Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Julie Atkins

Research Associate I
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304B Wishcamper Center

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Phone: (207) 780-5872

Julie Atkins is a Research Associate at the Cutler Institute for Child and Family Policy. Ms. Atkins' primary focus is on the accessibility and coordination of early care and education and early intervention services for low income special populations, including parents of children with special needs, children in the child welfare system, and English language learners. Ms. Atkins received her M.A. in American and New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine.

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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