YLAT 2012 Teen Conference

University Of Maine2

22nd Annual Teen Conference


Maine’s Youth in Care


Those Who Care for Them

University of Maine at Orono

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Registration & Continental Breakfast: 9:15am to 10:00am

Conference: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Please download the conference brochure and registration form. Or register online at www.ylat.org

Brochure and registration form

Morning WORKSHOPS 10:30-12:30

Workshop A: Knowing your story A lot happens before and after youth come into foster care.
Sometimes hearing information about your own life events can be confusing. This workshop will help you to answer questions, like…How can I remember and understand my life story? How can adults and I talk about my life story? What can my team and I do to help others understand me and my life?
Workshop B: What information about you is important to share?
What is written and shared with others about your life is important. Sometimes this written information is shared with others to help find a place for you to live. In this workshop, you will learn about the infor-mation form that is used in finding homes for youth in care and you will get to give feedback on this in-formation, like…What do you want others to know about you? What do foster/adoptive parents need to know? What information must workers share?
Workshop C: Exploring change and transition
Whether you are moving to a new placement, finding family, or getting your first job, change can be hard or stressful. In this workshop, you will get to learn about transitions—what happens in your heart and gut when life changes happen. This workshop will use games and activities to explore your feel-ings about change and will give you tools to help you pull through.
Workshop D: Building relationships with family
Family is an important part of your life story. Come to this workshop to learn how to develop meaning-ful connections with your family and with other key relationships. In this exciting workshop, you will think about these questions…Who joins me on my life path? How do I find supports? How can I pre-pare for future relationships? What do I do when it gets really difficult?
Workshop E: Planning for permanency
Teens and adults in Aroostook County have been meeting to explore what permanent family connec-tions mean to them. For this workshop, the team will help you get started on a path toward your own permanent family connections. Through activities and life book pages, they will focus on exploring these questions… Who am I? What happened to me? Where am I going? How will I get there? How will I know when I belong?
Turning 18
The pathway to your future is ahead of you. In this workshop, you will learn tools and resources to help you with education and career planning. Professionals from around Maine will be able to answer your many questions… What do I want to do with my life? How can education or training help me achieve my goals? How can I afford it? What supports will I need? How can I keep a job?

Afternoon SESSION

In the afternoon session, you will meet with other youth, adults, and foster care alumni from your area.