COVID Crisis Spurs Innovation in Maine’s Juvenile Justice System

By Lisa Margulies, Esq., John T. Gorman Foundation Program Associate  Stakeholders across the state have worked to enhance Maine’s juvenile justice system for years. A particular area of focus has been decreasing the number of youth in Long Creek Youth Development Center due to growing recognition and agreement that many justice-involved youth do not pose… Read more »

Foundation Grant Supports Maine Public Series on Youth Homelessness

  As part of a Foundation grant to support reporting on older youth issue, Maine Public has produced and aired a weeklong series on youth homelessness. The five stories below, along with two Maine Callings, do a great job capturing the hard realities homeless youth face, the way Maine communities are working to help them,… Read more »

Supporting Mental Health in Oxford County

Research on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) clearly outlines the connections between the traumatic experiences of poverty and poor educational, behavioral and physical health outcomes. This is true nationally and here in Maine. Oxford County is one illustration of these connections. It’s a community where 20% of children under 18 live in poverty (vs 16.7% statewide)… Read more »

Spotlight on Older Youth

The work of the John T. Gorman Foundation focuses on four priority populations, Young Children, Older Youth, Families and Seniors. At the start of the summer, we issued our inaugural policy brief, “From Adolescence to Adulthood: A Blueprint for Helping Maine Youth Succeed.” The brief aims to improve public understanding about issues facing youth who… Read more »

Gateway to Opportunity: Opening More Doors for Youth in Maine

It’s no secret that the employees of the John T. Gorman Foundation are passionate about their work. We feel a deep urgency in our work, and we’re excited about the outcomes created by our community partners. Spend a few minutes in senior program associate Sara Gagné-Holmes’ office, and you’ll walk out feeling inspired about the… Read more »

Combining Forces to Improve Outcomes for Youth At-Risk

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… Read more »

Second Summer for Gateway to Opportunity

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… Read more »