The Youth Leadership Advisory Team (YLAT) brings together young people who are involved with the child welfare system and creates opportunities for them to learn and practice leadership and advocacy skills. YLAT is a three-way partnership including the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, Maine's Department of Health and Human Services, and Maine's youth in care. Amid a comprehensive system reform, YLAT has been a guiding force and a clear voice. YLAT has enjoyed many successes and garnered attention--including requests for replication--across the nation. This paper grew from a desire to clearly articulate the YLAT model, both to aid other sites considering a similar approach and to help the team as they determine their strategies for YLAT's next decade of achievements.
This publication is made possible by a grant from the Innovations in American Government Award, a program of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Wu MZ, Burns P, Zanghi M, Walters D. Ylat Youth Leadership Advisory Team: An Innovative Approach to Systems Improvement. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service;2010.