Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Claire Walker, B.S.

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12 E. Chestnut Street, Augusta

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Phone: (207) 626-5296

With over 20 years of administrative experience and a Bachelor’s degree in public administration, Claire provides project support for a team of Muskie staff who deliver an array of training for staff of the Maine DHHS Office for Family Independence. She has been the lead support for the Standard Eligibility Policy Training (SEPT) program, which has included centralized on-site training and additional weeks of companion field practice activities related to federal and state policies in MaineCare, Food Supplement Program, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families regulations. Claire has worked at the Muskie School since the first SEPT training class in 2000. Her technical expertise includes Microsoft Office Suite 2010, SurveyMonkey, and MaineStreet MarketPlace financials. She is experienced in monitoring expenditures, reconciling monthly financial reports, and recording and summarizing training data used in semi-annual and yearly reports to DHHS.

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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