Authentic Youth Engagement: How to Partner with Youth who have Diverse Lived Experiences

Date(s) - 04/17/2023
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM



Training Details

Authentic Youth Engagement: How to Partner with Youth who Have Diverse Lived Experiences

This FREE training will be held in-person on April 17th, 2023 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM in Auburn, ME

Applications open March 13th thru April 13th, 2023

Not all engagement with youth is genuine. Often, adult-youth partnerships suffer when adults struggle with who is in charge and who should be making decisions on youths’ behalf. So how do adults partner with youth in meaningful ways? How do adults maintain balance while working with young people?

This training provides foundational knowledge around building and maintaining meaningful, intentional partnerships with youth who have lived experiences with homelessness, as well as other systems involvement. It also dives into internalized bias, adultism, and how adult attitudes about youth and young people can make or break their relationships with them. Attendees will learn about the core concepts of authentic youth engagement, as well as how to recognize their own biases that affect how they work with youth and how youth work with them. It will also provide concrete strategies to improve relationships with youth.

Training objectives include, but are not limited to:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the principles of Authentic Youth Engagement (AYE)
  • Increase awareness of youth homelessness, and how it affects young people’s behavior and attitudes
  • Better understand and identify adultism and bias against youth and young people
  • Learn strategies for addressing the unique needs of often-marginalized groups, including BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth


Are you a professional who works with youth – even tangentially? Are you interested in participating in this training? Email Matthew Wyman, Maine Statewide Youth Action Board Specialist, at for more info!

This training opportunity is presented by New Beginnings, Inc., with support from the Sewall Foundation. Staff of youth-serving agencies and alternative schools, especially in the Lewiston area, are welcome to apply!

This training is held in-person in Auburn, ME, with exact location to be disclosed to accepted participants. Small bites, beverages, and free parking will be provided on site.

Don’t wait, apply today because space is limited! 

Certificates of Attendance will be provided upon completion of the entire training!

Questions regarding the application process? Want to know more about future training opportunities? Email for more info!

Training Application

Applications are closed for this event.

For more information contact:
Kelly Colbath

Kelly Colbath

Prevention & Training Coordinator

PLEASE NOTE: Application priority will be given to youth workers and staff from youth/social service agencies, residential programs, and alternative schools who work with teens and young adults at high risk for negative health outcomes or homelessness/out of home placements. Adults/educators who do not currently work directly with these youth (e.g. primarily work with younger adolescents, children, lower-risk populations, or in program administration) may submit an application request but will likely be placed on the waiting list until after the application deadline, and contacted as space allows.