Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Ahmen Cabral

Policy Associate
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338H Wishcamper Center

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Phone: (207) 228-8548

Ahmen Cabral is a Policy Associate with the Cutler Institute of Health and Social Policy where she provides coordination for the Youth Leadership Advisory Team (YLAT), engaging youth leaders in the foster care system in advisory committees, policy and practice change, and training. Because of her broad experience in a variety of social service settings involving both youth and adults, she believes that building on the existing assets of individuals and communities is the best way to establish networks and connections with many partners. Ahmen’s areas of expertise include group facilitation, policy writing, research and evaluation, grant writing, adolescent development, transition frameworks, community engagement, and network building. She is continually inspired and energized by youth leaders and community partners who demonstrate a strong commitment to support all young people as they meet the challenges of moving successfully into adulthood.

Ahmen received her BS in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Maine atFarmington and her MS in Social Work from the University of New England.

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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