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Noted Expert Shares Research on Adolescent Brain Development

November 29, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

[caption id="attachment_3400" align="alignleft" width="390"] Dr. Elizabeth Caufman[/caption] As part of our commitment to helping vulnerable young people in Maine successfully transition to adulthood, the John T. Gorman Foundation believes that everyone who works with and serves those young people should be up-to-date on the latest research about adolescent brain development—and how the circumstances in which kids grow up might affect that process. That’s why on the morning of September 13th, we organized a forum in…

An Outstanding First Summer for Gateway to Opportunity

November 29, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

In the spring, the John T. Gorman Foundation announced our support of a new pilot program designed to offer young people in the Portland area the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience over the summer. The Gateway to Opportunity (G2O) initiative now has its first summer in the books—and by all measures, it was an immense success. The initiative was designed in line with national best practices, and benefited from advising provided by national workforce…

Eastern Maine Skippers Program Offers a Pathway to Success for Down East Students

November 29, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

Faced with a growing dropout rate that raised concerns about the economic future of Hancock and Washington counties, schools in the Down East region recognized that something needed to be done to help ensure that young people had the skills and abilities to contribute to the continued prosperity of their communities. That’s why they and the Penobscot East Resource Center created the Eastern Maine Skippers Program, in which the John T. Gorman Foundation has made…

Preble Street’s First Place Helps Vulnerable Teens Find Stability

November 29, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

Young people experiencing homelessness are among the most vulnerable members of our community, as they often have neither the skills they need to care for themselves nor the support network they need to overcome tough circumstances. Preble Street, an organization that provides barrier-free services to empower people experiencing homelessness, hunger and poverty, plays a crucial role for homeless youth in the Portland area. The organization’s best practices-driven approach helps young clients achieve stability through permanent…

Summer 2016 Newsletter

August 25, 2016 – Newsletters

As another beautiful Maine summer draws to a close, and with back to school just around the corner, we wanted to take a moment to update you on some of the recent news from the John T. Gorman Foundation. In this issue, we'll give you details on our 2016 Direct Services Grant Program, through which we distributed $1 million in funding to 60 organizations doing critical work in all 16 counties of the state. We'll…

Axiom Education & Training Center Strengthens Washington County's Workforce

August 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

[caption id="attachment_3411" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A graduate of Axiom Education & Training Center's certificate program with his family.[/caption] In rural Washington County, which has the highest unemployment rate in the state of Maine, economic development initiatives have real power to change lives. Susan Corbett, CEO of Machias-based IT firm Axiom Technologies, believes this strongly—so strongly, in fact, that a few years ago she launched Axiom Education & Training Center, a not-for-profit dedicated solely to helping residents…

Grantee Profile: Starting Strong

August 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

  [caption id="attachment_3408" align="alignleft" width="400"] Portland Public Schools students in a Starting Strong program.[/caption] Since 2013, the John T. Gorman Foundation has invested in Starting Strong, an initiative that brings together more than 30 partners from the Portland area to focus on the common goal of ensuring that all children in the district can read proficiently by the end of third grade. The Foundation is a committed partner in the effort. In fact, Starting Strong's…

The Opportunity Alliance Places Results at the Center of Its Approach

August 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

As the Community Action Agency serving Maine’s most populous region, The Opportunity Alliance (TOA) seeks to help Cumberland County residents live better lives by offering over 40 programs that provide mental health, early education, housing and other services. Running such a large-scale operation is complex. After a 2011 merger expanded TOA’s reach, its leadership recognized the opportunity to improve client outcomes by better coordinating programs and services – both internally and with other organizations. With…