Friend of Youth in Care Award

Each year the award is presented to a caring adult who has exhibited leadership on behalf of youth in foster care. Youth in foster care face many challenges. Caring adults can assist youth who are facing these challenges by providing support, advocacy and friendship. Additionally, there are those people who come up with creative solutions to make the system better for all youth in care. They deserve our thanks.

The Friend of Youth in Care Award will go to those adults who are willing to:


  1. Make a commitment to youth in care

  2. Advocate for youth in care

  3. Be leaders on behalf of youth in care

  4. Be a positive role model for youth in care

Marty Zanghi

Marty has worked with youth in care for over 30 years, advocating for them and supporting them to speak up for themselves. He believes in upholding the hopes and dreams of youth, particularly when they had faced so many life challenges. Marty makes connections and envisions new ways to address long time challenges. 

He was instrumental in the design of Maine’s youth transition services, which he began working on in 1988 as a consultant from the Judge Baker Children’s Center. 

Marty is an expert at creating new alignments, policies, practices, and resources to maximize positive impacts on young people's lives. Marty has been directly responsible for these things existing for Maine youth in care. 

  • The Youth Leadership Advisory

  • Team The Maine Youth Transition Network

  • Financial Literacy Training and Opportunity Passport 

  • Community Mentoring

  • THIS Teen Conference, which he began 30 years ago


Of the many resources that exist for Maine youth in care, you will find that either Marty dreamed of it or helped make it a reality. And he’s not done yet!

Currently, Marty is working nationally with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative to improve the systems and communities that serve young adults. Marty is an expert at creating new alignments, policies, practices, and resources to maximize positive impacts on young people's lives.

We have so many reasons to say, “thank you, Marty.”

Past FYIC Award Recipients:

2019: New Beginnings ·  2018: New England Youth Coalition (NEYC) · 2017: Penthea Burns · 2016: A Place Called H.O.M.E. · 2015: Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) · 2014: Representative Seth Berry & Senator Gratwick · 2013: Laurie Davis · 2012: Jobs for Maine’s Graduates · 2011: Dianna Walters · 2010: William R. Bradford, II · 2009: Bette Hoxie · 2008: James Siragousa · 2007: Bobby Strauss · 2006: Lucky Hollander, Susan Verrill, Susan Kimball, Linda Guiggey · 2005: Heidi Krieger · 2004: Marty Zanghi & the Maine Legislative Youth Council · 2003: Karen Westburg & Maddy Thibeault · 2002: Hugh Sipowicz & Sonya Gerry · 2001: Bill Dickenson · 2000: Representative Michael Brennan

Friend of Youth in Care Awardees