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

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“Storytelling is a powerful way to connect real-life scenarios to important practice issues. Real-life stories of children, youth, and families can help child welfare workers, managers, training staff, and others engage audiences in a variety of settings.” -U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families

My Journey, My Story Videos

YLAT is a partnership between YLAT members (made up of current and former youth in foster care), the staff at the Muskie School of Public Service, caseworkers and additional staff of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services and community members. Caregivers, service providers, law makers and the legal community are examples of YLAT’s partnership with community members. Through this partnership, YLAT impacts youth in care , the child welfare system, and the larger community.

Tyler and Rebecca’s video Unconditional Love illustrates how taking a chance with a new family led to adoption for a Maine youth and a reunion with his siblings.

The video Connect the Dots showcases Casey and Martin from Maine and how becoming connected can change lives.

See the story of how Mili helped Tyneshia reconnect to her Native American heritage in the video Belonging.

Watch how, with the love and support from Aunt Julie, Jessica is able to overcome many losses in her life and is achieving her goals in Journey of Life.