Continuing Education Series

For the 2019-2020 academic year, MYAN is offering free continuing education opportunities for prevention specialists, youth engagement workers, and other youth-facing professionals in Maine. Lunch is provided at each training in the series.

Each training series follows a cohort model. Over the course of the three trainings, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with a consistent community of professionals in your field to share strategies and challenges, build connections, and develop new skills to take back to your work.

For those unable to commit to a cohort, each training will be offered individually in the Augusta area.

Emerging Best Practices of Youth Prevention

Join the MYAN team for a three-part series focused on leveraging prevention best practices to effectively engage youth within our communities. Learn the neuroscience behind why scare tactics miss the mark in adolescent brains, strategies for directly involving youth in prevention-focused research, and how to grow and sustain lasting, supportive relationships with any young person.

Contact Hours are available for individuals who complete all three trainings in this series.

Using Neuroscience to Reach Developing Brains

Learn the neuroscience behind developing brains, and why scare tactics often miss the mark. Using this information, we will develop communication strategies that are research based, and practice those strategies within a prevention-focused framework.


Community Driven Research With Youth

Learn about community-driven research models and their value in creating environmental change. Using these models, develop strategies to directly partner with youth in prevention focused research and build their skills and engagement.


Relationships as Protective Factors

Develop skills to grow and sustain lasting and supportive relationships with young people. In this workshop, dive into how protective factors like positive adult relationships can build resiliency in young people and improve outcomes.


Portland Area Registration Bangor Area Registration

Individual training Registration links for Augusta:

Using Neuroscience to Reach Developing Brains

Community Driven Research with Youth

Relationships as Protective Factors


Transforming Knowledge into Action

Participate in a learning cohort with other emerging leaders in the youth engagement field. This three-part series provides participants with train-the-trainer content on youth mentoring best practices, engagement & retention strategies, and youth facilitation strategies. You’ll leave with training materials, strengthened skills, and deeper connections to other youth workers in your community.

CEUs are available for individuals who complete all three trainings in this series.

Youth Mentoring Strategies

Identify best practices for adults who advise and support young people in mentorship roles. Build a framework for coaching other adult mentors to strengthen their skills in working with youth.


Youth Engagement and Retention

Learn research based tools and practices to enhance your youth-led programming. Explore potential pitfalls and strategies around youth retention while building core competencies to support young people in leading programs.


Facilitating for Youth Voice

Explore how social & emotional learning skills build the abilities of youth and adult allies’ understanding of facilitation. Dive into debrief and reflection techniques that help youth succeed in everyday challenges while building long-term skills.


Portland Area RegistrationBangor Area Registration

Individual Training Registration Links for Augusta:

Youth Mentoring Strategies

Youth Engagement and Retention

Facilitating for Youth Voice

Two-Day Intensive Workshops

Join us for four certificate based training programs designed to offer in-depth and youth-focused learning opportunities for Maine adults. Learn advanced facilitation skills, how to help adolescents through mental health challenges, incorporate restorative based practices into everyday work with youth, and learn how to navigate differences in culture and identity along with their impact on youth engagement.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Bangor Feb 25-26

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Bangor Registration

Advanced Youth Facilitation Skills

Portland Jan 28-29

Bangor Feb 11-12

Fill your toolbox with activities, skills and facilitation strategies intended to grow your practice working with youth groups. Learn the skills to help groups solve complex problems, leverage diverse points of view, practice social-emotional skills and build engaging sessions for your team.

Portland Registration | Bangor Registration

Practicing with a Restorative Lens

Bangor Mar 3-4

Portland June 9-10

Are you incorporating social emotional learning into your teaching practice? Working with colleagues to build a trauma- or healing-informed approach? Join fellow educators and youth facilitators in layering a restorative lens onto youth engagement practices. Workshop participants will explore restorative frameworks, build foundational skills, and strategize opportunities to promote restorative approaches in relationships and communities.

Portland Registration | Bangor Registration