The 2014 Positive Youth Development Institute and Summer Training Academy

Biddeford, Maine
Monday, July 21, 2014

The 2014 Positive Youth Development Institute and Summer Training Academy
Monday, July 21, 2014 8:00 AM -
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

The University of New England
11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, Maine 04005
United States

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CEU Eligible!
Earn 1.6 CEUs for full 2 day attendance

The 2014 Positive Youth Development Institute (PYDI) welcomes you the Southern Maine Coast!

The PYDI Purpose: To enable adults who work with young people to expand their understanding of the methods, theory, and research that support effective youth engagement and overall youth development. We give emphasis to practical strategies shown to result in meaningful change.

The PYDI Audience: Educators, administrators, community members, afterschool program staff/directors, youth development program staff, juvenile justice workers, and any other youth-serving professionals or volunteers. 

PYDI Agenda

Interactive Workshop List

Keynote Speakers include:       

Rusty Clifford, Ph. D., 2013 Ohio Superintendent of the Year—Dr. Clifford is a dynamic and engaging speaker who offers real-life, practical strategies rooted in good science and PYD principles. In his opening keynote address,  21st Century Assets—The Hidden Drivers of Excellence, Dr. Clifford will discuss how his district has employed a PYD framework for exploring, executing, and energizing a “collective effort” regarding prominent educational issues such as Education Reform, Learning Standards, and Graduation Requirements.  While addressing the impact their effort has had in these arenas, his presentation will emphasize how relationships are the basis for building assets – every day, every place, every time.

Mr. Richard Gold, founded the Pongo Teen Writing Project, a program that facilitates poetry with youth who’ve suffered traumas such as abuse and neglect. During 19 years, Pongo has worked with over 6,000 teens in juvenile detention, homeless shelters, and psychiatric hospitals. Pongo poetry helps youth understand their feelings, build self-esteem, and develop valuable coping skills. Richard’s recently published book is Writing with At-Risk Youth: The Pongo Teen Writing Method (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2014). He has been honored by Bill and Melinda Gates and the Microsoft Alumni Foundation. Richard’s keynote is entitled: Resilience and Joy through Pongo Poetry.

Erin Walsh, M.A., Erin was an instrumental force in the creation of the MediaWise movement and played a key role in the operations of the National Institute on Media and the Family in Minneapolis, MN. She is a national speaker with Bolster Collaborative and Mind Positive Parenting and will explore the neurological basis of executive function skills like patience, perseverance, determination, and self-discipline and explain some of the major challenges to nurturing them in youth during Tuesday’s luncheon. Her keynote is entitled: Wired to Connect: Why Relationships Are the Fuel of Healthy Youth Development.

Interactive Breakout Sessions

Numerous high-quality, interactive breakout sessions will be offered, featuring presenters from across the United States. Practical strategies based on strength-based PYD principles will be provided from various program and organizational settings. You are sure to find numerous “gems” to integrate into your daily practice! Final selections will be made in early May and posted on this website for your consideration.

Summer Training Academy

July 23, 2014
University of New England

Following the Institute, Bolster Collaborative will offer their inaugural Summer Training Academy. Two limited enrollment events will be offered on July 23 on the campus of the University of New England.

OPTION 1: Charting the Course: Successful Strategies in Youth Development

This high-energy, interactive workshop will provide a wealth of positive youth development implementation strategies, complete with the details you will need to replicate them in your own setting.  Facilitated by Bolster Collaborative Senior Trainer Marilyn Peplau and Ohio’s Superintendent of the Year Rusty Clifford, the session contains practical, easy-to-implement techniques to deepen your practice in Positive Youth Development (PYD).  Information shared is drawn from communities across North America implementing a PYD framework.  Participants will be provided a one-year membership to the resources of the Bolster Collaborative website (a $99 value!) in addition to materials provided throughout the session.

Registration Fee (Materials included): $199.00

OPTION 2: Say Yes to No: Training of Trainers

The Say Yes to No Train the Trainers workshop provides all necessary materials for parent educators or trainers to deliver the five (5) session Say Yes to No Parenting Program and helps leaders gain a clear understanding of the overall concepts found in the book No, Why Kids-of All Ages-Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It (David Walsh, Ph.D. 2007). A comprehensive program kit is included in the materials fee, including a comprehensive Leader’s Guide and Trainer’s DVD.

Registration Fee of $199.00 + Materials Fee of $150.00 ($295 Value)= $349.00


Conference Suites at the University of New England
Suite style A. consists of 4 single bedrooms and Style B consists of one double and two single bedrooms.  Each suite has a kitchenette with a full-sized refrigerator, cabinets, microwave, and sink.

Single room:  $71.00 per night
Double room:  $51.00 per night (limited number of double rooms)

Reservations for UNE Conference Suites may be made within registration site on the merchandise page.

We have also reserved a select number of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express,
45 Barra Rd, Biddeford, ME 04005, for your convenience.

A variety of rooms are available: the king size bed rooms are oversized with a sleeper sofa and the double bed options are designed with a lounge chair sitting area  All the rooms have mini fridge and microwave and include a complimentary breakfast every morning.

All rooms are priced at $150.00 per 2 person occupancy, each additional occupant is $10.00.
Rooms can be reserved by calling 207-294-6464207-294-6464 and anyone at the front desk can reserve the rooms for your guest.

Please use group code:  ASN  - only by mentioning this 3 letter rate code will the rate be available.

All room reservations at the Holiday Inn Express must be made by June 20, any room request after that day is based upon availability and the group/discounted rate will no longer be accessible.  Hotels in this area are in high demand in July, please book early. 


Contact Information

  • Donna Duffey
    Bolster Collaborative
    PO Box 338
    Gorham,  ME  04038

    phone: 1-800-294-4322

Payment Instructions

  • Make checks payable to:
    Bolster Collaborative
    and mail to

    PO Box 338
    Gorham, Maine 04038

    Purchase orders may be emailed to
    If paying by PO please make sure your billing address matches the PO address.
    Confirmation is not final until PO is received.

    Refunds will be issued for cancellations made by July 10, 2014. No refunds will be issued after July 10, 2014.

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