Call for Youth Development Conference Proposals! Extended to April 20

Call for Youth Development Conference Proposals! Extended to April 20

PYDI and CPI present the Maine Event: Fostering Equity and Justice for Youth

 Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone

2018 Annual Conference

June 28th and 29th  Cross Insurance Center Bangor, Maine


PYDI and CPI welcome your application to present at the Maine Event Conference.  We seek applications from dynamic presenters to provide 90-minute workshops, multi-session seminars, and panel presentations that will provide conference attendees with transformational new understandings, strategies, ideas, skills, and inspiration for working with youth in all capacities. PYDI and CPI are committed to offering world-class professional development to educators, school administrators, counselors, after-school providers, community coalitions, policy-makers, and other professionals serving youth in an overall effort to foster equity and justice for youth including improving safety, increasing equity of access, increasing student voice and choice, improving on-time graduation rates, and improving overall community and organizational wellness.

Proposal submission website

Proposal details HERE

We Seek:

We are seeking proposals that highlight effective programs and strategies that foster equity and justice for youth across all settings. We are interested in presentations that address equity of program access for children in poverty and new Americans, restorative justice (across all youth-serving settings), disproportionate representation of minority youth and youth in poverty in the justice system, among others. Please submit proposals for presentations that will provide participants with information about creating equitable systems so that all youth have access to opportunities that will allow them to reach their potential regardless of their socioeconomic status and ethnicity. We look forward to reviewing your proposals!

Presentation Length:

Option 1: 75 minutes

Option 2: Two 75 minute session (Part I & Part II)

2018 Plenary Speakers:

Shakti Butler, PhD, filmmaker and Founder & President of World Trust, is a dynamic educator in the field of diversity and racial equity.  Dr. Butler engages audiences with participatory keynotes and workshops, often using clips from her films. Known as a catalyst for change, she is hired by organizations seeking broader support for their diversity & inclusion goals.

Michael Clark, MSW, LMSW is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Michael has trained groups throughout the United States, as well as Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and Micronesia. With over 30 publications to his credit, Michael has important information to share about motivating challenging clients. Michael Clark provides training to national audiences on topics of juvenile justice, substance abuse, mental health, criminal justice, child welfare, education and specialty courts.

Youth Plenary:

Maine Inside Out artists facilitate the creation of original theater to engage the community in dialogue about issues related to incarceration. The tool of theater invites us to recognize ourselves in others and to connect across boundaries.

Maine Inside Out initiates dialogue, develops leadership, and builds community across boundaries with collaborative original theater, inside and outside correctional facilities. We are committed to dismantling all forms of oppression and building a movement for transformative justice in our communities.

Selection Criteria:

To make final selection of learning session proposals, the PYDI and CPI planning team will apply the follow criteria to all applications.


    • Proposal directly addresses equity and justice in youth programs
    • Proposal provides a well-written, clear, and understandable description of the content to be offered; offers detailed outcomes for participants
    • Proposal indicates that the workshop will be co-led by youth and adults (not required, but receives priority)
    • Proposal reflects content that offers new information or perspective to the audience
    • Proposal clearly indicates measurable change/outcomes as a result of the work being done



Presenter Conference Registration: $250*

*for Youth Presenter and Group Presenter rates, please call or write Donna Duffey at 207-642-6270;


To register:


Proposal Deadline: April 20

You will hear back from us by April 27 (at the latest) about your proposal!

Thank you for your leadership in honoring and engaging youth through positive relationships!

Proposal submission website

Proposal details HERE

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