Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Creating Community Connections for Transition-Aged Youth in Maine

Event Date and Time: 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
USM Portland Campus, Wishcamper Center, Lee Community Hall, Room 133
Contact Name: 
Nick Curlew 780-5841 or
Contact Phone: 
Contact Email:


"Creating Community Connections for Transition-Aged Youth in Maine" 

May 14, 9:00 -1:30
, please RSVP by May 7th to:
or Nick Curlew 207-780-5841

University of Southern Maine,
Lee Community Hall, Room 133, Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus

 "Creating Community Connections for Transition-Aged Youth in Maine" is an opportunity to explore the role of community in helping youth connect and stay connected to education and employment pathways.

 This half-day program and lunch includes:

  • Keynote by Colby Swettberg, Executive Director of Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring, who will discuss the importance of strong and healthy adult partnerships for youth in transitions.
  • Panel Discussion and Q&A about unique approaches and solutions for connecting youth to community, employment, and education.
  • Viewing of the short film "A Shoestring for Mackenzie". This film, written and directed by a former Sanford High School student is about overcoming struggles with peers/familyIntroduction by Carl Lakari, Co-Founder of Project Aware.

 Thank you to our co-sponsors: Portland Mentoring Alliance, Seeds of Independence, Strategies for a Stronger Sanford, and Community Partnership for Protecting Children





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