shaw house

The Shaw House provides different programs for young people in Bangor area and offers their services 24/7. There is an Emergency Shelter which is set up for youth ages 10-18 that are homeless or at risk of being homeless. They provide a safe place to stay with heat, clean beds, showers, food, clothing and referrals to crisis intervention services when needed. The Emergency Shelter is open 7p-8a.

06990008There is also a Day Drop-In program designed to keep youth off the streets during daytime hours. They provide food and clothing, access to showers, and laundry facilities. Staff also support youth through their challenges such as homelessness or risk of homelessness and difficulty staying in school. They assist youth with finding support and services that may be necessary. The Day Drop-In Program is open 8a-7p.

The Streetlight Outreach program connects with homeless and at-risk youth on the streets. The program, for youth and young adults ages 10-23, supports youth in accessing places to stay and assistance obtaining services and support youth may need. This program is available to young people who are disconnected from family and other natural support systems and have resorted to life on the streets.

Mason Place Transitional Living Program is designed for homeless young persons between the ages of 16-20 who are without safe family or support systems, and are in need of a safe, long-term place to live during a time of transition into adulthood. The program provides opportunities for young persons to learn the skills that are necessary to become fully independent. The program works with youth and young adults to help form a plan for completing education, finding employment, obtaining suitable housing, and learning other skills that may be needed to become self-sufficient.

Shaw House also provides Shaw Care, which is a health clinic for youth located within Shaw House. The clinic offers preventative care and well checks along with other medical services for homeless young people ages 10-23. The clinic is accessible through all of Shaw House’s programs.

carleton project

Taking inspiration from the Social Influence Model of Behavior study, Carleton Project strives to create an environment in which students are nurtured and encouraged to change their own preconceived notions about successes and failures in education.  Creating a safe culture to explore and thrive, students are enabled to accomplish their own educational goals within the classroom, as well as create the building blocks to ensure success beyond high school.

Carleton Project’s mission has been, and will always be, focused on student success.   The school enjoys important partnerships with public schools that have come to understand the direct benefits for their schools and communities when they support students they recommend to these schools.

penobscot job corps

Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career, technical and academic training. There is also another program available such as the Advanced Career Training Program (ACT). Job Corps pays each student a living allowance twice a month while in the program; provides housing for each student; has three meals available at one of the best cafeteria facilities in Job Corps; and provides a free wellness center that is open daily for basic medical, dental, and optometry services. Students will have the ability to earn their GED/high school diploma after completing their program at Job Corps.


In addition to career training, Penobscot Job Corps also provides academic training, including basic reading and math. Courses in independent living, employability skills, and social skills are offered in order to help students transition into the workplace. They also have several academic programs to help students achieve their full potential.

A typical day at Penobscot Job Corps is full of activities to help our students prepare for the real world. Students get up early and spend the majority of their day receiving academic and hands-on career technical training.

tree street youth center

Tree Street Youth Center’s mission is to support the youth of Lewiston-Auburn through academics, the arts, and athletics while providing a safe space that encourages healthy physical, social, emotional, and academic development while building unity across lines of difference.

Tree Street Youth began as an outgrowth of a local homework help program which began after local parents expressed desire to support their children academically yet lacked the language and academic skills to do so. Citing the growing needs in the community, Julia Sleeper, the current Executive Director, and Kim Sullivan, current Bates Student and co-founder, opened Tree Street Youth Center to meet the challenge of providing low-income youth the opportunity to learn and grow. Located in the heart of  downtown Lewiston at 144 Howe Street, it serves as a hub of activity for 120-150 at-risk students in grades k-12. Tree Street offers an array of programming:

The AfterSchool Program offers youth access to improve academic performance, receive positive social reinforcement, learn healthy lifestyles, cultivate personal interests, and build community. The Summer Youth Program is a six-week program designed to ensure that neighborhood youth have an ongoing opportunity to obtain the skills, tools, and resources required to achieve success. Each day students participate in tutoring or college prep, enrichment activities such as studio art and dance, and outdoor recreation. These activities are supplemented by weekly field trips within the local area and around the state. Through this, youth are exposed to hiking, fishing, swimming, art appreciation, and other experiences that many wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

08350001The Street Leader Program is a year-round job training program for high school juniors and seniors who demonstrate academic and leadership promise.

Street Leaders serve as an integral piece to the other programs as they serve as tutors and role models for other Tree Street members. In addition, the College Preparation Program, BRANCHES, aims to increase graduation, college acceptance, and college retention rates of at-risk, first-generation students in Lewiston-Auburn.

st. mary’s school-based health center at lewiston high school

School-based health centers are located within a school building or on a school campus; the centers provide primary and preventative medical care along with mental health services to students. There are many invaluable services provided, including: first aid, diagnosis and treatment of illness (with prescriptions provided if needed), evaluations of recurring symptoms, behavioral health and mental health counseling as well as substance abuse services. The employment of the TeenScreen program which screens youth for mental health issues and helps to identify those at risk of suicide, pregnancy and STD testing, education on healthy weight, nutrition, and smoking cessation, and oral health care provided by a dental hygienist from the Tooth Fairies, Inc. The St. Mary’s center is staffed with an array of professionals who are dedicated to working with teens and improving health outcomes for young people including Methyl Smith, the Administrative Clinical Assistant, Shelley Hickey, Nurse Practitioner, John Libby, LCSW, and Claire Burns, LCPC. The Lewiston High School health center has an active group of youth serving as advisors to staff. They help to facilitate fundraisers, offer one another peer support, participate in youth voice and advocacy activities, and generally, have fun!

goodwill’s take-2 youth community service learning program

Take 2 works with young adults ages 18-21 in the Lewiston-Auburn area who have a history of involvement in the Juvenile Justice system. The program utilizes a service-learning model to facilitate youth in restoring relationships with their community as they work toward their GEDs, receive credits through the National Center for Construction Education (NCCER), and learn work readiness and life skills. There are two main components to Take 2’s program: Education and Community Service.

08360016-MFor the education piece of the program, students work toward earning their GED or their personal educational goals, improve math and reading proficiency, acquire financial literacy and related skills, investigate post-secondary education and vocational training opportunities, and build employability  through training on job searches, interviewing, and resume writing.

The community service component allows students to explore themselves and their community as they work to improve their neighborhoods. Additionally, through the process of giving back, students increase job readiness skills, acquire basic construction, carpentry, and building skills, learn how to be safe on a construction site including the proper use of tools and equipment. By participating in the program, students have the opportunity to transition out of Take 2 into further job training or a job placement in a field of their choice.

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