Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Emily Thielmann

Policy Associate
Emily Thielmann


332I Wishcamper Center

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Phone: (207) 780-5868

Emily Thielmann has been part of the Youth and Community Engagement team since 2012.  Her work involves leveraging opportunities for youth- and community-led systems change at the local, regional, and national levels in order to improve long-term outcomes for young people.  She specializes in empowering youth and community members through leadership opportunities, facilitating conversations toward adaptive solutions, and building networks for social change.  Her graduate and professional research has focused on best practices in mentoring programs, volunteer management, and education and career pathways development.

Prior to joining the Youth and Community Engagement Team, Emily worked in nonprofits in Maine, as well as Virginia, New York, Michigan, and Indiana.  In Maine, she served alternately in design, education, and program coordination roles in community-based education and mentoring programs, working primarily with students in need of extra academic or emotional support.  Emily has a Bachelor’s from Vassar College and a Master’s in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern Maine’s own Muskie School of Public Service.  Also from Muskie, she holds three graduate certificates in Nonprofit Management, Applied Research and Evaluation Methods, and Performance Management and Measurement.  She is a Fellow with Maine Network Partners.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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MYTC 2014 Celebration

Colby Swettberg, May 2014, MYTC

Every year the Maine Youth Transition Collaborative brings together youth and adult partners from around Maine to celebrate the year's achievements and milestones.

MYTC’s fourth annual celebration dinner was held at the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern on May 13, 2014. Over seventy young adults, adult partners, professionals, legislators, adoptive families, and friends came together for an evening of fun, renewed connections, learning, and good food.

The importance of mentors in the lives of young people was the theme for the evening. The keynote speaker, Colby Swettberg, Executive Director of Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring in Boston, was introduced by Jacob Hills. Ms. Swettberg talked about what good mentor-mentee relationships look like for youth in foster care and led a discussion about best practices and challenges to bringing youth and mentors together.

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