MRBN Report on Youth Mattering Garners National Attention

The Maine Resilience Building Network's new report on Youth Mattering has landed in front of a national audience.

Building a Culture for Community Resilience: Safe Spaces and Small Acts is featured on Community Commons, a website that offers curated tools, resources, and inspirational stories to drive community change. 

"We are honored to be seen as a resource for others," MRBN Executive Director Kini-Ana Tinkham said. "Increasing Youth Mattering is a preventive measure that is needed now more than ever. Our post-pandemic strategy needs to be about more than repairing the harm young people have suffered. We need to continue to take an upstream approach, building protective factors such as positive relationships."

The report features key learnings from MRBN's Community Conversations about Youth Mattering, held earlier this year.

MRBN's Mattering Work Highlighted on ABC7/Fox22 in Bangor 

MRBN Executive Director Kini-Ana Tinkham spoke with reporter Stephanie Wittenbach about Mattering and youth mental health. Thanks to Shannon Fowles for sharing her perspective as well!

Watch the story here!


Amid Ongoing Pandemic Anxiety, King Introduces Bill to Support Children’s Mental Health

Maine Youth Development Community Welcomes Senator’s Efforts and Vision

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today announced the introduction of the Improving Data Collection for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Act, a bill that would authorize $10 million annually over five years to support Centers for Disease Control (CDC) research and data collection efforts on the impact of childhood trauma on long-term health. This field of study is increasingly important, as existing research shows that certain negative events, circumstances, or maltreatment during childhood – known as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) – are associated with negative health outcomes both in childhood and later in life. An increased understanding of the connection between ACEs and long-term health is now even more critical, as studies from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) show that social isolation, school closures, and other stressors unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic may be amplifying ACEs. Read More...


Retired Principal,  Jim Sporleder from Wala Wala, WA,
who inspired 'Paper Tigers' movie visits Maine

Jim Sporleder, retired Principal of Lincoln High School in Wala Wala, WA visited with Kini-Ana Tinkham, MRBN Executive Director and Joyce Morrissette, Engagement and Training Director. MRBN offers technical assistance to school leadership and staff exploring the Trauma Informed School model and implementation. 

“Jim Sporleder retired in 2014 as Principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA.  Under Jim’s leadership, Lincoln High School became a “Trauma Informed” school, gaining national attention due to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates and the number of students going on to post-secondary education.   These dramatic changes at Lincoln caught the attention of Jamie Redford, who spent a year filming the documentary, Paper Tigers, which tells the Lincoln story.  The documentary was released at the May 2015 Seattle International Film Festival and received positive reviews. Jim is currently working as a trauma-informed coach / consultant as well as a trainer with the Children’s Resilience Initiative, based in Walla Walla.  

  Maine Resilience Building Network: Catalyzing a Statewide Movement

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

Social Determinants of Mental Health in National Spotlight -
Maine Medical Center chosen as one of eight hospitals to participate!

By Ellen Fink-Samnick, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP  Original story posted on: January 29, 2020

New white paper addresses behavioral healthcare in the ED and the SDoMH

The social determinants of health (SDoH) are on everyone’s watch list, but attention must also go to the social determinants of mental health (SDoMH). The costs incurred to treat behavioral health and substance abuse in emergency departments are rapidly escalating. Poor management of these patients drains already tapped resources and provides limited meaningful treatment.

A recently released white paper by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Well Being Trust organizations hopes to shift the care dilemma.   READ MORE

Learning Opportunities for Maine Early Childcare and Pre-K Teachers

The Maine Resilience Building Network traveled to 12 sites across Maine this fall to provide professional development training to public early childcare and pre-K teachers working with children birth-age 5 to strengthen their role in supporting children and families. The training focused on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and building resilience. The training promoted professionals’ understanding of how adverse experiences at a young age can affect a person’s emotional and behavioral development and ways to support the individual by building resiliency. MRBN trainers promoted staff’s understanding and skills related to working with children and adults who have or have had childhood adverse experiences and trauma.  Mary Hackett a home daycare provider shared, “it was an outstanding presentation with good discussion, thank you for your efforts”. The work was supported by a Maine DHHS and DOE.  

Training Classroom Teachers

The Maine Resilience Building Network traveled to Aroostook County to train Early Childcare and Pre-K teachers about ACEs, early brain development and resilience. Classroom strategies included the practice of mindfulness and compassion. MRBN values the relationships, care and education early childcare and Pre-K teachers provide to Maine's children and families. When Maine's children and families are flourishing our communities will flourish. 

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