For many Maine youth, the teenage years are even more challenging because of serious economic, family or life issues.
More than 17,000 of Maine’s older youth age 16 to 24 live in poverty. Research tells us that these young people are more likely to experience homelessness or involvement in Maine’s foster care and juvenile justice systems. Once involved in these systems, youth are less and less likely to live up to their full potential.
We believe the best way to help more older youth successfully transition to adulthood is to take a targeted and comprehensive approach to supporting those who face such significant challenges, often without guidance from a caring adult in their lives.
Successful transitions to adulthood can be difficult, even in the best of circumstances. For many Maine youth, the teenage years are even more challenging because of serious economic, family or life issues. These young people often need additional help to successfully navigate their way to educational success, financial stability, independence and well-being.
We direct our resources to strategies that:
- Advocate for policies and practices that improve results for system involved youth;
- Promote collaboration, particularly among high schools, colleges, businesses, nonprofits and public agencies; and,
- Can connect more vulnerable young people to resources and supports that can help them complete their education and connect to the workforce.