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young people's caucus

Join us in empowering young people to have a voice in decision making in Maine.

We envision a future where all young people in Maine experience a fair, equitable, and responsive system of care that provides opportunities to help them have autonomy and power in decisions that impact their futures, so they may find wellness, experience success, feel a sense of belonging, and thrive in adulthood.


The Young People’s Caucus (YPC) builds pathways for young people who have been directly impacted by systems involvement and systemic oppression to have a genuine voice and power in decision making in Maine. We create opportunities and connect young people, agency partners, and policy makers to work together to create public systems that support and empower all young people, with a focus on youth who have experienced the juvenile justice and foster care systems.

To achieve this mission YPC develops pathways and programs to engage young people and adult leaders in this work. We do this by:

Connecting Young People to a positive community of peers and adult mentors
Building Pathways for young people to learn and have a voice in decisions
Connecting Adult Leaders to young people who have been impacted by Maine's public systems
Supporting and Informing policies that reflect the wisdom of young people with lived experience

Are you a young person who has been impacted by the justice system, the foster care system, or other system oppression?

join us in building community, connecting with peers, and using your voice for systems change in Maine. 


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YPC Justice Network Community Zooms

Build Community
Learn About YPC

Get Connected to Paid Opportunitie
s to Share Your Voice

Join Our Weekly Zoom Group

Support Group

Change Starts With You:  A Paid Training Series

Half-day workshops
Paid Opportunity

Join A Group of Your Peers to Learn How Change Happens in Maine

Coming Spring 2024



YPC Social Media Development Team

Help Create an Online Space that is Genuine, Loving, and Wellness + Action Oriented

Connect with Peers
Build Power for Change
Share Info About Changemaking

Join the Team and Get Paid



Are you aged 14-26 and want to help lead policy change in Maine? 

Are you interested in partnering with us to empower youth? 


The YPC is based at the University of Southern Maine, Catherine Cutler Institute and is a partnership between the Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC), the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG), the Youth and Community Engagement (YCE) team, and our community and legislative partners. Our staff includes a mix of policy and researcher professionals, educators, social workers, and experienced program providers. We also engage YPC youth leaders and alumni in our work through internships and work with community partners to facilitate our programming opportunities.

In this work, we value mutual understanding and respect, active listening, curiosity, inclusion, collaboration, and empowering those most impacted by the issues.



Swathi Sivasubramanian

YPC Program Manager

Madison Burke

YPC Program Coordinator

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