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Kids who commit crimes in Maine still pay long after they turn 18

Kids who commit crimes in Maine still pay long after they turn 18

Jake Bleiberg - Bangor Daily News – In 2015, Maine law enforcement arrested minors  3,547 times.  While many of these arrests never led to a courtroom appearance, they all generated an arrest tracking number, marking the creation of a juvenile criminal record. In Maine, these paper trails can continue to affect people for the rest of their lives — even when they believe the documents are blocked from... ... [Read More]
Our View: Immigrant EMT training will have broad benefits

Our View: Immigrant EMT training will have broad benefits

Editorial Board - Press Herald – Southern Maine Community College recently began helping new immigrants with a background in health care to earn their certification as EMTs. After completing the course, students are prepared to take state exams, and, if they are successful, to fill in-demand roles with fire departments and ambulance companies. ... [Read More]
Island Institute launches program for small businesses

Island Institute launches program for small businesses

MaineBix – The John T. Gorman Foundation is helping to back a new program from the Island Institute to fund coastal and island businesses. The Island Institute, which announced the Island and Coast Business Launchpad program March 8 in its  Working Waterfront  publication, aims to help entrepreneurs in "geographically isolated communities." ... [Read More]
How immigrants are learning to save lives in Maine

How immigrants are learning to save lives in Maine

Troy R. Bennett - Bangor Daily News – The ESOL-to-EMT program — short for English for speakers of other languages to emergency medical technicians — is the first of its kind in the state. It’s designed especially for new Mainers. The course teaches students to be language interpreters and state-certified EMTs. It also gives special language support as the students take the class in English. The program... ... [Read More]
LA CA$H rolls out free tax prep service

LA CA$H rolls out free tax prep service

Andrew Rice - Sun Journal – Now in its 14th year, the LA CA$H Coalition is reminding residents it is rolling out its free income tax preparation program for 2017, available to people with household incomes of less than $54,000 in 2016. ... [Read More]
A highway out of poverty

A highway out of poverty

Bangor Daily News – Family Futures Downeast (FFD) is a one-year program that creates access to post-secondary and employment opportunities for parents with young children in Washington County, Maine. The fledgling program has attracted national attention, being designated as one of just ten Rural IMPACT sites through the White House Rural Council. ... [Read More]

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