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 »

Summer Learning Keeps Young Readers On Track

Summer is just around the corner—which means that planning for the Foundation’s summer learning initiative is well underway. Now in its fourth year, the initiative is based on the understanding that low-income students lose on average two months of learning during the long break from school, and that this lost ground contributes to the achievement… Read more »

Preble Street’s First Place Helps Vulnerable Teens Find Stability

Young people experiencing homelessness are among the most vulnerable members of our community, as they often have neither the skills they need to care for themselves nor the support network they need to overcome tough circumstances. Preble Street, an organization that provides barrier-free services to empower people experiencing homelessness, hunger and poverty, plays a crucial… Read more »

Grantee Profile: Starting Strong

  Since 2013, the John T. Gorman Foundation has invested in Starting Strong, an initiative that brings together more than 30 partners from the Portland area to focus on the common goal of ensuring that all children in the district can read proficiently by the end of third grade. The Foundation is a committed partner… Read more »

The Opportunity Alliance Places Results at the Center of Its Approach

As the Community Action Agency serving Maine’s most populous region, The Opportunity Alliance (TOA) seeks to help Cumberland County residents live better lives by offering over 40 programs that provide mental health, early education, housing and other services. Running such a large-scale operation is complex. After a 2011 merger expanded TOA’s reach, its leadership recognized… Read more »

Gateway to Opportunity Gives Young Mainers Memorable Summers

Summer jobs are an important source of income, structure and self-esteem for young Mainers, but these opportunities are increasingly hard to come by. Indeed, the unemployment rate for Maine youth between the ages of 16 and 19 is more than three times the overall rate. Low-income teens are disproportionately affected by this shortage: national research… Read more »