Youth Leadership Advisory Team (YLAT)

YLAT is a joint project between Maine’s Youth in Foster Care, The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and the Muskie School at University of Southern Maine. YLAT is committed to improving the short-term and long-term outcomes for youth who are or have been in foster care.

YLAT, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, PO Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300, phone: 207-780-5861

2015 Teen Conference

Thank you to all who joined us on June 25th, to Celebrate & have Fun at Kennebec Valley Community College in Hinckley, Maine!

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Over 100 youth and Alumni of foster care attended the 25th Annual Teen Conference! This year’s theme: “Something to Stand For: 25 Years of Change” was highlighted throughout the day in our group activities and leader talks. With a record number of attendees (154), we definitely celebrated the 25th year milestone with a bang! Our speakers were inspirational; their energy, passion, connection, and commitment to youth/adult relationships was felt by all.

The morning team building, location, food, carnival, and workshops were truly awesome and INSPIRING! Workshops topics included: budgeting, experiential leadership, college resources, communication strategies, vision boards, dance, and building networks of support. Lunch was followed by annual awards and then a carnival and resource fair that included information on housing, education, health, and banking.

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Awards & Recognition
YLAT Leader Talks

The speakers were YLAT founders, pioneers, partners, and our future youth leaders. These Leader Talks will soon be available online so check our Facebook for updates.

Workshops, Activities, and CAKE!

It was an incredible conference, 25 years is a long time but…we are just getting started!!
Spread the Word, let your voice be heard #MaineYouthVoice

This year’s Photo Booth sure captured some fun moments!