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.