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Posted on June 22, 2015
Mentors, Mentees, Ice Cream & Accomplishment
Earlier this month, area middle school students and their families marked the end of Five Town Communities That Care’s Math & Literacy Mentors Program with a recognition ceremony at Camden Hills Regional High School’s Wave Cafe.
Mentoring helps students academically and fosters relationship-building. The program matches students with caring adult mentors who can teach math or reading skills, but who are also willing to talk with students about the challenges that they face during their day, and about the students’ commitment (or lack of commitment) to schooling.
The program takes place in local middle schools, directly after the end of the school day. For two days per week, mentors and their students spend 15 minutes or so sharing a snack and visiting with one another. They then spend 45 minutes working on the skills the students need help in, as revealed by a diagnostic test. After 10 sessions, the students are re-evaluated for proficiency, and if needed, another 10 sessions are scheduled. Both the Math Mentors and Literacy Mentors programs teach and reinforce basic skills.
Training is provided to mentors, and support and assistance with lessons is available. The program is offered at no cost to participants.
FTCTC is seeking mentors for the program’s next session, scheduled for the fall. Anyone interested in mentoring may call the FTCTC office at 236-9800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on May 6, 2015
April quarterly coalition meeting report
Youth Advocates named
During April’s Five Town Communities That Care Coalition Meeting, Elaine Nutter and Midcoast Martial Arts received Youth Advocate Awards for individual and organization, respectively. Elaine Nutter, Five Town CSD Superintendent, has supported Coalition activities both in her school position and as a member of the Five Town CTC board. She also sits on the coalition’s Community Data Work Group, where she puts her puts her experience and knowledge of all things data to work for the community.
Midcoast Martial Arts (MMA) has participated in the coalition’s STAR afterschool program for many years. MMA works the Social Development Strategy (a foundational element of the STAR program) into its instruction. Rather than competition, MMA focuses its mission on character development, with strong emphasis on the full character, including mental, physical and social aspects of healthy youth development.
Want to nominate a youth advocate for an award?
They should be:
1) Involved in reducing problem adolescent behaviors (such as substance abuse, suicide, violence, delinquency, school drop-out, and teen pregnancy) among our local youth. 2) Involved in reducing Five Town CTC priority risk factors in the local community. 3) Involved in promoting Five Town CTC priority protective factors in the local community. 4) Fostering increased collaboration and cooperation amongst youth-serving agencies, groups, and businesses in the local community. 5) Fostering improved communication between local youth and their community. 6) Providing opportunities for area youth to learn new skills that they can use in service to their community.
Nominations can be submitted by emailing the candidate’s name and contact info, along with a statement of why you feel they should receive the award, to email@example.com.
Mariah Smith-Dutton presented on the results of a recent community survey which sought to gauge awareness of the Five Town CTC Coalition’s mission, vision and initiatives. Some results from the survey questions:
Have you heard of Five Town Communities That Care? 80% answered yes.
Misperceptions uncovered in survey:
Coalition focuses on “at-risk” youth and Coalition focuses only on programs.
Work Group reports:
- Community Data: Meeting with providers to learn what is available for preschool kids, what can be done to be assured kids are prepared when they get to kindergarten. Where can we fill in the gaps? Is a new focus for CTC (normally middle school)… looking further upstream.
- Youth Involvement: Creating a new youth group, starting with high schoolers and then including middle school students. Purpose is to include their voices, ideas, vision for a healthy community.
- Bowl for Kids Sake going on now through Big Brothers, Big Sisters
- Connections has just finished 13th year. Have exceeded 1,000 families in the community.
Suggested topic for next meeting:
Panel on fundraising. Suggestions welcome for panel or person to prevent.
Posted on April 10, 2015
Staff changes at FTCTC
Spring is in the air, and with the change in season come some changes to the coordinating team that supports the FTCTC Coalition.
In order to better serve the community, several existing staff will switch roles. Dalene Dutton, the founding Executive Director, has assumed the role of Director of Training. In this capacity, she will provide technical assistance to other communities that are beginning the process of establishing CTC in their area. Mariah Smith-Dutton, the former Community Coordinator, takes over as Executive Director. Alex Owre, formerly the Director of Development and Communications, will focus on community outreach and education as Director of Communications. Finally, we are excited to welcome our new Director of Development in June. (Stay tuned for more on this new hire.)
Thom Ingraham, Math and Literacy Mentor Program Coordinator, will continue in this role. Sheryl Whittier and Sandra Thomas, Office Manager and Bookkeeper, respectively, will also continue in their current positions. Kay Stephens will return to assist with online content creation and editing, while Jaclynn Sagers will continue to provide training and technical assistance to other CTC Coalitions across the country.
There are changes afoot in the Five Town CTC Board, as well. Chair Richard Strong and Board Treasurer Peter Russell have switched roles. Vice Chair Lisa Ettinger maintains her role. Ken Gardener, Elaine Nutter, and the Rev. Adam Kohlstrom continue in their seats as members of the Board.
“I am very excited to pass the Executive Directorship reins to Mariah,” says Dutton. “She has the skills and passion to excel in this role. All of our Five Town CTC staff members are talented and dedicated. The addition of another development professional will put the organization in a very strong position from a staffing standpoint.“
“As the founding Director, I am very committed to ensuring that our coalition is successful,” continues Dutton. “This shift in positions allows me to spend more time working directly with new coalitions across North and South America, and will leave Five Town CTC with strong, local staff leadership. I am very excited to see what the future brings for the coalition and the community.”
Smith-Dutton looks forward to her new role: “I feel very lucky to be presented with this opportunity to continue serving the Five Town community. This coalition has made some incredible progress in decreasing rates of problem behaviors over the past eleven years, an accomplishment worth celebrating. But there is still important work left to be done. I’m excited to support this amazing group of community youth advocates as we continue to cooperate, collaborate, and think outside the box in an effort to create the best environment possible for our young people.”
New Board Chair, Peter Russell, looks forward to continued progress, as well. “I am full of positive energy about the future of Five Town Communities That Care and our ongoing efforts to create a protective and healthy environment for this community.”
The Five Town Communities That Care Coalition works to promote healthy youth development and to prevent problem adolescent behaviors, such as substance abuse, violence, delinquency, school dropout, teenage pregnancy, and suicide. For more information, visit www.fivetownctc.org or call 236-9800.
See our calendar page for a calendar view of events, meetings, etc.
- Reaping the health benefits of volunteering
- Some thoughts on Gatekeeper Training
- Binge Drinking: Prevention Paradox
- Five Town CTC names Youth Advocate Award winners
- Our Changing Community: Panel Discussion on January 23rd.
- Offices closed today due to inclement weather
- Local prevention coalition has increasingly global reach
- Life and Work in the Maine Outdoors… An interview with Kris and Emily MacCabe
- Retailers engaged in local prevention effort
- Smooches for George at the Hoot!
- 4th annual Harvest Hoot family festival fun---Sept. 7th
- Teen suicide and social contagions, a reality
- TOT photo
- STAR and Mentor Programs Receive Funding
- Reward & Reminder (Round 2) a Success
- Kay Stephens: Cyberbullying is not ‘sticks and stones.’ It’s psychological warfare
- Graffam's Harborside Restaurant to host benefit for Five Town CTC on April 2!
- 2nd annual Rock 4 STAR coming May 10th!
- Alcohol consumption and sexual assault
- Give a Hoot! Businesses wanted...
- The Science of not believing in Science
- Five Town CTC’s Dutton a featured presenter at Building a Grad Nation Summit in Washington, DC
- Marti Wolfe joins Five Town CTC
- Mental health stigma: changing minds and outcomes
- Have you checked out SOUND OFF lately????
- Five Town CTC honors Youth Advocates, unveils new MYDAUS data
- Talking to our own youth about the Connecticut school shooting
- Business Sense and Cents: the case for business support of prevention efforts
- The state of Juvenile Justice
- Bucking the trend on teenage depression... or, why we dance for prevention
- Next Youth Advocate Nominees Sought
- Five Town CTC Dancewalk A Huge Success!
- Teen Screen Scene
- Blah, Blah, Blah
- Five Town CTC Development Director Infected by Dancewalk Craze!
- Dancewalk Registration Materials and Pledge forms now available!
- Summertime or Party time?
- What an idiot!
- What an idiot!
- The sex(t)ual revolution
- You're going to WHAT?
- The Art of Fighting Without Fighting
- The Art of Fighting Without Fighting
- Hanging With My Heroes
- Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll!
- Rock4STAR benefit dance April 28th
- Five Town CTC travels to Texas
- Could have been a lost boy…….
- The "good 'ole days"....
- The "good 'ole days"....
- A little history...
- Dad, where are my pants?
- A little history...
- Fostering A Community That Cares About Youth 2012-03-16 08:16:00
- Five Town CTC Honors Youth Advocates
- Project X
- Project X gets an "F"
- March 8 Panel on Juvenile Justice Finalized
- Murder in the headlines...
- Murder in the headlines
- No Place for kids...
- No place for kids...
- Being Grandad...
- Weaving a Web of Relationships
- Exciting Panel for March Coalition Meeting!
- Binge Drinking: Not just having a good time
- "Binge" Drinking: Not just having a good time
- Why NOT to ask, "Is your homework done yet?"
- Why NOT to ask, "Is your homework done?"
- Come Have Fun With Other Parents!
- Embracing the positive in prevention
- Moving Beyond “No”: Embracing the Positive in Prevention
- This week's blog by Adam K.
- Today's blog entry
- How is a birthing class different from a workshop for parents of teens?
- How the Five Town community got started with CTC...
- How we got started with CTC...
- Why "Good Job" isn't necessarily good enough
- Why "good job" isn't necessarily good enough...
- Holiday office schedule
- Newest blog entry: "Skills+Opportunities+Recognition=Bonding"
- Skills + Opportunities + Recognition = Bonding
- Why Community?
- Have you checked out our blog yet?
- Bullying: Not just playground scuffles
- Teen Brain ≠ Adult Brain
- Five Town Communities That Care Celebrates 23rd Cycle of S.T.A.R.
- Five Town CTC Launches Weekly Blog
- Why prevention?
- STAR Program To Go On Hiatus
- SOUND OFF About “Hopes and Frustrations” in November Issue
- Five Town CTC Honors Youth Advocates at October Meeting
- What Does Bullying Look Like?
- Guiding Good Choices Starts November 1st!
- Five Town CTC Director Named to Fed Advisory Committee
- Pies Earn Bakers Some Dough!
- BBQ Kings and Queen of the 2011 Harvest Hootenanny
- STAR Begins Again on September 21st!
- STAR Registrations Mailed Today!
- STAR Support Staff Wanted
- Only Five More Days Until the Harvest Hootenanny!
- Earn Some Dough With Your Pies!
- Wanna Be A BBQ King (or Queen)?
- Gathering Data With a Smile
- Guiding Good Choice Facilitator Certification Opportunity
- Five Town CTC Honors Youth Advocates at June Meeting
- Five Town CTC Adds Alex Owre To Staff
- Five Town CTC's feature page, "Sound Off" up and running!
- Camden PD Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs April 30th
- STAR's April 1st Fun Friday Canceled for Snow
- Updated Research Report on Marijuana Available
- Inhalant Abuse: Right Here Under Our Noses
- Leap into Spring with STAR!
- STAR Celebration Wednesday night (March 16) at Rockport Elementary School
- Five Town CTC Honors Youth Advocates
- STAR Program Canceled Due to Inclement Weather (Feb. 28)
- Five Town CTC To Start New Feature Page By Teens
- STAR Canceled Due to Slippery Roads (Feb 1)
- Vote for Five Town CTC in the Community Matters More Contest!
- Five Town CTC Offices Closed, STAR Canceled (Jan 20, 2011)
- Five Town CTC Welcomes Liv LiaBraaten!
- STAR Canceled January 18, 2011
- STAR Classes Canceled Today
- STAR Registrations Open NOW!
- Five Town CTC offices closed Monday, December 27
- E.D. Position Opening at Greater Old Town CTC!
- Holiday Home Tour Canceled for this Year
- Over 150 Gather For STAR Cycle 20 Celebration!
- Entries Sought for Second Annual Holiday Home Tour
- CTC Info Session tonight at CHRHS
- STAR Canceled Today (October 15)!
- Harvest Hootenanny Contest Winners Announced!
- Harvest Hootenanny Ticket Winners
- Harvest Hootenanny Schedule Available
- Win up to $100 in the Harvest Hootenanny Pumpkin Carving Contest!
- Win up to $100 in the Harvest Hootenanny Pie Baking Contest!
- First Annual "Harvest Hootenanny" Comes to Snow Bowl!
- Guiding Good Choices Parent Workshops Begin Oct 18th!
- Five Town CTC Among Awardees as White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Gives Out $85.6 Million
- STAR Registration Materials Available for Download
- STAR Registration Underway!
- More Than Just Words: MMA Students Raise $850 for Five Town CTC
- STAR Registration "Envelope Stuffing Party"
- Levels of Risk, Protection, and Drug Use Predict Student Test Results
- STAR Support Staff Wanted
- Learn about teen medicine abuse
- Info on Specific Drugs Available for Parents
- Take Preventative Steps With Prescriptions
- Blue Sky Cantina and Big Fish Restaurant Donate to Five Town CTC
- Prevention "Number One Priority"
- Traumatic Childhood Experiences Common For Most Justice-Involved Youth
- West Bay Rotary Donates $600!
- Five Town CTC offices closed week of July 4th
- Midcoast Community Chorus Concert Yields $10K for FTCTC!
- Reserve Tickets Still Available
- Celebrating Community Collaborators in May
- Help us by writing a review for Five Town CTC!
- Hooked on Hookah?
- Spring Youth Advocate Award Winners
- WHO Calls for Action to Reduce Harm From Alcohol
- Table Talks hosts needed
- Celebrating Community Collaborators in April
- STAR Students take Korfball skills on the road
- It Takes A Village
- STAR Celebration June 3rd
- Tickets for Midcoast Community Chorus Benefit Concert Going Fast!
- Drug Free Action Alliance 'SuperBowl Survey"
- STAR Canceled Today (Wednesday, Feb 3) due to poor road conditions!
- Youth Advocate Award Winners
- Winterfest Ice Carving
- Five Town CTC Coalition Newsletter Available
- Perceived Risk of Harm of Marijuana Use Down Nationally for 12th Graders
- Study finds 45% of Seized Cocaine Contained Levamisole
- Holiday Home Tour Tickets On Sale
- We Are Over Half-Way and there is still a chance to Double Your Donation!
- Holiday Home Tour Proceeds to Support FTCTC!
- STAR Program Honored by Chamber of Commerce!
- FTCTC Offered New Challenge Grant!
- FTCTC Executive Director Honored With 2009 MAPSA Prevention Award
- Five Town CTC Coalition Meeting A Success!
- Marijuana Use Down 66% Since We Began Programming in 2004!
- STAR Program Recognized by Maine After School Network
- Have a 5th - 8th grader? This workshop is for you!
- Challenge Met for $25K Grant!
- Help us meet our challenge grant!
- Tug Kellough Takes Over STAR Helm
- CTC featured in JAMA publication!
- Out of Darkness Walk on Saturday, Sept. 26th!
- National Town Hall Webcast Available for viewing
- Five Town CTC on FaceBook!
- Five Town CTC featured on MPBN's "Maine Things Considered"
- Five Town Communities That Care featured on ABC News
- Doris Buffett to match donations!
- STAR Program featured in National Council Magazine!
- Live in Maine? Under age 25? Take our survey and enter to win $250!
- Chestnut Street Baptist Church Donates $1200!
- Volunteers Needed To Assist With Research Project
- Five Town CTC Efforts Featured During Panel at National Event
- CTC Staff off to Louisville Training, Office closed
- Out of Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk Date Set for Fall
- Organizers Needed for Out of Darkness Walk
- STAR Program To Be Featured in National Magazine
- Coalition Meeting Features Inhalant Abuse Prevention Keynote
- STAR Celebration Date Changed to June 2!
- Local Parents Prepare to Guide Good Choices
- CTC Welcomes New STAR Program Coordinator!
- CTC Reps Participate in National Training
- CTC Director Part of Maine Delegation
- CTC HoopSTARs Take On the Harlem Ambassadors!
- FTCTC Presents to Medical Staff at PenBay Medical Center
- CTC Director Presents at National Leadership Forum
- Five Town CTC Joins UMCC Family
- CTC HoopStars to Challenge Harlem Ambassadors
- GGC Registration Extended!
- CTC Hosts SAMHSA Award Program Representative
- Marijuana Sourcebook Available from ONDCP
- Math and Literacy Mentors Receives $5000 from MCF
- Summer Newsletter Available
- CTC Director in Washington, D.C.
- STAR Program National Finalist for "Science to Service" Award
- Prevention Programs Cut Rates of Juvenile Delinquency
- CTC on the MOVE!
- Spring STAR Registrations Due Friday, March 28!
- STAR Winter Cycle Celebration
- STAR Celebration March 13th
- Coalition Members testify before Legislative Committee
- Boys Night Out Begins Feb. 7th
- Meeting on Underage Drinking Jan. 30th!
- Parent Forum on Teen Sexual Assault Jan 23rd.
- Daughters 'N Dads Begins January 15
- You Can Win Diamonds!