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Portland program provides low-income teens with summer jobs

Portland program provides low-income teens with summer jobs

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... ... [Read More]
Kids who commit crimes in Maine still pay long after they turn 18

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

Jake Bleiberg - Bangor Daily 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... ... [Read More]
Our View: Immigrant EMT training will have broad benefits

Our View: Immigrant EMT training will have broad benefits

Editorial Board - Press Herald – Southern Maine Community College recently began helping new immigrants with a background in health care to earn their certification as EMTs. After completing the course, students are prepared to take state exams, and, if they are successful, to fill in-demand roles with fire departments and ambulance companies. ... [Read More]
Island Institute launches program for small businesses

Island Institute launches program for small businesses

MaineBix – 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." ... [Read More]
How immigrants are learning to save lives in Maine

How immigrants are learning to save lives in Maine

Troy R. Bennett - Bangor Daily News – The ESOL-to-EMT program — short for English for speakers of other languages to emergency medical technicians — is the first of its kind in the state. It’s designed especially for new Mainers. The course teaches students to be language interpreters and state-certified EMTs. It also gives special language support as the students take the class in English. The program... ... [Read More]

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