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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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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MYTC 2013 Celebration

MYTC 2013 Celebration Dinner

On May 9th over 50 young adults, adult partners, professionals, legislators, and friends joined together for the MYTC’s third annual celebration dinner at the Maple Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast Inn in Hallowell, ME.

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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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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.

MYTC Honorees

Each year MYTC honors youth and adults who have been instrumental in bringing resources and supports to older youth in foster care.  Honorees for the 2012 event included Meg Callaway, Geoff Titherington, and Lakesha Shelton. Mark Millar, formerly of Casey Family Services in Portland, was the 2013 MYTC Honoree.

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.