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WESTBROOK YOUTH CENTER INC's Fundraiser:

My Place Teen Center

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BENEFITING:

EVENT: CrowdRise Holiday Challenge

THE STORY:

USE OF FUNDS
We are asking CrowdRise supporters to underwrite our building renovation fund and to help procure an 11-passenger van.

My Place Teen Center (MPTC) is year round, free, out of school time program for youth, ages 10-18. Specializing in at-risk youth including homeless, food insecure, cognitively-delayed, low-income, immigrant, and refugee teens, MPTC offers a multi-purpose, academically enriching, life-skills enhancing, hunger relief, youth development program that has been the focal point of greater Portland’s teen activities since its inception in 1998.

MISSION
My Place Teen Center provides a safe haven for youth ages 10 – 18, sustaining them with comfort, meals, resources, and hope.

VISION
All youth will have the academic, job readiness, and life skills necessary to lead independent adult lives filled with stewardship, courage, passion, and joy.

TOTAL AGENCY BUDGET
$ 476,371 (2013/2014)

AMOUNT NEEDED
$543,000

REGION
Maine

KIDS SERVED
Fiscal Year 2012 = 441 different youth
Fiscal Year 2013 = 522 different youth

OUR BUSINESS MODEL IS SIMPLE
We are in the business of transforming lives; and in some cases, saving lives.

OUR BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY IS STRAIGHTFORWARD
We function with a non-profit heart and operate with a corporate mind-set.

KEY ACTIVITIES
We provide a structured, supervised curriculum to youth most at risk including daily programming such as homework assistance, service learning, financial literacy, mentoring, physical fitness, the arts, cooking and nutrition, life skills training, leadership skills, higher education/job acquisition support, and counseling. We also serve unlimited snacks and nightly dinners.

MPTC OUTCOMES:
1. Youth will develop appropriate interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, reduce problem behaviors, and gain self-esteem.
2. Youth will increase their social and emotional development by increasing their engagement and sense of belonging, by providing opportunities for their voice and leadership, and by building stronger connections with their families, schools, and communities.
3. Youth will improve school attendance and behavior, foster better study habits, and increase student achievement and graduation rates.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Our overarching goal is to provide a safe, structured place for kids to develop resiliency, hope, and opportunities to have positive life‐learning and academic‐enriching experiences. Of particular focus are those kids who have fewer social, family, and/or economic resources.

We are committed to engaging these young people in positive relationships and meaningful activities that allow them to be courageous in the face of their traumatic life circumstances. To that end, we focus on aspects of healthy, responsible moral development as an organization and individually with the kids we serve developing the character, academic, and leadership skill sets that at first saves, and then improves the quality of their lives.

We are driven to respond to the urgent need to get kids to stay in school, yearn for something beyond their present moment, and to laud social responsibility as tantamount to our mission.

Thank you for your support of PHENOMENAL kids!

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