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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 at the state, tribal, regional, and local levels to create, strengthen and promote coordination, communication, and collaboration to support children through critical school-aged development and youth through their healthy and successful transition to higher education and/or meaningful workforce and 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 planned Dropout Prevention Summit July 27, 28, 2009.

Work We're Building On

Federal Shared Youth Vision Partnership Maine Children’s Cabinet Task Force to Engage Maine Youth
  • Started in 2004 in response to the 2003 White House Task Force on Disadvantaged Youth Report.
  • Four initial federal partners. Now 14 agencies and departments.
  • 16 Pilot states. Now 29 states involved- including Maine’s SYV Council

    Department of Labor Regional Youth Forum
  • Works to coordinate approaches to delivery of services;
  • Establishes administrative priorities across departments/ agencies/ bureaus
  • Cabinet's current priorities: Early Childhood and Youth in Transition (9-24 yrs) ME SYV Council is a subcommittee of the Cabinet

    Maine Children's Cabinet
  • The Governor's charge was to review state and national research and data on the challenges and solutions and to create, by June 30, 2007, a collaborative plan identifying strategeies to engage Maine’s disengaged youth in school and work.
  • Made 5 recommendations which the Shared Youth Vision Council will promote and track

    Governor's Task Force to Engage Maine's Youth


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