates, she does not shy away from addressing social inequities, especially as they pertain to the recovery community.

Bryn is presently a student at the University of Maine School of Law where she is currently a Student Attorney representing children facing criminal charges. Bryn’s personal involvement with the juvenile justice system at the age of seventeen gives her an ability to relate to many of her clients on a more authentic level. She has interned with the State of Maine's Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services; the Association of Recovery in Higher Education; and Maine Youth Court, a diversion-based restorative justice initiative serving youth in southern and mid-coast Maine.

While working on her undergraduate degree, Bryn volunteered extensively with Young People in Recovery. As a person in recovery, Bryn is committed to dismantling the stigma surrounding substance use disorders while implementing sustainable treatment and recovery resources in her community and across the state. Bryn was honored to be asked to author a white paper for the Center for Addiction and Recovery Training’s Recovery Coach Academy for Young Adults: “Defining Recovery Today.” Her recovery-related work has given her the opportunity to replenish relationships with loved ones and to harness her passion for helping others. Additionally, Bryn has gained a clearer understanding of her present role in her community: to use her life-experience as an asset and catalyst for widespread and positive change.  

The Maine outdoors help keep Bryn grounded and provide a place for her to run around and blow off steam with her dog, Moose. She holds family and her friends near and dear to her heart and recognizes that, if not for recovery, she would not have nearly as meaningful a connection with all of them.

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My hope is that we all learn the strength of our stories!
— Bryn Gallagher