Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Youth and Community Engagement

Camp Ketcha Youth Group

Youth and Community Engagement (YCE) staff engage with state, local, and tribal agencies, youth, and key community stakeholders to transform systems and communities so Maine’s young people experience better outcomes. Through our youth-adult partnership approach, we empower youth in transition to adulthood to serve as leaders and change advocates in partnership with adults. We help to build the capacity of individuals and communities to make significant changes to entrenched social problems through supporting people to tell their stories, developing multiple and accessible outlets for participation, and enhancing the capacity of community collaborations.

 YLAT LogoThe Youth Leadership Advisory Team (YLAT) is the voice for Maine’s youth in Foster Care. YLAT is a partnership of youth and adults working together to improve outcomes for young people in the foster care system through: public speaking and training; advising decision makers about youth priorities; youth-centered laws and policies; and resources and opportunities for young people in foster care.

 Maine Wabanki REACHMaine-Wabanaki REACH, a cross-cultural collaborative made up of Maine child welfare staff and Wabanaki representatives, established and advises the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC). REACH educates Native and non-Native people about the history of Maine and Wabanaki peoples, promotes healing from intergenerational trauma, builds allies for improved tribal-state relations and will oversee the implementation of the TRC recommendations.

Maine Youth Transition Collaborative

The Maine Youth Transition Collaborative (MYTC), made up of public and private partners from across Maine, works with young people, the child welfare system, and community members to ensure that youth transitioning from the foster care system to adulthood have the resources and personal connections they need to be successful. MYTC works with communities around Maine on the issues vital to a young person’s economic self-sufficiency, such as post-secondary education and employment.

SMYTNSouthern Maine Youth Transition Network (SMYTN)

The Southern Maine Youth Transition Network is a cross-sector collaborative comprised of youth and adults that seeks to reduce the number of teens and young adults in Southern Maine who are disconnected from school, work, and community through aligning programs so that older youth are guaranteed continuous support from secondary through postsecondary education and on to credentials and jobs. SMYTN includes public agencies, private service providers, faith-based organizations, businesses/industry sectors, foundations, and educators, as well as youth leaders with diverse life experiences and valuable expertise to share.

Portland EmpoweredPortland Empowered

Portland Empowered engages students and parents in educational reform and decision-making, increasing opportunities in Portland Public High Schools for including their voice and leadership in making learning more student-centered.




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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New Jersey's Manage By Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes

Photo of the cover of New Jersey's Manage By Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes

This report, authored by Muskie School of Public Service researchers David Lambert and Julie Atkins, presents five strategies that organizations can follow to change their culture by moving toward data-driven decision making.

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Muskie Public Health Graduate Students Present at Maine CDC Conference

MPH graduate student Trevey Davis describing the academic program to a conference attendee at Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference.

The Muskie School of Public Service, Graduate Program in Public Health, and the Maine Public Health Institute exhibited at the Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference and the concurrent Immunization Annual Conference.  Practice faculty member, Judy Tupper, DHEd, CHES, CPPS and MPH graduate student Trevey Davis spoke with many of the 500 public health professionals attending the conferences.  In addition, Muskie Public Health Education Corps members Carissa Parent, Jacey Keller, and Nikki Busmanis, (MPH graduate students) presented a research poster based on their recent Lyme disease educational intervention pilot in Maine schools.  Dr. Tupper also presented a poster regarding the results of the online training pilot program for Maine EMS personnel on the topic of infection control and prevention.  Educating Fifth Graders on Tick- and Mosquito-Borne Diseases and Prevention Methods" at the Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference.

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Justice Research

Cover: Maine Crime and Justice Data Book 2014

Using the most recent public safety, corrections, and court data available, the Maine Crime and Justice Data Book presents a portrait of the state's crime and justice indicators, including 10-year trends in Maine and comparisons with northern New England and the U.S. at large.

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