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

Youth Voice

Young people and adults who have experienced the child welfare system possess wisdom that can only be known from their direct and personal experience.

Youth in care and Alumni of care have shared their perspectives, experiences, and thoughts through a variety of ways including video presentations, poetry, photography, digital stories, news articles, and artwork. This can be extremely impactful both for the artist and the audience.

The following video is a collaboration of individuals who have experienced Maine’s foster care system. These individuals want you to know about their experiences of being involved with Maine’s Youth Leadership Advisory Team (YLAT) and how being involved has impacted their lives. Our hope is that the personal experiences from current and former YLAT members will inspire other youth in care to get involved. To get involved today, check out our calendar to find a meeting near you!

If you have a creative piece that you would like to contribute, please email your poem, video, or other art to: MaineYLAT@gmail.com