Resource Library

COVID-19 Update: The John T. Gorman Foundation is curating a list of resources, emerging best practices, and innovative ideas from across the country to help local organizations serve vulnerable Mainers during the coronavirus outbreak. To access those resources, visit or enter Covid-19 in the keyword search. Those results can be further focused by using the “Filter by” menu above to filter by population type (Young Children, Older Youth, Families, and Seniors) or by clicking the following links: childcare, education, food security, housing, rural areas, and workforce.

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, 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.


A Guide to Juvenile Appellate Practice in Maine

June 16, 2017 – Older Youth

In Maine, juvenile appeals are governed by the Maine Juvenile Code and the Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure. The Juvenile Code broadly dictates the types of rulings that a juvenile may appeal, and the Appellate Rules set out the details of how the appeal must proceed in the Law Court.

Promising Gains, Persistent Gaps: Youth Disconnection in America

March 20, 2017 – Older Youth

Since Measure of America first wrote about youth disconnection half a decade ago, public awareness of both the plight and the promise of young people who are not in either school or the workforce has grown by leaps and bounds.

2016 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

Preparing for the Road Ahead: Helping Young People Transition from Foster Care to Adulthood

August 23, 2016 – Older Youth

Drawing on 15 years’ worth of Opportunity Passport™ participant survey data, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative reflects on its many successes and underscores its vision to help young people transitioning from foster care thrive in the areas of permanence, education, employment, financial capability, housing, physical and mental health and social capital.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Homeless Students in America’s Public Schools

June 17, 2016 – Older Youth

Student homelessness is on the rise, with more than 1.3 million homeless students identified during the 2013-14 school year. This is a 7 percent increase from the previous year and more than double the number of homeless students in 2006-07. As high as these numbers seem, they are almost certainly undercounts. This study provides an overview of existing research on homeless students, sheds light on the challenges homeless students face and the supports they say they need to succeed, reports on the challenges adults – local liaisons and state coordinators – face in trying to help homeless students, and recommends changes in policy and practice at the school, community, state and national level to help homeless students get on a path to adult success.

College Affordability for Maine

May 20, 2016 – Older Youth

This policy brief presents six strategies (with 11 actions) for reducing debt and making post-secondary education more affordable in Maine.

What Works for Disconnected Young People

February 19, 2016 – Older Youth

Disconnected young people are the focus of several recent national initiatives to improve their life prospects. Drawing on interviews and available research, this MDRC Working Paper scans the current state of policy and evidence regarding what works in helping young people reconnect to work or school.

Closing the College Gap: A Roadmap to Postsecondary Readiness and Attainment

December 16, 2015 – Older Youth

As the United States' advantage in educational attainment continues to decline, Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University joined together to release Closing the College Gap: A Roadmap to Post-secondary Readiness and Attainment. The report analyzes new longitudinal data to link the progress made in raising high school graduation rates to what is known about college readiness, access and persistence; the best indicators of a students’ post-secondary success; and the necessary and complementary roles that both the K-12 and higher education systems must play to raise educational attainments and close opportunity gaps

Don't Call Them Dropouts: Understanding the Experiences of Young People Who Leave High School Before Graduation

October 2, 2015 – Older Youth

The Center for Promise research team traveled across the country to investigate these initial research questions: What do young people say about why they leave high school before graduating? What circumstances surrounded the decision to leave? What were students' lives like when they left school, and what effects did leaving school have on them and their families? Why do young people say they come back to school? What opportunities do young people have to re-engage after leaving school, and what barriers do they encounter along the way?

Maine High School Graduates: Trends in College - Going, Persistence, and Completion

August 13, 2015 – Older Youth

partnership with the Maine Department of Education and the National Student Clearinghouse, the Mitchell Institute distributes detailed reports on recent graduates’ college enrollment trends to all Maine public high schools. We also aggregate these data into state and regional estimates to provide context and inform policymakers and the public about these trends.

White House Paper on Opportunity Youth

March 13, 2015 – Older Youth

The White House Council for Community Solutions conducted extensive research and outreach to learn about community collaboration and pathways to employment for youth. On June 4, 2012 the Council presented its Final Report and Recommendations to the President via the White House Paper on Opportunity Youth.

Forever in Your Debt: Who Has Student Loan Debt, and Who’s Worried?

March 13, 2015 – Older Youth

The data for this brief comes from the 2012 National Financial Capability State-by-State Survey, sponsored by the FINRA Investor Educational Foundation and developed in consultation with several federal agencies and the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability.