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

Activities

YLAT’s statewide activities engage youth in supporting one another, advocating for change and educating the child welfare system.  These activities include YLAT meetings, community service, advising policy makers, and public speaking events.

YLAT Meetings

In YLAT meetings, youth come together, have FUN, learn leadership, problem solving and advocacy skills, and build their portfolio of accomplishments.  Check out the YLAT Meeting Calendar to learn more and get involved.

Public Speaking and Public Policy

YLAT members educate people about youth in care and advise policy makers on topics that are important to youth in care.  These topics include improving programs, giving youth a voice in decisions about their lives, keeping siblings connected, and strengthening outcomes for all young people in foster care.

Youth Trainings & Skill Building

Throughout each YLAT year, young people are offered the opportunity to attend a variety of trainings to deepen their skills, and increase their knowledge in the areas of public speaking, sharing their story, and advocacy. YLAT works closely with OCFS’s Transition Worker’s to identify the training and skill building topics to focus on each year.