Sara Gideon Donates $10k to LearningWorks

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January 01, 1970

Former Speaker of the House and candidate for US Senate, Sara Gideon announced $757,000 in donations of leftover campaign funds to 21 Maine nonprofits, a total of $1.1 million since the end of her U.S. Senate campaign. Sara said, “During my time as Speaker and on my Senate campaign, I had the opportunity to see […]

Brighter Days Story: Justin from LearningWorks YouthBuild

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January 01, 1970

When Justin was in elementary school, he and his family left Maine and moved to the Bronx. “I had a couple of friends, but I’ve always been the observer — quiet and walking behind everyone else – watching and listening.” School in a big city was tough for Justin — he remembers being bullied, often […]

Virtual Event!: Opportunities for Maine’s High School Students in the Time of COVID

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January 01, 1970

Do you want to learn more about how Maine’s high school students are being impacted by the pandemic? Are you interested to know how your community is adapting? Please join the staff of LearningWorks and our special guest speakers to learn how Southern Maine nonprofits and local schools are helping students get to graduation day […]

Portland Press Herald: Youth Building Alternative program students celebrate graduation

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January 01, 1970

On September 2, 2020, The Portland Press Herald covered this summer’s socially distanced Youth Building Alternative’s  graduation ceremony in their School Notebook section.

Victoria Morrill

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January 01, 1970

Victoria (Tori) Morrill joined the LearningWorks team in 2014. She currently serves as the Academic Program Coordinator of Youth Building Alternatives (YBA). However, if you ask her or the young adults in the program, Tori is their “Vice Principal.” Tori graduated from UMaine Farmington, where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. Before joining the […]

Lesley MacVane

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January 01, 1970

By seeing our students as they truly are and sharing their stories with the world, Lesley helped amplify our mission and make it visible in the community. It’s not easy to share compelling information about young people struggling in the traditional education system, but Lesley made it possible. She brought in countless friends, family, and supporters to see what she saw – hope, safety, support, and possibility – and created a community of donors, volunteers, and staff at LearningWorks that we will benefit from indefinitely. Thank you, Lesley, for all you have done to make LearningWorks what it is today.

Julie Stone

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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.”

Youth Building Alternatives Issues RFP for Career Preparation Specialist

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January 01, 1970

LearningWorks has issued a Request for Proposals for a full-time Career Preparation Specialist to be embedded in the Youth Building Alternatives program. Organizations and individuals with extensive experience in providing work readiness, youth leadership, and soft skills education for workforce development programs serving young adults are invited to apply. Proposals are due by no later […]

YBA Students Take Home Trophies at the 2018 Career Development Conference

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March 28, 2018

On March 28, 2018 students from our Youth Building Alternatives program attended JMG’s annual Career Development Conference at Thomas College. They joined more than 500 seniors and juniors from across the state to compete in areas like job preparedness, teamwork, and leadership. We’re so proud to announce that our students won several trophies, including multiple 2nd […]

Joe Dubail

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September 15, 2017

Joe Dubail, a current student in our Youth Building Alternatives program, is making the most of opportunities that eluded him in high school. “I stopped going to school when I was a senior. I was not motivated because I was having a difficult time in class, and I didn’t have goals for my future.”