Lee Urban

50 StoriesLearningWorks AfterSchool
January 01, 1970

Three years ago, Lee Urban – a former lawyer and elementary school teacher – decided that he wanted to spread the joy that he feels when playing the ukulele.  He saw the potential for the instrument to do good in his community.  He formed the non-profit Ukuleles Heal the World and, through a common connection, […]

Julie Stone

50 StoriesStaffYouth Building Alternatives
January 01, 1970

“There is something refreshing about working with this group of young adults. Many of the students have overcome some of the greatest challenges and barriers, yet they continue to shine and overcome their obstacles.”

Kelly McConnell

50 StoriesLearningWorks AfterSchool
January 01, 1970

We were fortunate to join forces with Kelly McConnell in 2011 through a collaborative partnership between the Maine College’s of Art’s (MECA) Masters of Arts in Teaching program and our LearningWorks Afterschool program for elementary school students. Kelly is currently the Director of Art Education Outreach and an Associate Professor at MECA. Her work involves […]

Julia Ridge and Francina Jordan

50 StoriesEnglish Language + LiteracyVolunteer
January 01, 1970

Julia Ridge has been tutoring LearningWorks student Francina Jordan through our English Language + Literacy program since 2011. Francina came to LearningWorks after her son encouraged her to find a tutoring program. He said, “You’re never too old to learn.” Francina, who has dyslexia, says, “I worked all my life not knowing how to read, […]

Teyonda Hall

50 StoriesEnglish Language + LiteracyStaff
October 02, 2017

Teyonda was our English Language + Literacy Director from 2011-2017. She was equally at home in the board room presenting, in the classroom teaching adult English Language Learners, and in the elementary school hallways, where students referred to her affectionately as “Miss T.”

Constant Kabuyenge

50 StoriesEnglish Language + LiteracyStaff
September 26, 2017

Constant Kabuyenge, an immigrant from Burundi, began working with other new Mainers by volunteering as an assistant teacher, and then lead teacher, in LearningWorks’ English Language + Literacy program. He was inspired by how courageously students were fighting to learn English without complaining about their similar fates.

Grace Van Etten

50 StoriesHomepage StoriesYouth Building Alternatives
September 06, 2017

After just nine months in our Youth Building Alternatives program, Grace graduated from high school, enrolled at Southern Maine Community College, and is pursuing a career in early childhood education.

PJ Sanguedolce

50 StoriesHomepage StoriesService Works
September 14, 2017

Since participating in our Service Works program, PJ’s days in the corrections system are behind him. He remains connected to his community, is currently working, and hopes to start a new job in construction.

Karla Salamanca

50 StoriesAIMS HIGH AmeriCorpsHomepage StoriesStaff
September 20, 2017

When Karla Salamanca graduated from Portland High School in 2016, she knew she wanted to attend college, but she decided to take a gap year to learn more about herself. She became an AmeriCorps member and joined the LearningWorks team.

Susan Abt

50 StoriesHomepage StoriesLW Supporter
September 01, 2017

Susan Abt is one of the many individual donors who make our free services for the community possible. “It imbues me with a feeling of relief to know that there is support available for young people who may not have succeeded in the education system or who have had run-ins with the law,” she says.