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  • Restorative Justice Program

    Who we are?

    The Restorative Justice program provides opportunities for youth with a chargeable offense to be involved in a restorative process.  Services are offered to youth in Penobscot and Piscataquis County.

    What we Do?

    Trained facilitators work with youth offenders, their parents/guardian, victims who have been harmed by the incident and the community participants that were impacted.  Facilitators coordinate a circle conference to discuss what happened and the ways in which the responsible youth can make things right.  This process creates space for accountability with high support so the youth has a better understanding of their actions and how others are impacted.

    Who is eligible?

    Youth are eligible for services if they have a chargeable offense, this includes youth who may not have been charged with the offense.

    How to contact us?

    Referrals to the program can be made by Juvenile Community Corrections Officers (JCCOs), school resource officers, school administration and local law enforcement.  For questions about the program or to make a referral, contact Mindy Kane, Program Manager at (207) 973-3577 or mkane@penquis.org.

  • Youth Engagement

    Who we are?

    The Youth Engagement program values meaningful youth involvement and supports efforts to empower youth leadership through community involvement in Penobscot and Piscataquis County.

    What we Do?

    Youth Engagement staff provide leadership activities, educational workshops and technical assistance to groups with a focus on enhancing youth and adult relationships.  These relationships increase resiliency skills and further develop prevention focused protective factors such as increased self-esteem and decreased substance and tobacco use.  The educational workshops offer targeted training or support on specific topics such as Restorative Practices, Vaping/Tobacco Cessation, Action Planning for community events/project or whatever else the youth in the group are interested in.

    Who is eligible?

    Youth between the ages of 13-19 years old or in grades 6-12, as well as adults who mentor or lead youth based groups can participate in the program.

    How to contact us?

    For questions about the program or ways to get involved, contact Project Coordinators, Karen Sites at (207) 852-7438 or ksites@penquis.org or Yvette MacArthur at (207) 279-9026 or ymacarthur@penquis.org.

     

  • Youth Homeless Outreach

    Who we are?

    Youth Homeless Outreach Services offers support and assistance to youth 12 to 21 years of age who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Knox County.

    What we Do?

    Program staff will meet with youth to help them access needed resources, strengthen family connections and increase skill development for greater self-sufficiency and success.  Services are youth driven and designed to provide the supports and tools that participants feel they need or would like.  Individual sessions are scheduled so youth have opportunities to set goals which reflect their own individual needs, monitor their progress and work with program staff to develop a plan of action.

    Who is eligible?

    Youth are eligible for services if they are under the age of 18 and not residing with a parent/guardian, this includes minors who may be staying with an extended family member, a friend or boy/girlfriend, youth who are couch surfing or bouncing from place to place or when the whole family unit is experiencing instability.

    How to contact us?

    Referrals to the program can be made by anyone, including self-referrals from youth.  For questions about the program or to make a referral in Penobscot or Piscataquis County, contact Mindy Kane, Program Manager at (207) 973-3577 or mkane@penquis.org.  If you are interested in services in Waldo or Knox county, contact Laura Rivers, Project Coordinator at (207) 974-2433 or lrivers@penquis.org.

  • Youth Victims of the Opioid Crisis

    Who We Are
    Youth Victims of The Opioid Crisis is an innovative program serving an often overlooked population—youth who have been affected by someone else’s opioid use.  We use trauma-informed practices in an effort to reduce isolation and build resilience in the young people who live in our community.

    What We Do
    We offer free weekly Youth Activity Groups for young people from 10-18 to give them the opportunity to interact with others with a similar experience.  These groups are facilitated and supervised by a supportive adult and revolve around an activity chosen by the youth who attend.
    Additionally, we offer free one-on-one trauma responsive support and recreational activities, as well as community resource navigation to help kids who have been hurt by the opioid crisis connect with the services they need.

    Who is Eligible?
    Youth are eligible for our services if they have experienced things like neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, bullying or human trafficking as a result of someone’s opioid use.  An incident does not need to have been reported to authorities to be eligible for services.

    How to Contact Us
    To make a referral or ask any questions about our program, contact Derek Hurder, Program Manager, at (207)973-3653 or dhurder@penquis.org, OR Shannon Charette, Clinical Therapist, at (207)307-3313 or scharette@penquis.org.

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