Our Programs

Our programs nurture, support, teach, and mentor youth through the steep ups and downs of adolescent life, and we strongly encourage youth to do the same for each other.


Driven and co-constructed by participating youth, Program Grit is an innovative after-school program providing targeted academic support, social-emotional education, and artistic enrichment to local middle schoolers in mid coast Maine. Our diverse collection of teachers, professionals, mentors, and volunteers support our Gritters unique needs and curiosities through a spectrum of activities ranging from visual and performing arts to cooking classes and outdoor recreation. Program Grit understands the importance of supporting the social and emotional well being of our youth, particularly during such a critical developmental period of their lives. Through individual and group activities, Gritters learn and practice skills to support positive self regulation, conflict resolution, empathy, and resiliency.

For more information call: Director of Programming, Dr. Sue Kingsland (207) 406- 2365

Jump Start

Jump Start is an eight-week court diversion program for first time non-violent offenders, although referrals from teachers, parents, guidance counselors, and social workers are accepted. Designed to increase thoughtful decision making, self-awareness, and self-advocacy, teens complete the program with the understanding that although they may not be able to change their current circumstances; they can change their attitudes, beliefs and goals. With trained volunteer mentors and the support of other community members, each teen actively participates in facilitated, weekly group discussions and exercises that explore their strengths, challenges, values, impact on others, opportunities for growth, and goals for the future. Jump Start sessions are respectful and engaging as we consider many different perspectives. Through the twenty hours of community service required to complete the program students give back to others and make positive, new associations.

For more information call: Director of Programming, Dr. Sue Kingsland (207) 406- 2365

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