Our Programs

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


Program Roots employs a multi-tiered approach to supporting youth that is responsive to students’ strengths and challenges over the course of six years, from seventh grade through high school graduation. Informed by students’ personal growth and unique developmental demands, Roots is continually evolving to build on student strengths and to support their needs through active and on-going engagement with adult mentors and community partners. Roots’ programming has been made possible through an award from the Lerner Foundation as part of the statewide initiative, Aspirations Incubator Program. The five educational components that form the pillars of Roots programming—community service, cultural awareness, environmental awareness, wilderness exploration, and adventure-based education—are designed to expose participating students to new experiences while integrating them into their community and preparing them for a successful future.

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