Exciting News!

Maine will be the first state in the nation to fund post-secondary educational support for former foster care youth pursuing higher education or technical degrees up to the age of 26. Maine LD1683 "An Act To Improve Degree and Career Attainment for Former Foster Children" is a great achievement for Maine and youth in transition from foster care nationwide!

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Community Forums

In May 2014 over sixty people interested in supporting disconnected youth assembled for a symposium "Creating Community Connections for Transition-Aged Youth in Maine.”

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2014 Celebration Dinner

Over seventy young adults, adult partners, professionals, legislators, adoptive families, and friends came together for an evening of fun, renewed connections, learning, and good food at our fourth annual celebration dinner.

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Building Opportunities

Part of the national Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, the Southern Maine Youth Transition Network builds cross-sector collaboration to ensure that all youth ages 16-24 get on pathways to continued education and careers. SMYTN is exploring how community systems can innovate to better serve youth in their transitions.

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THE COSTS OF DOING NOTHING

Why is it important to extend foster care? Not only is it critical for young people, but there are enormous benefits and cost savings potential for communities and taxpayers who act now to improve services and supports for older youth in foster care.

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Aging out of foster care

MPBN: Aging Out of Foster Care

Check out Dianna Walters, 2012 Muskie School graduate, Muskie's Marty Zanghi and Therese Cahill-Low of the Office of Child & Family Services, among others, who were featured on MPBN's Maine Watch with Jennifer Rooks on June 21 discussing Aging out of Foster Care.

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Success Beyond 18

Success Beyond 18

Join MYTC and the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative in bringing states and communities together to make better choices and help kids in foster care build better adult lives.

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Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative PSA

Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative PSA

This video is part of Success Beyond 18, a national campaign to create a better path for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

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What we do.

What We Do

The Collaborative focuses its efforts in three key areas:

Southern Maine Youth Transition Network

The Southern Maine Youth Transition Network (SMYTN) brings together youth and adult community members to assist youth currently or formerly in foster care with employment and post-secondary education.

Resources:

The partners of the Maine Youth Transition Collaborative, both youth and adults, are the most important resource for youth as they transition from foster care to adulthood. Besides these partner relationships, we have assembled some additional resources that might be of use to youth and the people who help them.

How You Can Help:

MYTC welcomes new partners who are interested in helping youth transition to their communities around the state. You can help through offering your expertise, time, or resources. Young people benefit from knowing caring adults who can support them in post-secondary education or the workplace. Resources invested in the Collaborative will enable both public and private dollars to further support local community networks, youth leadership, financial education, and the Opportunity Passport™, a matched savings program for youth.

To partner with us, please contact Marty Zanghi at the Muskie School of Public Service: martyz@usm.maine.edu or 207-780-5867.