The staff and partners of the John T. Gorman Foundation have kept busy this summer, as you’ll see from this edition of our quarterly newsletter. At the end of June, we announced the organizations who are receiving our 2017 Direct Services Grants, and in this issue, we’ll tell you more about the program and the 48 dedicated grantees that are carrying out important work throughout the state of Maine. We also bring you an update on the Gateway to Opportunity program, a best practice Portland-based summer youth employment initiative which has grown substantially from its pilot year in 2016.
The second cohort of the John T. Gorman Fellows has been hard at work since March, and in this newsletter we check in on the progress of this rigorous results-based leadership program. Another article describes our developing partnership with the Island Institute, which is designed to strengthen the economy of Maine’s rural coastal and island communities.
We’re also pleased to share a new report about Head Start and Early Head Start in Maine, which was produced by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire and which we hope will serve as a helpful resource for those who are interested in the state of this important early childhood program. Finally, we offer our congratulations to the authors of the publication Unsealed Fate: The Unintended Consequences of Inadequate Safeguarding of Juvenile Records in Maine , which was funded by the Foundation and which recently received a national award.
Have a wonderful rest of the summer. As always, I invite you to write me or any of our staff with any questions, comments or suggestions you have about the Foundation’s work.
– Tony Cipollone, President and CEO