Engaging Decision-Makers, Empowering Youth

Maine Young People’s Caucus helps youth inform decision-makers about the issues that impact them The committee room at the State House in Augusta was packed on May 30, with each seat at the committee table taken and standing room only for the audience. Legislators and state administrators carried on a spirited dialogue with citizens this… 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 »

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 »

New Report Looks at Long-Term Effects of Juvenile Records

The guiding principle behind the juvenile justice system is to help young people take responsibility for their actions and learn from their mistakes so that they can put the past behind them. In fact, research shows that most young offenders effectively outgrow risky behavior and don’t commit crimes as adults. But a new report from… Read more »

Noted Expert Shares Research on Adolescent Brain Development

As part of our commitment to helping vulnerable young people in Maine successfully transition to adulthood, the John T. Gorman Foundation believes that everyone who works with and serves those young people should be up-to-date on the latest research about adolescent brain development—and how the circumstances in which kids grow up might affect that process.… Read more »