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Second Summer for Gateway to Opportunity

August 8, 2017 – JTGF News & Updates

[caption id="attachment_3358" align="alignleft" width="300"] A G2O participant at the Avesta program site.[/caption] For economically disadvantaged teens in Maine, a good summer job has the potential to be truly life-changing. That’s because researchers have linked learning-rich summer work experiences to positive outcomes for vulnerable young people, such as increased school attendance, better test scores and stronger work readiness skills. In recognition of this evidence, in 2016 the John T. Gorman Foundation and the Maine Economic Improvement…

2017 John T. Gorman Fellows Continue to Apply Results-Based Thinking

August 8, 2017 – JTGF News & Updates

[caption id="attachment_3355" align="alignleft" width="400"] John T. Gorman Fellows Stephanie Hamel, Eliza Townsend, and Cat Hamel (l to r) at the August 2017 Fellowship Seminar.[/caption] The 12 fellows in the second cohort of the John T. Gorman Fellowship are now just over the halfway point of their work together. The biannual Fellowship, which the Foundation launched in 2015, is designed to help these nonprofit and public sector leaders from across the state become more results-focused and…

Island Institute Galvanizes Rural Coastal Economy

August 8, 2017 – JTGF News & Updates

For Maine’s rural island and coastal communities, fishing—especially lobstering —has been a way of life for as long as most can remember. But the shifting economy and the changing coastal ecosystem mean that the outlook for the industry is uncertain. As a result, many residents are seeking ways to stay on the water and support their families in more reliable ways. The Island Institute, whose mission is to sustain Maine’s island and coastal communities through…

Forecaster: Portland program provides low-income teens with summer jobs

June 28, 2017 – Grantees in the News

"PORTLAND — Helping low-income youth find meaningful summer work that will help them build career skills is the goal of a new program focused on the city’s three public high schools. Sponsored by the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy at USM’s Muskie School of Public Service, and Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, the Gateway to Opportunity program is providing paid internships to 45 students this summer. The students will work 20 hours a week…

John T. Gorman Foundation Gives 48 Grants to Support Mainers in All 16 Counties

June 19, 2017 – Press Releases

Nonprofits Providing Services Related to Mental Health, Cancer and Basic Needs Receive Funding Portland - The John T. Gorman Foundation is awarding $800,000 to 48 Maine nonprofits through its annual Direct Services Grant Program. Through this support, the Foundation will partner with organizations who are working to meet the immediate needs of Maine’s most vulnerable people. The Foundation’s funding is being awarded to a diverse group of organizations distributed throughout the state. These range from…

Spring 2017 Newsletter

June 8, 2017 – Newsletters

Now that we're well into another short-lived spring, we wanted to bring you up to date on some of the Foundation's recent activities. In this issue of our quarterly newsletter, you'll find stories that cover a wide range of efforts that are working to improve the lives of disadvantaged people around the state. We highlight examples of programs that are strengthening Maine's workforce, and in our first article we share details about some the efforts…

Foundation Invests in Maine's Workforce

May 31, 2017 – JTGF News & Updates

[caption id="attachment_3371" align="alignleft" width="400"] Students in Southern Maine Community College's ESOL to EMT program.[/caption] One of the core principles of the John T. Gorman Foundation is that all people in Maine should have access to good jobs with growth potential. That’s why we invest in workforce development initiatives designed to help Mainers achieve the skills they need to secure and keep those jobs. We’re proud that one such program has attracted both local and national attention—the…

Two-Generation Strategies Help Children and their Parents Thrive

May 31, 2017 – JTGF News & Updates

Low-income families with young children – of which there are 40,000 here in Maine – often face daily obstacles that can lead to lifelong difficulties for their kids. For instance, if a parent loses access to reliable child care, he or she might not be able to work enough hours to support a family—or might even lose a job entirely. Those lost wages can push a family deeper into poverty. Research tells us that children…