Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Rebecca (Becky) Harvey, L.S.W.

Director of Workforce Development
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12 E. Chestnut Street, Augusta

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Phone: (207) 626-5266

Becky is responsible for oversight and compliance with terms of a comprehensive staff education and training contract with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office for Family Independence. She is an experienced project manager, now leading a team of Muskie staff who provide an array of training for staff, management, and senior leadership in areas of public welfare, including eligibility, child support enforcement, and disability determination services. Before coming to Muskie, she worked more than two decades within Maine DHHS, and since 2000, has worked with DHHS partners and other stakeholders through her positions at the Muskie School. At Muskie, Becky has provided leadership and operational management in several state/university partnerships, overseeing funding, staffing, projects, deliverables, and the dissemination of information for child welfare and public welfare training. Becky also has directed the design of curricula and the implementation of classroom-based and blended training programs and evaluation.

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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