Building Community Resilience to Address Vital Conditions in Maine for Youth, Families, and Individuals to Thrive

SAVE THE DATE     April 12 & 13, 2023  

SAMOSET RESORT  Rockport, Maine


MRBN Keynote Speaker Dr. Wendy Ellis, PhD, MPH

Founding Director of the Center for Community Resilience, George Washington University

The Conference responds to clear and consistent calls for action: promote youth resilience at the family, school, and community levels. The keynote and sessions will assist attendees in facilitating community-driven solutions to address support and ensure a community environment that supports positive youth development, social connection, and thriving.

Sessions will focus on prioritizing policies and programs for prevention to ensure resilience for our youth, families, and communities. Fostering community resilience takes a coordinated, multi-sector approach. Community-developed strategies to promote resilience for health and social issues are entwined in economic development, supporting a thriving, prosperous community. Our future workforce depends on it. We must commit to systems and policies that create supportive environments where youth can thrive and feel they matter. By working to create safe spaces and engaging in connection, every person in every community can have a positive impact on our youth. Making a positive impact also requires addressing complex systemic challenges. We must invest not just funding but also time, energy, and care to ensure that all Maine youth understand that they matter to their community, and we must do so with youth engaged in the design. Governments, schools, businesses, and organizations must commit to supporting systems and policies to create environments where youth can thrive.

Dr. Ellis Bio


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