Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Maine Marks

This project developed of a set of indicators to measure and track child, family, and community well-being over time. Primary activities included: 1) engagement with the multi-agency representatives of the Governor's Children's Cabinet to identify priority areas and indicators, 2) development of data to populate/update selected indicators, and 3) refinement and maintenance of a website to disseminate data and information about the indicators. The website provides a single point of entry for the public, scholars, and policymakers interested in data and information about key indicators of child well-being in 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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