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May 8, 2017

The OPEN Project Hosts Gateway to Opportunity Internship

(May 2017) —  The Maine Youth Action Network’s OPEN Project will be serving as a host site for the 2017 Gateway to Opportunity Internship (G2O), a program that connects young people in the greater Portland area with meaningful, project based learning opportunities.

 

The Maine Youth Action Network’s OPEN Project will be serving as a host site for the 2017 Gateway to Opportunity Internship (G2O), a program that connects young people in the greater Portland area with meaningful, project based learning opportunities. This summer, student interns will be engaging in research to address community-based environmental justice issues. Interns will also have the opportunity to engage in local citizen science initiatives and design community engagement events in order to foster an intergenerational, multicultural sense of place within the human and natural communities that make up Portland. This initiative creates an opportunity for the OPEN Project to develop new partnerships with other non-profits and citizens passionate about environmental justice.  It will also promote the OPEN Project’s commitment to the intersectionality of social justice issues, and continue to engage youth in the Portland area.

 

The OPEN Project, Organizing Partnership and Engagement in Neighborhoods, is a collaborative program that engages diverse youth to take an active role in the decision-making and dialogue around social justice issues affecting their community. 

 

Other community partners engaged in the 2017 Gateway to Opportunity Internship initiative include:

  • Avesta Housing – Planning, designing, and coordinating a Back to School themed block party in the Pearl Place property.  Youth will actively shadow Resident Service Coordinators and learn from them while planning their own event.
  • Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG): 2 Projects – Food entrepreneurs and scientists.  Youth will learn all aspects of production, from designing garden plots to pitching concepts to lenders and business counselors to manufacturing food for sale.  The second project will be studying and designing sustainability of garden plots in the Portland area through engineering and 3D printing.
  • Portland Housing Authority: Expanding community programming, focused on older youth, based on results found in last year’s program.  Will help expand summer programming by designing and implementing project ideas proposed by PHA staff.
  • Portland Public School’s East End Community School: Expand and enhance East End Community School summer programming by surveying Munjoy Hill neighborhoods on what they want for their children.  Expansion and enhancement includes their Rise and Shine program, a morning program that introduces young people to interesting topics including STEM through local role models that have experience in the field.
  • Maine Public: Develop a collaborative video for Raise Your Voice!, Maine Public’s site for student centered learning and how youth can have a voice in impacting and expanding those learning experiences.
  • Youth Leadership Advisory Team (YLAT): Develop a video on Foster Care youth experiences to help raise awareness and help provide resources to youth who may be struggling in the system.  May also be used as a recruitment tool for YLAT.
  • Boys and Girls Club Portland: Help enrich and expand a summer literacy program for young children, including creating a play, written with the children, that they would put on at the end of the program.

 For more information, please contact Jim Gemmell: 523-5014; jim.gemmell@opportunityalliance.org.

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