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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 info@fivetownctc.org

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Posted on May 6, 2015

April quarterly coalition meeting report

Youth Advocates named

Elaine Nutter receives the Youth Advocate Award from Dalene Dutton. Andrew Lesmerises, founder and director of Midcoast Martial Arts, receives the Youth Advocate Award from Mariah Smith-DuttonDuring 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 info@fivetownctc.org.

Meeting agenda

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.

Where did you hear about FTCTC survey

What town survey question

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What FTCTC does graph

What do you think FTCTC does?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Community share: 

  • 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.

 

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