YLAT Meetings

YLAT meetings are held across the state in Augusta, Bangor, Biddeford, Caribou, Houlton, Lewiston, Portland, Rockland, and Skowhegan, where youth ages 14-21 have FUN, learn leadership, problem solving and advocacy skills, and build youth-adult partnerships. Young people who continue their involvement with YLAT after their 21st birthday then become alumni participants. Transition workers let youth know where meetings are held and work out transportation to the meeting. To find a YLAT meeting near you, check out the YLAT Meeting Calendar.

Young people who have experienced the foster care system are invited to become involved with YLAT. Adult partners participate in meetings to provide information and resources, support young people, and learn from youth members. Everyone is always welcome to attend YLAT meetings when they are able. Our motto is “once a member, always a member.”

Youth Justice League (YJL) is one of the newest parts of YLAT. YJL serves young people who are or have experienced homelessness. YJL is an opportunity for homeless young adults to identify issues in the community, create change and learn from each other. YJL is a group that fosters respect and listening while having fun together. This group is a collaboration between DHHS, Portland Outright, Preble Street Teen Center and Muskie.

Visit our Facebook Page to receive general information for youth in care, hear about meetings, learn about special events, stay informed about the annual Teen Conference, and have an opportunity to connect with other young people involved in YLAT.

Facebook is the first place a meeting cancellation is posted.

"It's really done a lot. Being a part of YLAT makes you feel stronger; knowing you're making a difference makes you feel good about yourself." - YLAT Member