Strengthening Children, Youth, and Families

The Vision

Ensuring that all children and youth are able to reach their fullest potential. 

Desired Community Outcomes

  • Children from birth to kindergarten are ready to learn by providing families with access to early childhood development and educational resources.

  • Children age 6 – 12 have access to safe, quality programming during and after school, and they have positive family modeling.

  • Youth age 13 – 18 are learning skills like job readiness, good decision making, and self-sufficiency to ensure they are productive members of society. 

This Year We...

At the outset of the year, the Children, Youth and Families community impact team (CIT) identified two major barriers confronting the children of Mid-Maine. These areas were youth literacy and youth homelessness, and in order to both monitor and make progress on the issues, the group defined very clear goals. The first area, youth literacy, is defined by the following objective: By December 2015, the Somerset County Dolly Parton Imagination Library will be available to all children up to 3 years of age in Somerset County.
We continued to offer the  Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) in Bingham and Jackman with the help of our lead sponsor, Plum Creek, and are planning to expand the program to include all of Somerset County.
Over the past year, this group honed advertising documents and made headway in contacting hard-to-reach families of newborns that are eligible for the program. In total, the DPIL initiative provides children’s books to 52 children, with 11 of those having enrolled since March of 2014. 
The second area, youth homelessness, is defined by the following objective: To help address the gap in services to youth who are homeless and at risk for homelessness, United Way of Mid-Maine will work with at least 10 school districts beginning with school year 2014/2015 to help meet the students’ basic needs and ensure they stay in school.
Funds released by our CIT provided school supplies, snacks, hygiene articles, and clothing to displaced youth, and supplied a total of $3,400 to nine local schools to provide food, transportation, or living space to homeless youth. The United Way of Mid-Maine is a strong supporter of the project, holding a community forum on the issue and sponsoring a “Walk to Help End Youth Homelessness” to generate the funds to be used for distribution to school youth homelessness contact liaisons. 
In addition to our two foremost objectives, the CIT works with 9 organizations to provide funding and reviews for their various programs. This year, a total of 13 programs were funded through grant proposals to the tune of $134,968 that directly benefits children of the Mid-Maine community. 

Partner Agencies and Programs

United Way of Mid-Maine works closely with these Strengthening Children, Youth, and Families Partner Agencies.
  • Alfond Youth Center - After School Program, Camp Tracy, and Summer Enrichment Program 
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Program of Kennebec Valley - One-to-One Mentoring Program
  • Children's Center - Education and Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs 
  • Crisis and Counseling Centers - G.E.A.R. Parent Network 
  • Kennebec Behavioral Health - Emergency Youth Outreach
  • Kennebec Valley Community Action Program -South End Teen Center,  Personal Body Safety, and Educare 
  • Maine Children's Home For Little Wanderers -Teen Parent School Program and Children's Place Program
  • Sexual Assault Crisis and Support - Prevention Program of N. Kennebec and Somerset

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