The Maine Resilience Building Network’s mission is to promote resilience in all people by increasing
the understanding of the impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the importance
of building resilience through protective factors such as positive relationships.

Join MRBN this November and December in Groundbreaking Conversations

The Science of Mattering & Cultivating Mattering for Maine Youth

In the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, middle school and high school students, when asked if they mattered in their community, could only agree less than 60% of the time “I Matter".  High School students report a 15-point drop in feeling they have support from an adult that is not a parent. These are failing grades. Maine has the most anxious children in the nation, the teen suicide rate is on the rise and our youth rank 3rd in the nation as most depressed.

MRBN is launching an initiative to Cultivate Mattering for Maine Youth. You Matter to the conversation.

Join Us in Groundbreaking Conversations for Collective Impact…

MRBN will lay the groundwork for Cultivating Mattering in Maine Youth in a two-day keynote conference led by Dr. Christina Bethell, Phd, MBA, MPH. Dr. Bethell will host MRBN attendees in a 2-Day Science Based Conference on the Importance of Mattering.  REGISTER TODAY . In December, MRBN will lead Thought Leader Roundtables. To register to attend one of the two facilitated roundtables, December 3, 2020 9:00-10:30am  REGISTER TODAY      December 9, 2020 1:00-2:30pm  REGISTER TODAY

Catalyzing Resilience & Healing Through Mattering- 2 Day Keynote

Join the Groundbreaking Conversation to Cultivate Mattering for Maine Youth

November 12th and 13th

Morning Keynote with Dr. Bethell: 10AM-11:30AM    Afternoon Breakout Sessions: 1PM-2:30PM

With Gratitude Registration Fees Have Been Underwritten by

Kennebunk Savings

Cost:  $10.00 for Members and $20.00 Non-Members


Facilitated Maine Thought Leader Roundtables- December Opportunities

Join the Groundbreaking Conversation to Cultivate Mattering for Maine Youth

In December, The Maine Resilience Building Network is convening thought leaders across Maine from all sectors of business, healthcare, community organizations, youth programs, government and law enforcement along with representation from all 10 Public Health Districts to begin the conversation to Cultivate Mattering for Maine Youth through collective impact.


December 3rd- 9:00-10:30AM

OR  December 9th - 1:00-2:30

Cost: $0.00. No Fee

Webinars will be facilitated by Carole Martin.  Participants can send comments via chat throughout the webinar to participate. A Report of the two Thought Leaders Round Tables will be posted on the MRBN website. Webinar will be recorded. Organizations may have more than 1 attendee.

To learn more about Cultivating Mattering for Maine Youth, please reference the MRBN White Paper.

Catalyzing Resilience & Healing Through Mattering

Join the Groundbreaking Conversation to Cultivate Mattering for Maine Youth

Building and becoming the ecosystem to take healing to scale. Prioritizing possibilities to take resilience and healing to scale-because there is more right than will ever be wrong!

November 12th & 13‚Äčth    Keynote each day 10:00am -11:30amCommunity Forums each day  1:00pm-2:30pm

Please join us for a two day virtual event featuring speaker Dr. Christina Bethell, PhD,MBA, MPH. Dr. Bethell is a Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she advances groundbreaking Science of Mattering, Engagement Matters, You Matter to promote early and lifelong health of children, youth, families & communities. 

 Engage in Discussions that Matter: About Science and your world view. About Engagement and leveraging relationships. About YOU! With and Between Us. 

Each day, Dr. Bethell will offer a unique keynote presentation from 10:00am -11:30am and  Dr. Bethell will facilitate community forums each day from 1:00pm-2:30pm.

 During the afternoon facilitated community forums, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on approaches to promote mattering through positive connections and experiences in  their current work and communities. Participants review strategies and services and evaluate how current work promotes mattering and thriving in communities. 

Join the Conversation! Everyone is  invited to attend:  Civic leaders, business, organizations, coalitions, community members, social workers, healthcare providers, guidance counselors, educators, child and family advocates, public health and behavioral health professionals, neighbors and policy makers.

There will be a break from 11:30am - 1:00pm for lunch. You may stay on zoom or rejoin for the afternoon community forums.

Registration Fees:    $10. member rate.     $20. non-member rate,       $10.  full-time student rate

Scholarship available. Contact


                 Equity Workshop Series

MRBN is offering a new workshop opportunity to engage Maine community members to increase knowledge around systemic injustice. This series was created by Sultana Khan, a New England based consultant who has worked with Maine youth, educators and community members to increase their understanding and activism around social change.

Anti-racism education builds resilience for everyone. Evidence shows that systemic injustice has a negative effect not only on the marginalized community members who are directly impacted, but every community member, regardless of identity. Studies support the idea that when communities take action to address racism, outcomes for every group improve.

MRBN will offer a three-part series that focuses on three outcomes: education, acknowledgment, and action. Each 90 minutes session is unique and attendees can choose to take one or all three.

The series will be offered each month; August, September, and October. The dates for October are Monday, October 19th 9am - 10:30am; Thursday, October 22nd 11am - 12:30pm and Tuesday, October 27th 6:00pm - 7:30pm

The cost to attend each session is $30 for MRBN members and $40 for non-members. Additionally, MRBN will set aside $5 per attendee to donate to Maine-based organizations supporting people of color. Each session is limited to 30 attendees. Each session is an independent program and the three programs do not need to be taken in a specific order. 

Session 1: Bias & Brain Development - October 19th 9am - 10:30am

This workshop will use Daniel Kahneman's theory of fast and slow thinking to explain how representation, societal structure, and brain development create a culture of biased thinking and behavior. Attendees will take the Harvard Implicit Bias test prior to the workshop and will receive follow up materials to practice unlearning their own biases. Register here

Session 2: Microaggressions - Reflecting on Harmful Language  - October 22nd  11am - 12:30pm 

This workshop will expose and explain the subtle nature of microaggressions, which are defined as "daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental communications, whether intentional or unintentional, that transmit hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to a target person because they belong to a stigmatized group."  Register here

Session 3: A Racial History of Maine - October 27th 6pm - 7:30pm 

This workshop will explore the history of racial prejudice in Maine, from the persecution of residents of Malaga Island to the KKK to the history of US relations with the Tribes that have lived in this area for thousands of years. This real history is a necessary component of anti-racism education for Mainers.  Register here

Join MRBN!

The Maine Resilience Building Network invites you to join the conversation and  become a member. MRBN leads and supports a Network across Maine to build  resilience and well-being by providing systems that strengthen children, family, workplace and community connections. MRBN is at the forefront of thought leadership and action to bring about positive change that address systemic inequities and root causes of poor health outcomes related to adverse childhood experiences. MRBN provides statewide network meetings, professional development and training programs, and contributes to state and local policy development.                                                            Join the conversation today!

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HOPE Webinar Summary: Frontline Stories of Inspiration, Concern, and Self-Care 

May 26, 2020 by Chloe Yang in HOPE Blog and ACE's Connection 

Last Monday, Dr. Robert Sege was invited by the Maine Resilience Building Network (MRBN) to speak about HOPE and Positive Childhood Experiences during an interactive webinar. Usually an in-person meeting, the gathering attracted nearly 300 virtual participants. Our Zoom screens were tiled with pages and pages of faces, front-line workers across Maine who continue to serve families during this time. Among the audience were teachers, social workers and mental health professionals, clinical and medical practice based staff, school nurses, and those who work for organizations serving children and families. At the heart of the meeting, Dr. Sege turned the spotlight on these important workers, giving them a platform to share stories of inspiration, concern, and self-care with each other. Below, Kini-Ana Tinkham, MRBN’s executive director, sheds light on MRBN and the virtual event. Read more...

Inside the ACE Score Strengths, Limitations and Misapplications with Dr. Robert Anda

Dr. Robert Anda, Co-Principal Investigator and designer of the ACE Study, explains strengths and limitations of the ACE Score. He explains why the growing popular movement to use the ACE Score for screening patients, assigning risk, and making clinical decisions for individual patients is a misapplication of the ACE Study findings.

Watch the video: 

Other resources:

MRBN Members & Friends:  Please seek help right away if you have trouble coping or feel overwhelmed or are worried about a friend or loved one. The Maine Statewide Crisis Hotline is available 24/7. For assistance, call  1-888-569-1112 or call 211, Maine's Resource Line. The Teen Peer Support Text Line 207-515-8398, for ages 14-20, staffed by people under 23 years old.

Please view MRBN's Wellness Resources

    Maine Resilience Building Network: Catalyzing a Statewide Movement

           Read the article: 

         Written by : Anndee Hochman for the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) Shared Learnings series. 

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