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Posted on February 10, 2014

Five Town CTC Director Elected Vice Chair of Federal Juvenile Justice Committee

Dalene picDalene Dutton, Executive Director of Five Town Communities That Care, has been elected Vice Chair of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ) by its members.

The committee is a consultative body established by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Composed of 14 appointed representatives of the nation’s State Advisory Groups, the committee advises the President and Congress on matters related to juvenile justice, evaluates the progress and accomplishments of juvenile justice activities and projects, and advises the OJJDP Administrator on the work of OJJDP.

Dutton was appointed to the FACJJ body in September, 2011, and serves as the chair of the Evidence-Based Practice Subcommittee.  Before joining the FACJJ, Ms. Dutton was appointed to Maine’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG) in 2008 by Governor John Baldacci, and again in 2011 by Governor Paul LePage.  Dutton currently serves as co-chair of the JJAG’s Youth Engagement Committee.

A former science teacher at Camden Hills Regional High School, she has been working in the field of prevention since 2003 when she began serving as a community coordinator for the Community Youth Development Study—an experimental test of the Communities That Care (CTC) system.

CTC is a data-driven approach to mobilizing communities to address the predictors of problem adolescent behavior with programs, policies, and practices that have been proven to work. Five Town CTC focuses on preventing adolescent substance abuse, violence, delinquency, school dropout, teenage pregnancy, and suicide. For more information, visit or call 207-236-9800.

Posted on January 28, 2014

Five Town CTC names Youth Advocate Award winners

Five Town Communities That Care has named Lisa Ettinger and the Penobscot Bay YMCA as their most recent Youth Advocate Award winners. The awards were announced January 23rd at Five Town CTC’s quarterly Coalition meeting.

Ettinger, winner of the individual award, has been a longtime volunteer for youth organizations in the five towns and beyond. For many years, she worked with the Rockport Elementary School and Camden-Rockport Elementary School Jump Rope for Heart program, the last six years helping coach the Camden-Rockport Skippers jump rope team. She also served for many years on the Program Committee for Youth Arts, which provides arts enrichment in the schools of Camden and Rockport, including Camden Hills Regional High School (serving also Appleton, Hope and Lincolnville). A member of the board of trustees for Five Town Communities That Care since 2004—she is currently board vice-chair and secretary, and chairs the Program Evaluation and Data Work Groups—Lisa is devoted to promoting healthy youth in our community.

Jasen Wood and Meghan Gustafson, Senior Program Director and Childcare Co-Director, respectively, received the Youth Advocate Award for organization on behalf of the Penobscot Bay YMCA. The Y’s mission is to provide high quality services that meet the youth development, healthy living and social needs of individuals and families in the communities they serve. Their vision is to be a recognized community leader, connecting individuals and families with high-quality health, recreational and social service opportunities. Since they opened their new facility in Rockport in 2002, the Y’s membership has grown to over 5,000.

PenBayYMCA YA award

Left to right: Jasen Wood; Five Town CTC Board member, Ken Gardiner; Meghan Gustafson

L.Ettinger YA award

Left to right: Lisa Ettinger; Marti Wolfe, Five Town CTC Mentor Program Coordinator

Those wishing to nominate an individual or an organization for a Youth Advocate Award may email the candidate’s name and contact info, along with a statement of why they feel their nominee should receive the award, to

Five Town CTC has been working since 2003 to promote healthy youth development and to reduce the incidence of problem adolescent problem behaviors such as substance abuse, suicide, violence, delinquency, school drop-out, and teen pregnancy. For more information, visit, email, or call 207-236-9800.


Posted on January 13, 2014

Our Changing Community: Panel Discussion on January 23rd.

Five Town Communities That Care is excited to announce an engaging and informative panel discussion for their quarterly coalition meeting on Thursday, January 23 from 11:30 – 1:00pm at the John Street Methodist Church in Camden, Maine. The panel discussion, entitled Our Changing Community: What is the Impact on Our Youngest Students? aims to raise awareness concerning the reality of increasing poverty, educational cuts, and currently available resources to assist early elementary students in our community. Panelists will include Elaine Nutter, Superintendent of Schools MSAD #28, Pinny Beebe-Center, Regional Manager for the Penquis Community Action Program, and Roy Curtis, Juvenile Community Corrections Officer. As always, Five Town Communities That Care Coalition Meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in attending, please be sure to RSVP by Friday, January 17th to A hearty lunch of soup and bread will be provided for those who RSVP. Come listen, learn, and voice your opinion as we discuss the important issues facing our youngest community members and their families.

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