PLATFORM FOUR: COMING OF AGE IN AMERICA YOUTH PROGRAM: MENTORING OUR YOUTH

Our Fourth Platform develops special after-school programs to engage junior-high school students who are at risk or come from low-income or poverty environments. The goal is to develop creative models that reach youth at a critical stage in their lives when they are developing their own self-awareness, identities and values. Our programs involve mentoring, community and civic engagement, and other models all focused on providing students with a safe and supportive space to become successful citizens.

We have partnered with the Maine Youth Alliance better known as "The Game Loft" in Belfast, Maine which has a highly successful 20 years of experience in creative educational and mentoring programs for such youth. We currently have two major programs in operation:

We have partnered with the Game Loft in developing and evaluating these models with the hope that they will be models that can be embraced in communities throughout the nation.

"I KNOW ME" MENTORING PROGRAM

"I Know ME" is a six-year program of mentoring, support, outreach for at risk students and those from low-income and poverty backgrounds. Student participants join in the seventh grade and continue through high school. The program is designed to achieve the following goals:

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This program is designed for high school students and is currently run as an Expanded Learning Opportunity (ELO) for elective credit through a local public high school. It focuses on the lives and histories of young people growing up in Maine. It is “learning history by being history.”

Key Program Components:

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