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Posted on November 20, 2013
Five Town CTC presents latest Youth Advocate Awards
At its November 14 Five Town CTC Coalition meeting, Five Town Communities That Care announced the most recent winners of its Youth Advocate Awards — Marcia Dietrich received the individual award and Five Town Football received the organization award.
A longtime member of the Five Town CSD and SAD 28 school boards, Dietrich has steadfastly promoted the best interests of local students.
“Educating our children is the most important work we undertake as communities,” said Dietrich at the meeting. “Our local schools, with their reputation for excellence, are truly cornerstones for the quality of life our area offers. Integral to school leadership and local control, our towns have enjoyed a long tradition of highly capable, student-centered boards. The contributions made by these boards often garner little notice. I thank you sincerely for this award, which I believe recognizes the work done by many who serve or have served on our local school boards.”
Five Town Football is a nonprofit community organization founded in 2005 by volunteer parents dedicated to expanding football playing opportunities for students in the towns of Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, and Rockport – the Five Towns region. Its mission is to promote leadership, scholarship, teamwork, sportsmanship, and community through student participation in youth football within these towns. Carl Chadwick, president, and Cindy Polk, secretary/treasurer, represented Five Town Football at the meeting.
“Cindy and I are honored to accept the Five Town CTC Youth Advocate Award on behalf of Five Town Football,” said Chadwick at the meeting. “We are thrilled to know that what we do is viewed beyond the game of football and sports in general. Those of us who volunteer as coaches, board members, and other vast duties within our organization are truly rewarded by the interaction with our players, parents, and other youth football organizations. The increased confidence we see in these kids, their camaraderie with one another at all age levels, and respectful relationships with coaches is the foundation of our existence. We cannot do what we do without the community’s ongoing support. We are ever so grateful.”
The Five Town CTC Coalition honors Youth Advocates quarterly. The selection of nominees is based on one or more of the following criteria:
- Involved in reducing problem adolescent behaviors (such as substance abuse, suicide, violence, delinquency, school drop-out, and teen pregnancy) among our local youth.
- Involved in reducing Five Town CTC priority risk factors in the local community
- Involved in promoting Five Town CTC priority protective factors in the local community
- Fosters increased collaboration and cooperation amongst youth-serving agencies, groups, and businesses in the local community
- Fosters improved communication between local youth and their community
- Provides 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 information, along with a statement of why you feel they should receive the award, to email@example.com.
Posted on September 19, 2013
Local prevention coalition has increasingly global reach
Dalene Dutton, Five Town CTC’s executive director, has been traveling a great deal in the last year and a half to train communities in CTC. Communities in Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, California, and Manitoba have called on Dutton. The revenues she receives are reinvested here in the local effort. In recent months, Five Town CTC has fielded new inquiries nearly every week.
This week, two cohorts of trainees made the trip to Maine to learn more about getting CTC started back home. They underwent three days of intensive participatory instruction at Five Town CTC’s office in Rockport.
Katie Ritzenheim and Gery Shelafoe traveled from the Upper Peninsula in Michigan to continue training they started with Dutton there. Juliana Mejia and Mayra Paredes made the long journey from Bogota, Colombia.
Mejia and Paredes represent Nuevos Rumbos, a Colombian agency dedicated to research and prevention of drug use. The agency has been working with the creators of the CTC system at the University of Washington’s Social Development Research Group (SDRG) to develop a similar system they call Comunidades Que se Cuidan (CQC) in Colombia. Nuevos Rumbos has been piloting the CQC model for a year and a half. SDRG put Nuevos Rumbos in touch with Dutton when they wanted to learn more about the on the ground challenges of training other communities. Next, Juliana and Mayra will accompany Dutton to Parlier, California to observe a training she is leading in the largely Spanish-speaking community there.
Dr. Kevin Haggerty of SDRG also participated in the Rockport trainings. For 27 years, he and his colleagues have been developing methods to organize the scientific knowledge base for prevention in ways that empower parents, communities and schools to use it to organize, assess and prioritize approaches that meet their needs. Dr. Haggerty notes, “I’m impressed with the work of the Five Town coalition to create the conditions that promote well being. You serve as a model for other communities across the nation, and around the world.”
CTC is grounded in rigorous research from social work, public health, psychology, education, medicine, criminology, and organizational development. It engages all community members who have a stake in healthy futures for young people and sets priorities for action based on community challenges and strengths. Clear, measurable outcomes are tracked over time to show progress and ensure accountability.
Communities in cultures as seemingly different from each other as Michigan’s, Maine’s, or Colombia’s, nevertheless often share similar difficulties with adolescent substance abuse, violence, delinquency, school failure and other problem behaviors. By addressing the unique circumstances of any given community, using local data to drive decision making, increasing the use of evidence-based programs and polices, and including stakeholders from all sectors of the population in the prevention effort—CTC has proven to make a positive difference in children’s lives wherever it is employed.
Posted on September 5, 2013
Life and Work in the Maine Outdoors… An interview with Kris and Emily MacCabe
Kris and Emily MacCabe both work for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries of Wildlife. Kris is a District Game Warden within the Bureau of Warden Service. He is also featured in Animal Planet’s North Woods Law. Emily is a Public Relations Representative in the Information & Education Division.
Kris has a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from UMO and Emily has a B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Conservation Law Enforcement from Unity College.
Attendees of the Harvest Hoot family festival at the Snow Bowl (Sat., Sept. 7th from 11-4) will have a chance to visit with the MacCabes and learn more about their jobs working for and in the Maine outdoors. We asked them a few questions to start the conversation.
Kris: I enforce all laws in the State of Maine but primarily those related to hunting, fishing and recreational motor vehicles. I also perform search and rescue operations and investigate boating, ATV and snowmobile accidents. I am also a K9 handler.
Emily: I oversee several outdoor educational programs that are directed towards youth and families and plan special events. I do social media marketing for the department as well as set up and attend outdoor expos and hunting and fishing shows. I also oversee the merchandising program which helps fund our educational and outreach programs.
Q: What is the hardest part of your job?
Kris: The job of a Maine Game Warden is very physically demanding. I work hard to stay in good shape so I can perform my job duties at a high level. We often work long and unpredictable hours.
Emily: Time management. I am often running several events in a short period of time which can mean a ton of work and be mentally and physically exhausting. Luckily I am very organized and I’m good at multi-tasking! Because I work in public relations I am often inundated with emails, phone calls and inquiries from the public. It can be hard to keep up with but I strive to provide the best service to our “customers” as possible!
Q: What do you love most about your job?
Kris: I love the Maine outdoors and I enjoy protecting our natural resources to ensure that they are here for future generations to come.
Emily: I really enjoy the opportunity to teach others to love the outdoors as much as I do and to inspire them to become good stewards of our natural resources.
Q: What’s a surprising aspect of your job that people wouldn’t expect?
Kris: The frequency in which I attend public events and visit classrooms, speak to civic organizations and youth groups. It can be difficult to balance my regular duties and the amount of time spent at these types of engagements but I do feel it is important to help others learn about what we do.
Emily: I get to spend a lot of time outdoors and my job can be very hands on. Because I teach a youth fishing program I am often on the water (or ice) helping others learn how to freshwater fish. I love fishing in Maine so I consider it a big perk!
Q: What were the most important subjects in study or school so that you could be ready to learn how to be a game warden (Kris)/outdoor educator (Emily)?
Kris: Public speaking! But also the courses I took in Wildlife Ecology helped prepare me for the frequent interactions I have with Maine’s wildlife and also allows me to help the public deal with issues they may have with nuisance wildlife.
Emily: The classes that I took in high school and college that are most useful in my job were public speaking and interpersonal relations. In both of our jobs we interact with the public on a daily basis in a variety of ways and under varied circumstances. Learning how to communicate both verbally and in writing is critical!
Q: What sorts of skills did you need in order to successfully complete the hiring process for the Maine Warden Service?
Kris: Writing skills are very important as well as strong computer skills. We spend a great deal of time on computers and writing reports. It is also important to be physically fit.
Emily: Although my position at IFW is slightly outside of my field of study I know that the being involved in my community during my school years and taking every opportunity that I could to network helped me build a strong resume and a varied background that made me a solid candidate.
Q: What message would you like to send young people about the role that school plays in preparing them for whatever they may choose to do next?
Kris/Emily: School is essential! It isn’t just about classes, exams, homework or getting a perfect grade. Your school years are your opportunity to grow and become who you are. Being in school forms a big part of your ability to work with others and be part of a community. Teachers, mentors, friends and other role models help you gain experiences that are critical to your future.
See our calendar page for a calendar view of events, meetings, etc.
- 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
- 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!