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Lewiston is America’s First Small City to Receive HUD Choice Grant

May 14, 2018 – JTGF News & Updates

If you grew up in Lewiston’s Tree Street neighborhood, you knew there was a problem with the housing stock. Lead rates three times higher than anywhere else in the state. A series of fires that terrorized the neighborhood and displaced hundreds of people. Mold coating the walls of kitchens. The poor housing stock was the great unspoken secret of that neighborhood. To many, the problem felt too big and the resources too scarce to make…

Combining Forces to Improve Outcomes for Youth At-Risk

November 27, 2017 – JTGF News & Updates

[caption id="attachment_3349" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tree Street youth taking a hike.[/caption] At the John T. Gorman Foundation, we know that successful transition to adulthood can be difficult, even in the best of circumstances. But for those who face significant life challenges – including contact with the juvenile justice system – the transition is even harder. That’s why the Foundation took a strategic approach to funding three organizations working with youth in the juvenile justice system in…

LEAPing from Foster Care to College and Careers ? With Help from Caring Adults and Groups

November 27, 2017 – JTGF News & Updates

Only 3 percent of youth who age out of the foster care system in Maine earn a college degree. For youth in that same age group who are not involved in foster care, 38 percent earn a degree. To counter that disparity, the Foundation is supporting Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP), an initiative that aims to provide older youth transitioning out of foster care with case management, educational supports, job counseling, financial literacy…

Exciting Work Continues in Portland to Support Youth from Birth through Adulthood

November 27, 2017 – JTGF News & Updates

  Since 2013, the John T. Gorman Foundation has invested in Starting Strong, the early education component of ConnectED, a Portland-based cradle-to-career initiative. The Starting Strong effort brings more than 30 partners from the Portland area together around common goals. Ensuring that all children enter school ready to learn and succeed and that all children read proficiently by the end of the third grade is well aligned with the Foundation’s priority of improving educational achievement…

Convening Brings People Together Across the Spectrum to Support the Whole Family

November 27, 2017 – JTGF News & Updates

As the Foundation gets smarter about the work we’re doing to help improve the lives of people in Maine, we’ve realized that it’s critically important to become more intentional about having a whole family, two-generation approach to both individual programs and overall systems change. This thinking is in line with that of many other states, which have been reconsidering how they assist low-income parents to become economically independent. This is why we helped support a…

New Report Looks at State of Early Head Start in Maine

August 8, 2017 – JTGF News & Updates

Researchers have consistently made the case that investing in our youngest kids’ educational enrichment pays off down the line, finding anywhere from a 7-to-1 to a 13-to-1 return on initial investment. Head Start, the federally funded early education program that’s celebrating its 52nd year, is widely recognized as an effective vehicle for this kind of investment through high-quality learning experiences for young children who are economically disadvantaged. Early Head Start is the component of the…

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…