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About Shared Youth Vision

Mission Overview: A Shared Vision for Youth
A Shared System of Services for Youth


  • 4,000 Maine teens not in school or not working (6%) (2007)
  • 15,000 young people ages 18-24 not attending school, not working, and no degree beyond high school (13%) (2006)
  • 1,141 youth reported homeless (2006) 2,187 youth in Maine Department of Health and Human Services care/custody (2008)
  • 210 youth in juvenile detention and correctional facilities (2006)
  • 7,767 juvenile arrests (2006)
  • 37,573 youth with disabilities (2004-05)
  • 196 youth aged out of foster care with no permanent family (2004)
  • 18,000 children under 18 years old in extreme poverty (2007)
  • 21,000 18-24 year olds in poverty (2007)

Maine youth – particularly those at highest risk and in transition – need a strong, coordinated system of youth services.

It is critical to understand how many and which youth listed within these populations are duplicates. We can not tell at this time.

Our Shared Youth Vision Mission

Serve as a catalyst to strengthen coordination, communication and collaboration among youth-serving agencies, community partners, youth and families to support students’ healthy transition through education and into successful adult roles and responsibilities.

Our Charge

  • Promote collaboration and improved communications among the various state agencies and community based partners.
  • Lead the effort to advise and address issues confronting youth ages 9-24 in transitions.
  • Guide the development and implementation of strategic plans.
  • Review all child/youth population needs with priority given to those youth in transition such as those impacted by the Positive Youth Development Institute.


Benefits for Partners of Maine Shared Youth Vision

  • Share and contribute to the vision for improved outcomes for youth
  • Build stronger partnerships that enhance your own organization’s or personal capacity to better serve youth
  • Listen to the challenges of youth
  • Imagine a better way of strengthening youth’s health, educational, life, and work experiences
  • Recommend action for change

How Maine Shared Youth Vision Will Work

  • 3 Co-Chairs
    • Hon. Michael Brennan, M.A., LCSW, Policy Associate, Muskie School of Public Service
    • Emanuel Pariser, Alternative Educational Consultant and Researcher, and Co-Founder the Community School, Camden, Maine
    • Elizabeth Warn, Executive Vice President, TD Bank North
  • Broad representation from federal, state, non-profit youth organizations, parents, youth …etc.
  • 3 Work Groups
    • Economic Security
    • Systems of Integration and Systems of Care
    • Preparation for Work and Education
  • Quarterly Meetings
  • Reports to the Maine Governor's Children’s Cabinet