We’re excited to share our first issue of the Creek to College and Career (C2CC) newsletter. We’ve got a lot of great programming happening this fall in our college and vocational programs, and we thought you’d be interested to take a look: FALL 2018 C2CC newsletter
Friends of Long Creek (FOLC) is a non-profit organization that continues to help young people at the facility, as well as those who are transitioning out. We also support programs for juveniles who have been involved in the criminal justice system, but are not at Long Creek Youth Development Center.
Some of the programs that FOLC has supported and strengthened during the past year include:
Creek to College – This is our flagship program that pays for college level classes, some taught at SMCC, and some at Long Creek. In this past spring semester, 2018, the students were extremely successful in their work, mostly earning A and B grades in a variety of courses.
Small Engine Repair – This is a newer program, which was initiated and supported by Friends of Long Creek. Students learn how to take apart and repair small engines, a useful skill when they seek employment. The Friends’ board has worked this year to improve and refine the program to maximize effectiveness.
Music Program – We have continued to provide major funding, which we renewed in May 2018, to support music lessons for kids at Long Creek provided by instructors from the Maine Academy of Modern Music.
Maine Inside Out (MIO) – This innovative program provides residents with opportunities to participate in dramatic presentations about their own lives. We have supported MIO’s efforts especially to provide these programs for kids as they transition to life outside the facility.
Transition Funds – We provide funds to assist residents who are transitioning from the facility. They often need clothes, housewares, and other materials as they make a new start.
Athletic Funds – Long Creek fields many interscholastic teams and we provide funds for athletic equipment, as well as meals when they travel to away games.
These are just some of the programs and activities that are supported by the Friends of Long Creek. Our work would not be possible without the many people who help support the kids at the facility.
Congratulations to A.R. Gould’s boys basketball team on making it to the regionals. See the Portland Press article here.
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.