Ongoing mental health support and enrichment for youth through the Y's Teen Center, and exploration of how to expand this model of mental health services to younger children in the Y’s youth development programs.
The Bundle project, which works to increase access to and utilization of social safety net programs in order to improve economic security and household wellbeing, and provision of “Bundle boxes” that include developmentally appropriate toys, books, and other family resources.
The Kismet climbing program provides a free rock climbing experience to at-risk youth, engaging youth through a summer weeklong intensive, year-round program and mentorship throughout the four years of high school.
An investment in staff capacity at the Rayitos de Sol bilingual childcare center, the only of its kind in the Downeast region, providing affordable, high-quality child and family support to local families, including children of seasonal farm workers and immigrants.
Youth enrichment programs aimed at fostering overall wellbeing and positive youth development through evidence-based programs focused on social-emotional learning, intellectual growth, and physical health in a rural region with limited resources for youth.
Expansion of a successful PreK Bridge Program pilot to help more families access free partial-day public pre-K programs via a "walking school bus" to bring pre-K students to the Tree Street facility for an afternoon of developmentally, culturally and lingually nurturing enrichment activities.
A partnership program between the Lewiston Housing Authority and the YMCA to offer free, drop-in afterschool programs to all elementary school aged residents of Hillview - the city's largest subsidized housing complex, bringing social-emotional support, academic enrichment, and supplemental meals and snacks to a majority “New Mainer” population.