As part of MYTC’s efforts to create supports and resources for youth aging out of foster care and for all disconnected youth, MYTC regularly hosts Youth Meet-Ups. These events focus on helping young adults develop leadership and teambuilding skills, discover peer support, and identify the resources they need to succeed as they move toward adulthood. The events are casual and meant to provide youth a venue to meet and connect with other youth, learn more about the opportunities available to them for post-secondary education and employment, and find paths towards community connections and support.
November: Youth leaders and adult partners with the Southern Maine Youth Transition Network met at the University of New England campus in Biddeford for a powerful and energizing day-long training to talk about sharing their stories to advocate, educate, and make new connections. The event, which was co-facilitated by Muskie staff, interns, and youth, included exercises and lessons in effective public speaking and strategic sharing, fun trust-building icebreakers, and conversations about youth experiences accessing education and employment opportunities. In the afternoon, youth participants were joined by a panel of two peers who shared and answered questions about their experiences with public speaking and sharing their personal stories at the local and national levels.
April: Fifteen youth from all across Southern Maine came together at Camp Ketcha in Scarborough, ME for a fun day of teambuilding, reflection about leadership, and discussion of issues facing youth as they move toward adulthood.
Youth from various backgrounds spent the afternoon sharing their ideas on how to make high schools more supportive, how to help young people manage outside demands in order to stay in school or work, and how to help youth build roadmaps to college or careers.
The event was part of MYTC’s ongoing work in Southern Maine as a site of the national Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, an initiative focused on ensuring that all youth ages 16 to 24 have the relationships, skills, and opportunities needed for success as they transition to adulthood.
- February: youth joined at a computer lab on the USM campus to fill out FAFSA and tax forms. FAME helped facilitate filling out tuition waiver forms.
- April: current, past, and future students gathered with college representatives to discuss supports, challenges, and experiences.
- September: youth gathered at Fort Williams for a semester kick-off and to discuss what opportunities were available for the upcoming year.