When people feel seen, heard and valued, they feel more connected to their communities. MRBN supports communities in fostering a sense of mattering, particularly among young people.

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Youth Mattering Webinar with Dr. Gordon Flett

On October 6, 2021, MRBN presented a 2-hour webinar on Youth Mattering. Dr. Gordon Flett, author of The Psychology of Mattering: Understanding the Human Need to be Significant, provided insight into the science and evidence on Youth Mattering, issues of youth social anxiety and perfectionism, and strategies for communities to enhance support for Youth Mattering. A panel of Maine experts offered perspectives on how Youth Mattering and connectedness affect their work.


Chris McLaughlin, LCSW
Associate Vice President
Community & Pediatric Services
Northern Light Hospital

Kellie D. Bailey MA CCC-SLP, MMT/SEL-I
Social Emotional Learning/Restorative Practice Specialist
Office of School and Student Support
Maine Department of Education

Danie Fortin
Teen Services Librarian
McArthur Public Library
Chair of the Youth Services Section, Maine Library Association

Looking for more resources to help children feel like they matter? Check out MRBN's Mattering Booklist for suggested reading for children of all ages.

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