It finally feels like spring in most of Maine, and with the prospect of even warmer weather on the horizon, we wanted to take a few moments to update you on the progress of some of the work that the John T. Gorman Foundation is undertaking to improve the lives of children, youth, and families around the state.
In this issue, we check in with the first cohort of John T. Gorman Fellows. They finished the formal curriculum of the program back in November, but they’ve continued to apply the lessons they’ve learned at their organizations and in their collaborations together. For those interested in becoming part of this growing leadership program, we invite you to apply to the next cohort of the John T. Gorman Fellowship when the application launches on our website on June 17 th.
With summer just around the corner, we give an overview of two projects designed to provide enrichment over the school vacation period. Our summer learning initiative will reach even more children as we expand our partnerships with school districts and community based organizations, and the new Gateway to Opportunity program, which we’re proud to support, will connect young people in the Portland area with meaningful employment during their break.
We also reflect on our productive relationship with the Maine Community College System, highlighting some of the work we’ve done together to help students at campuses across the state achieve their educational and employment goals. Finally, we highlight the terrific Community Aging in Place program of Bath Housing, which lets seniors stay in their own homes longer through modest safety updates and improvements.
As ever, I invite you to be in touch with any questions, comments, or ideas related to our work. Thanks.
-Tony Cipollone, President and CEO