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Maine Youth, Arts-Based Methods, Journey Maps, Public Systems, Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare


This report seeks to lift up the voices of Maine’s youth and place their lived experiences with homelessness, educational pushout, child-welfare and juvenile justice system involvement, and interactions with the healthcare system at the center of public discourse and decision making. This study collected life stories from 35 youth (age 14-24) using arts-based narrative inquiry methods to map their journeys from childhood to adulthood. The report offers a deeper look at the firsthand experiences of Maine’s systems-involved youth and recommends creating more opportunities for young people to be involved with decisions made by the organizations and systems that serve them, as well as investments in the continuum of care, and programs and policies that promote belonging and equity.

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The Rocking Mood Foundation; The Annie E. Casey Foundation



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