A promise someone cares.
Mission: The Friends of Long Creek Youth Development Center supports programs directed toward returning youth in the Maine criminal justice system to their communities as productive citizens.
“These people came into my life unexpectedly and made a huge impact. I know I have people who care about me and want to see good from me.” – former resident of Long Creek Youth Development Center
Nationally, 90% of youth involved in the criminal justice system report exposure to traumatic events, most starting before age five. Most frequently, they suffer loss and bereavement, impaired caregiver, domestic violence and all types of abuse and neglect. Additionally, they are significantly more likely to be homeless; have or be expecting children; and be diagnosed with a learning disability than other teens. 42% are crossover youth, meaning that they are involved in the child protective system and the juvenile justice system. They are some of the most vulnerable youth in our community with poor long term economic, academic, and mental health outcomes.
Yet, like all youth, they aspire to more. Two thirds want to pursue higher education. They want to be better parents to their own children. They want to live productive lives and make better choices. Knowing someone cares and having access to education, vocational training, and positive social supports makes a proven difference.
That is why the Friends of Long Creek Youth Development Center work collaboratively with the state department of corrections, other non-profit agencies, and community volunteers to ensure that some of Maine’s most vulnerable youth have the education, resources, and support they need to successfully transition into adult life—reducing the likelihood youth will re-offend and helping them have a brighter future.