The Friends voted in a new slate of board members and officers at our June meeting. Officers for 2018 are Marian McCue, president; Mike Fortunato, vice president; Susan Giambalvo, treasurer; and David Putnam, secretary. We thank immediate past president Jim Willey for his dedicated leadership and service to the Friends. We have significantly increased our ability to meet our mission during his tenure, especially advancing job training and education initiatives for Long Creek Residents. We look forward to continuing our work and welcoming incoming Superintendent Caroline Raymond.
This has been a turbulent year at Long Creek Youth Development Center, which has made our efforts to support these troubled kids even more important than usual. The Friends have remained focused on our mission to support programs directed toward returning youth in the Maine criminal justice system to their communities as productive citizens. We hope that this short summation of our activities will make our members and donors proud of our efforts and of their support. Read our full report here.
Congratulations to the A.R. Gould School Boys Basketball team, regional runners-up for Class D south final. The Friends of Long Creek proudly supports these athletes on and off the court. Read their inspiring story here.
8 youth at Long Creek are taking advantage of two college credit courses being offered this semester thanks to the Friends of Long Creek’s Creek to College program and a collaboration with Southern Maine Community College.
Cultural Anthropology and Oral Communications are being taught inside the facility making a college education accessible to students whose circumstances would otherwise prevent attendance.
Another student is taking an online math course, Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry.
One student says, “Thank you for the opportunity to better ourselves as people and students. I took three courses through Creek to College and, for the first time in my life since I dropped out of high school, pushed myself to the best of my circumstances. I passed with all A’s and received a new burst of confidence in my education that would not have been possible without the help of the Friends.”
The Friends of Long Creek helped support an SMCC (Southern Maine Community College) campus tour for eleven very eager and extremely well-behaved residents this month. The students met with an admissions officer, took a student-led tour, and enjoyed a delicious meal in the cafeteria. Chef Ogden from the LDYDC (Long Creek Youth Development Center) culinary program made arrangements for himself and the culinary students to take a special tour of the SMCC culinary program facility while we were there.
The vocational training facilities at SMCC impressed our residents most. Their eyes lit up when they entered the massive automotive repair building, where they enjoyed “talking trucks and engines” with an instructor. Another highlight was the in-depth tour we got of the Integrated Manufacturing Technology Program — led by the department head, himself. The precision manufacturing facility at SMCC is beyond amazing.
Thank you to all those who prioritized the college trips, helped make them happen, and went the extra mile to allow all eleven residents to go. The visits were incredibly inspiring for our guys. Most have never been on a college campus before, and there’s just no substitute for seeing, listening to, and feeling what it’s really like. The students came back excited about applying to college after the SMCC visit.
The culinary arts program at LCYDC was established with the support of the Friends. Learn how this program is making a difference for youth.
Friends of Long Creek Youth Development Center is a committed group of volunteers that has been helping youth involved in the criminal justice system to lead better lives since 1995. We believe that these youth deserve a second chance and that if we reach out, we can provide the kind of practical and emotional supports that really make a difference. We rely on donations from people like you to meet our mission.
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.
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.