Resource Library

The John T. Gorman Foundation strives to be data-driven and results based and seeks to promote information and ideas that advance greater understanding of issues related to our mission and priorities. In our effort to promote these values and inform the work on our priority areas, we offer these research and best practice resources collected from reputable sources across the country. The library also includes briefs and reports the Foundation has commissioned or supported, a listing of which can be found here.

We invite you to check back often, as this list is regularly updated.

 

From Pipelines to Place-Based Strategies for Maine's Older Youth

October 30, 2019 – Older Youth

There are currently 174,500 youth aged 14-24 who are transitioning to adulthood in Maine. Approximately 1,300 Maine youth are experiencing homelessness, 9,400 are disconnected from school, 8,200 are receiving behavioral health services, 13,400 are involved with the child welfare system, and 2,600 are involved with the juvenile justice system.In order to reduce these numbers and develop the best continuum of care for Maine youth, there must be a better understanding of the factors that are occurring within Maine communities. This knowledge is critical to implement the recommendations in the first report of this series, Place Matters: Aligning Investments in a Community-Based Continuum of Care for Maine Youth Transitioning to Adulthood. To help guide and inform the implementation of that first report’s recommendations, this report addresses data resources. It presents data snapshots of the all sixteen counties in Maine for a number of measures that are related to system involvement. The John T. Gorman Foundation provided funding for this report. *JTGF-funded

Employment Experiences Among First Place-Involved Youth

April 26, 2019 – Older Youth

Funded by the John T. Gorman Foundation, the following brief focuses on the employment experiences of youth experiencing homelessness or with prior experiences of homelessness in Portland, ME. It is the second brief that describes the life experiences of youth participating in Preble Street’s First Place program. The first brief examined the housing stability experiences of youth in the program. The brief include four key takeaways: 1) Securing employment rarely leads to immediate self-sufficiency, 2) Of First Place youth with known employment experiences, more than half had some connection to the workforce during the study period, but most often only episodically. 3) Employment is especially difficult to secure and sustain for young people experiencing homelessness. 4) Youth employment and housing stability can be self-reinforcing. *JTGF-funded

Place Matters: Aligning Investments in a Community-Based Continuum of Care for Maine Youth Transitioning to Adulthood

March 7, 2019 – Older Youth

Maine should invest in a continuum of community-based alternatives for youth ages 14 to 25 instead of facilities like Long Creek Youth Development Center, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine School of Law. The report, "Place Matters: Aligning Investments in a Community-Based Continuum of Care for Maine Youth Transitioning to Adulthood," provides a continuum care model for Maine as well as several recommendations for policymakers. The John T. Gorman Foundation provided funding for this report. *JTGF-funded

Housing Stability Among First Place-Involved Youth

January 14, 2019 – Older Youth

Funded by the John T. Gorman Foundation, The following brief on housing stability of youth experiencing homelessness or with prior experiences of homelessness in Portland, ME is the first in a series of briefs on the experiences of First Place program participants. The Evaluation of the First Place Program examined the experiences of 35 youth who accessed Preble Street’s First Place program between 2015 and 2018. The study included two core components: an implementation study and a qualitative youth study. The implementation study explored how the program was designed, implemented, and modified over time. The descriptive youth study examined youth characteristics and experiences in the following domains: housing, employment, education, risk behaviors, demographic characteristics, and social and emotional well-being. Program participants were interviewed at the time of program enrollment and again 12 months later to capture changes in youth experiences over the program period. In addition, some youth were interviewed 24 – 30 months after baseline to collect detailed information about their housing, employment, and education experiences. These data were supplemented with in-depth case story interviews with three youth several times over the study period (Exhibit 1). *JTGF-funded

2018 Education Indicators for Maine

November 14, 2018 – Older Youth, Young Children

Educate Maine has issued the 6th installment of this annual report that provides data snapshots of Maine’s education system from early childhood through postsecondary. The data in the report measures access, participation, and performance across the system. No one indicator tells a complete story. Taken together, they do provide the reader a view of what is working well and where we need  to invest more time and resources. The John T. Gorman Foundation provided funding for this report. *JTGF-funded

From Adolescence to Adulthood: A Blueprint for Helping Maine’s Youth Succeed

July 31, 2018 – Young Children

All young people deserve an equal chance to be healthy, happy, safe, and nurtured as they transition from adolescence to adulthood. Unfortunately, not all young people in Maine have the essential support needed to successfully make this transition and reach their full potential. This report highlights the needs of an all too often hidden and underserved group of Maine’s young people. This group faces unique obstacles in the transition to adulthood because they are homeless or involved in the state’s foster care or juvenile justice systems. The report from the John T. Gorman Foundation also shares some promising approaches underway in Maine that can be scaled up to help all young people succeed in school, at work, and in their relationships. Finally, it recommends how state leaders can act now to create better opportunities for young people and improve the odds that they can contribute to Maine’s future economic and civic success. *JTGF-funded

Policy Brief: Maine Benefits Cliff

May 3, 2018 – Families

Funded by the John T. Gorman Foundation, this report maps the benefits cliff in Maine--a period during which rising family income is offset by reductions in eligibility for public assistance. *JTGF-funded

Juvenile Diversion Programs of Lewiston, Maine - Final Evaluation Report

October 20, 2017 – Older Youth

From January 2016 through June 2017, the John T.Gorman Foundation funded three organizations: Tree Street Youth, Inc., The Root Cellar, and Maine Immigrant Refugee Services to provide diversion services to youth in the juvenile justice system in Lewiston, Maine. As part of the project, the Foundation contracted with Hornby Zeller Associates to conduct an evaluation of the programs to better understand the implementation process and the outcomes of the youth served during the course of the eighteen-month grant period. This report details the findings from the evaluation and describes the characteristics of youth served, program implementation and activities conducted by the three programs, and the youth’s outcomes. *JTGF-funded

Maine Head Start Report: 2017

June 25, 2017 – Young Children

The John T. Gorman Foundation provided funding for this report to provide a snapshot of Maine families served by Head Start.The state of Maine has sixteen Head Start grantees, operating eleven Head Start (HS) programs, three American Indian & Alaska Native Head Start (AIAN HS) programs, and thirteen Early Head Start (EHS) programs (see Table 1). In the 2015–2016 program year, sites operated by these sixteen grantees served 4,126 children and pregnant women. The majority of Maine Head Start enrollees (88 percent) participate in a center-based program; the most popular program option is part-week (four days) enrollment in a center (Figure 1). Most children (91 percent) enrolled in part-week programs are also enrolled for part-day programming (6 hours or fewer per day). *JTGF-funded

Toward a More Equal Footing: Early Head Start in Maine

May 23, 2017 – Young Children

One program that connects the most economically vulnerable families with quality early childhood programming is Early Head Start (EHS). Subject to rigorous quality and staffing standards, implemented among the youngest children (prenatally through age 2), and delivered via a two-generation approach, EHS is a significant opportunity for providing quality care and education to a population that might otherwise struggle to access it. Funded by the John T. Gorman Foundation, this brief explores the characteristics of EHS in Maine, compares them to the national landscape, and connects these findings to a discussion of the federal and state policy climates. *JTGF-funded

Unsealed Fate: THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF INADEQUATE SAFEGUARDING OF JUVENILE RECORDS IN MAINE

April 1, 2017 – Older Youth

Studies across the country are finding that limited safeguarding of juvenile records stemming from involvement in the juvenile justice system puts individuals at risk of facing collateral consequences, including difficulty obtaining employment and housing or serving in the military. This report explores the extent to which this issue is occurring in Maine by detailing what statutes say, what practices look like and what the implications are for individuals in Maine with a juvenile record. The goal of this report is to provide policy makers, the public and juvenile justice system practitioners with research about what those closest to the system understand about how records are handled and accessed, the impact of juvenile records and what improvements could be made that are consistent with the rehabilitative and public safety goals of the juvenile justice system in Maine. The John T. Gorman Foundation provided funding for this report. *JTGF-funded

Education Indicators for Maine

October 25, 2016 – Young Children, Older Youth

The 2016 Education Indicators Report for Maine has been developed to explore and better understand Maine’s education pipeline from preschool through postsecondary education. The focus is on the 10 Indicators we have identified which we believe best measure Maine’s educational performance. The ten Indicators that we measure follow the path of each Maine child as he or she grows and learns. The John T. Gorman Foundation provided funding for this report. *JTGF-funded