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Summer Learning Keeps Young Readers On Track

May 31, 2017 – JTGF News & Updates

[caption id="attachment_3364" align="alignleft" width="300"] Children participating in the 2016 summer learning initiative at the Boys and Girls Club of Bangor[/caption] Summer is just around the corner—which means that planning for the Foundation’s summer learning initiative is well underway. Now in its fourth year, the initiative is based on the understanding that low-income students lose on average two months of learning during the long break from school, and that this lost ground contributes to the achievement…

Lacking EMTs, an Aging Maine Turns to Immigrants

March 28, 2017 – Grantees in the News

SOUTH PORTLAND, Me. — Jolly Ntirumenyerwa ran her fingers over the stethoscope that she had slung around her neck. It was a comforting connection to her career as a physician in her home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she worked in emergency medicine. Her credentials did not transfer when she moved to the United States in 2012, and she could not work as a doctor. So, she took jobs as a health aide…

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

March 17, 2017 – Grantees in the 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 public view. Unlike many other states and contrary to popular belief, Maine does not…

Our View: Immigrant EMT training will have broad benefits

March 17, 2017 – Grantees in the News

The aging of Maine’s population has two effects on the delivery of emergency services, and neither one is good. One is that there is more demand for service from people who need help from an ambulance crew. The other is a smaller population of young people to get their Emergency Medical Technician certification and answer the call. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="339"] Jolly Ntirumenyerwa of Portland, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, performs CPR on…

Island Institute launches program for small businesses

March 17, 2017 – Grantees in the News

Lobster boats in the harbor of Isle au Haut. Nearly 50% of the community's year-round residents make their living as lobstermen. 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." The program will include an "innovation fund,"…

Winter 2017 Newsletter

March 15, 2017 – Newsletters

Throughout these chilly months, groups across the State continue to work hard to expand supports and opportunities for disadvantaged Mainers.  In this Winter Issue of our John T. Gorman Foundation Newsletter, we want to update you about some of the great work being done by grantees and other partners around Maine. We'll begin by introducing you to the new cohort of John T. Gorman Fellows, who will kick off their work together at the end…

New Cohort of John T. Gorman Fellows Begins Their Work

March 14, 2017 – JTGF News & Updates

[caption id="attachment_3384" align="alignleft" width="400"] The 2017 John T. Gorman Fellows. Top Row: Angela Atkinson Duina, Cat Hamel, Eliza Townsend, Jason Parent. Middle Row: James Martin, Jenna Mehnert, Kaylene Mitchell, Liz Cotter Schlax. Bottom Row: Rilwan Osman, Robyn Merrill, Shawn Yardley, Stephanie LeBlanc.[/caption] In January, the Foundation was pleased to announce the second cohort of the John T. Gorman Fellowship, a leadership program in Maine for select nonprofit and public sector professionals. The Fellowship aims to…

Construction-Sector Workforce Initiative Trains Jobseekers in Lewiston

March 14, 2017 – JTGF News & Updates

  Contractors throughout Maine currently face a quandary—they have plenty of work on their job sites, but they can’t recruit enough skilled employees to fill their openings. At the same time, many unemployed Mainers want jobs and could benefit from the steady work that they’d receive in the construction trade, but don’t have the right skills to be attractive to those employers. To help address both these problems, the John T. Gorman Foundation is supporting…