Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Esther Attean honored by Americans Who Tell the Truth Project

Esther Attean, training specialist at the Muskie School of Public Service, has been honored by artist Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) project, an initiative to promote models of courageous citizenship in schools and communities around the country.

The AWTT combines art and history, portrait and narrative, in student-centered presentations that empower and inspire action for the common good. Attean’s portrait, which was unveiled December 4 at a public ceremony at the State Capital Building, will join more than 200 others on the AWTT website and will be included in traveling exhibits that present people throughout American history who have worked for social, economic, and environmental justice.

Attean, a Passamaquoddy Tribal citizen, is co-director of Maine Wabanaki REACH (Reconciliation, Engagement, Advocacy, Change, and Healing) and co-founder of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission process. The Commission, which was officially mandated by the five Wabanaki Chiefs and the Maine Governor Paul LePage in June 2012, represents a historic agreement to uncover and acknowledge the truth of what happened to Wabanaki children and families in the Maine child welfare system, create opportunities to heal and learn from the truth, and collaborate to improve the child welfare system for Wabanaki children and families.

For more information: http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/

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.

2014
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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