Teen Conference


for the 31st Annual Teen Conference coming June of 2021!!

YLAT 31st Annual Teen Conference held on ZOOM, June 23, 2021.

Workshop Proposal Form


Please have submissions and details of your proposed workshop(s) returned to YLAT by Monday, March 1, 2021. Please submit a separate proposal for each workshop you would like to present. Notifications regarding proposal status will be communicated to applicants no later than Friday, April 9th, 2021. On behalf of the TCPC and YLAT, thank you for contributing your time and expertise in crafting this proposal. 

Past Conferences
30 Years!
Won't Stop Believing
Waves of Change and Oceans of Opportunities
Hear Us, See Us, Know Us
Together As One

"It was great to be with other youth in care…with others who knew how it felt. I was inspired to join when another youth talked about her own experiences."

1991 Teen Conference 

Since 1991, Maine has held a state-wide conference each year for teens in foster care. YLAT staff at the Muskie School have collaborated with youth in foster care and DHHS to plan all of the teen conferences, participants include youth in care, foster and adoptive parents, DHHS staff, and agency staff. The conference provides opportunities to learn and connect with each other.


Teen conference workshops focus on helping youth to prepare for young adulthood. Youth have reported positive experiences in connecting with peers, learning information to help them achieve their goals, and gaining an understanding of resources and opportunities available to them.

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.

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