Registration Now Open!

Conference held at Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, Maine.

  • 10% discount for teams of five or more.
  • Easy payment options include organizational purchase orders, check, and credit card.
  • CEUs (University of Maine) are available for both pre-conference and conference events.

About Creating Positive Climates for Youth

The Maine Event: Creating Positive Climates for Youth is the 2017 combined annual conference of the Positive Youth Development Institute (PYDI) and the Collaborative for Perpetual Innovation (CPI). For professionals interacting with youth in or out of school, this conference offers the latest in research and practice in creating climates positive for everyone and strategies in social trust and youth development. Come visit the beautiful state of Maine this June and attend. Click here for more info!

Keynote Speakers 

Dr. Philip Lanoue (2015 National Superintendent of the Year):
Our Children’s Success is Our Responsibility.
If ALL students are to be successful, educational and community organizations must step beyond “transformational” and “ownership” rhetoric to collectively engage in the right conversations that challenge current beliefs and practices. This presentation examines how shared core beliefs about children can change the ways communities work together so young people can realize their hopes and dreams.


Mr. Frank DeAngelis:
Any Given Day: Leadership Lessons from Columbine and Beyond.

The tragedy at Columbine redefined the nation. Frank DeAngelis shares a story of recovery and community building. Mr. DeAngelis shares his own process of dealing with PTSD and openly describes personal experiences that resulted because of the tragedy. He shares information on effective leadership and provides meaningful information about school safety and information about building school communities of high engagement



About Summer Training Academy 

The Summer Training Academy is a premier pre-conference opportunity sponsored by Bolster Collaborative to improve your work with young people by learning from nationally recognized trainers. These sessions strengthen skills, expand knowledge, and improve practice through the in-depth exploration of content that is not possible in a conference setting.

To see this year’s offerings, click here.

Experience the Positive Youth Development Institute