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What: The Maine Event: Fostering Equity and Justice for Youth!

Join us again this summer for our ANNUAL “MAINE EVENT” national conference!! This year’s event will feature exciting and useful trainings in extremely timely issues like: SCHOOL SAFETY; SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL LEARNING; EQUITY of ACCESS; the EDUCATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE of CONNECTEDNESS; POSITIVE SCHOOL CLIMATE/CULTURE; SUPPORTING SPECIAL POPULATIONS (ELL; LBGTQ; Indigenous youth; students living in poverty or experiencing homelessness; pregnant and parenting youth…) and MUCH MORE!!  Keynote presentations by Shakti Butler and Maine Inside Out!!!


When: Conference is June 28-29, 2018 / Pre-Conference June 27, 2018
Where: Cross Center, Bangor, Maine

Registration Details


Please note that after you begin the registration process you will be able to choose from the following registration packages:


Registration Type Registration Price
The Maine Event Conference $350
The Maine Event Conference (Early Bird) $250
The Maine Event Conference Group Rate (Per-person rate for 5 or more) $315
 Pre- Conference Summer Training Academy $199
The Maine Event Conference WITH Pre-conference Summer Training Academy $549





About Early Bird Pricing: The early bird registration price for The Maine Event Conference  is $250 for the first 50 registrations (this includes registrations adding Summer Training Academy).


About Group Rates: To receive the group code for Fostering Equity and Justice for Youth for: group pricing, student pricing, or Americorp Members pricing, contact Donna Duffey at or 800-294-4322.


About The Conference: This national conference, sponsored by the Positive Youth Development Institute (PYDI) and the Collaborative for Perpetual Innovation (CPI), brings together professionals and volunteers who interact with youth, regardless of setting. The conference offers the latest research, effective practice strategies, and peer networking resulting in renewed commitment and motivation by participants.


About The Pre-Conference Training Academy: This premiere pre-conference session offers opportunity to improve your work with young people by engaging with nationally recognized trainers in a small group setting. These sessions strengthen skills, expand knowledge, and improve practice through the in-depth exploration of content that is not possible in a conference workshop.




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KIND WORDS FROM ATTENDEES of past conferences

Ed Cervone“From the minute I walked into the venue, I could feel the energy and positive buzz. This was one of the best gatherings of educators and community leaders I have attended. Everyone there was whole-heartedly invested in creating a positive space for kids to learn. I am really looking forward to attending the next one.”
Ed Cervone, Executive Director of Educate Maine
Jodi McGuire“The conference focused distinctly and wholly on the foundational principle of what must, unquestionably, be present before students of all ages can learn: Relationships.
Moving us to tears and laughter, frequently in the same session, the presenters modeled the profound impact that connections between school adults and students can make. It was simply my favorite conference of the decade…reminding us all about why we do this work, in both inspiring and full of practical take-aways!”
Jodi McGuire, Director of Instructional Support, Yarmouth Maine Schools
Joshua Ottow“The MAINE Event was a fantastic and eclectic professional development program for me and my staff. The overall message about positive school culture and effective interventions was just what we needed to energize us and focus our efforts heading in to the new school year. The keynote and break out presenters were top-notch and represented the eminent thinkers from educational leadership nationwide. I highly recommend that a school send its entire leadership team in the summer before they develop their goals for the upcoming school year.”
Joshua Ottow, 2015 Maine Assistant Principal of the Year
“This conference is a phenomenal experience with a myriad of resources available to everyone.  Every educator should take the opportunity to attend this conference.”
Stephen Avery, Teacher, SAD 6
“This conference is so important in helping people understand how to better reach kids. I learned many strategies here and I’m so glad that I was able to bring my entire staff! We all thought the conference was amazing.”
Charity Williams, Teaching Principal, Princeton Elementary School