This project will consist of evaluation and data analysis activities to support the Maine Physical Activity and Nutrition Program for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Serve as lead for planning, implementation, and evaluation of the program intervention to address obesity prevention. Coordination and implementation fo specific program evaluation activities with program staff, contractor for HMP evaluation, and key state partners.
Children and Families: Youth Development
This project will consist of evaluation and data analysis activities to support the Maine Physical Activity and Nutrition Program (PANP) of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Serve as lead for design, planning, and evaluation of the program intervention to address obesity prevention, and provide technical assistance for and coordination of program evaluation activities with PANP staff, contractor for HMP evaluation, and key state partners.
Maine Youth Development Initiative(MYDI) has promoted a Youth Development approach to engage the community and youth to strengthen Maine's child welfare system. This ongoing initiative between the Department of Health & Human Services - Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) Independent Living Life Skills Program and the Institute for Public Sector Innovation (IPSI)at the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service has set a standard for the integration of Youth Development values and practices in Child Welfare practice. This project supports the work of the nationally acclaimed Maine Youth Leadership Advisory Team (YLAT), a group of young people who are or have been in the child welfare system in Maine. YLAT has been recognized as an innovative model and has been involved in systems reform and public education on issues related to foster care and the impact on children, informing public policy and the development of legislation. This agreement also includes enhancing sibling connections and achieving permanency for children through the hosting of Camp To Belong Maine. A second year of public funding in this year's agreement are activities related to transition and sustainability efforts to ensure that a privately funded initiative will be maintained by the State of Maine in years to come. This project is known as the Maine Youth Transitions and is in collaboration with Jobs for Maine's Graduates and the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.
This planning grant will allow us to conduct exploratory activities to engage Maine Tribal communities (Mic Mac, Maliseet, Penobscot, and Passamaquoddy)in planning a truth and reconciliation project focused on the trauma, losses and resulting needs of Tribal members who were taken from their family, culture and community when they were placed in state foster care and the trauma and injustice still experienced by Maine tribal people as they work to protect their children in State and Tribal care. The generational impact of these events is still impacting Tribal communities, families and individuals, as well as Tribal - State relationships. The planning grant will enable us to conduct background research, identifying participating Tribal communities, develop the reconciliation convening group, and prepare the implementation grant that will follow this planning grant. The overall goals of the reconciliation project ar to create a common understanding of the truth of Maine's Tribal child welfare experience and to present recommendations for achieving justice for historical wrongs experienced by Maine Tribes. The lessons learned from the reconciliation process and resulting products will instruct current child welfare practice in Maine, as well as provide a model for other states to improve Tribal - State relationships as they pertain to child welfare and other vital intergovernmental issues.