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Published May 15, 2006


Tenth Annual Watering Can Awards Dinner

Thursday, May 25

Taste of Maine, Woolwich

Maine Initiatives, a grantmaking foundation that supports grassroots organizing for social justice, is honoring community leaders from throughout the state Thursday, May 25.

The fund's annual awards dinner, which recognizes people who are making a significant impact on life in Maine, will be held at the Taste of Maine Restaurant, Woolwich.

The group's Water Can Awards symbolize Maine Initiatives' mission of "water to the roots and plenty of it."

This year, the foundation is honoring:

- Mary Offutt of Deer Isle, activist and philanthropist.

- Christopher "Kit" Kit St. John of Gardiner, executive director of Maine Center for Economic Policy.

- Bjorn Claeson of Bangor, national director of SweatFree Communities.

- Maine Won't Discriminate, the statewide organization behind the November "No On 1" gay rights victory.

For information or to make dinner reservations, contact Maine Initiatives, 622-6294,


KIDS Consortium Summer Institutes for Educators 2006

Join us on the coast of Maine at the beautiful Southern Maine Community College & The Peter A. McKernan Hospitality Center, South Portland, ME

Cost: $250 per person/session

August 14-15

Getting Started with Service-Learning

For educators new to the KIDS award-winning model of service-learning and those experienced service-learning practitioners who wish to expand their ?toolbox? and reinvigorate their practice.

August 17-18

Building a Collaborative Environment

For educators interested in focusing on team-work and collaboration in the classroom

For more information:

Terri Marin, Administrative Director

KIDS Consortium

215 Lisbon St., Suite 12

Lewiston, ME 04240


Fax: 207-784-6733

Living Democracy Conference: Linking Service-Learning With History and Civics

August 10, 2006

Cambridge, MA

$75 - by June 15 Early Bird Deadline

$100 - by July 7 Final Deadline

This conference is designed to showcase an exciting three-year project called Living Democracy - a rich collaboration between three state Departments of Education ? Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, the KIDS Consortium (based in Lewiston, Maine), Bates College, the Center for Youth Development at Brandeis University, and sixteen school districts from the three states.

Through Living Democracy, exemplary service-learning projects were designed and implemented that enabled the study of history and civics to come alive for thousands of K-12 students across New England. Teams of teachers, working with their local curriculum staff and community partners, also developed models for embedding service-learning into the social studies curriculum at the middle and high school levels.

Who Should Attend: Service-learning practitioners; Social Studies educators; Service-learning coordinators; Curriculum Directors; K-12 School Administrators; Faculty at Colleges of Education; and Community organizations and civic leaders engaged in partnerships with K-12 schools related to history and civics.

Register online at:


Free VolunteerMaine Trainings for NonProfits

Attention Nonprofit Agencies, Civic Organizations, State/Local Government Agencies, and Emergency Management! Recruit, manage and track volunteers in minutes using It's Free and Easy to Use. Call today for your free training. 207.287.4119


Host Families Sought for One-Month 4-H International Exchange Program

Maine families are needed to host Japanese exchange students, ages 12 to 18, for four weeks this summer as part of a two-way exchange program sponsored by the Maine 4-H program. The Japanese youth will stay with their American host families from mid July to mid August.

The exchange is open to families living in Maine with children close in age to the Japanese participants. Families without children in this age range will be considered as hosts for adult chaperones from Japan. You don't need to be involved in 4-H to host; you just need a willingness to share your home and your world.

There is no need to know Japanese. The students have all studied English and are anxious to use it.

"The program gives host families a chance to share their culture, friendship, and family lives with an exchange student and at the same time learn about Japanese life," said Jill Coffren, state coordinator. "The homestays only last a month during summer vacation, but the effects last a lifetime." Host family applications are available by contacting the Franklin County Extension Office at 1-800-287-1478 or your local Cooperative Extension Office. If you have any questions you can email Jill directly at The application process includes a background check and home visit by a program representative. Besides the summer exchange there are high school students that need host families for the school year.

The 4-H International Exchange Program is one of the largest exchange programs involving North American and Japanese youth in the world. Since it began in 1972, some 39,000 students have stayed with families in 39 states, including Maine, and more then 6,300 American students have made reciprocal visits to Japan.


In Touch with Take Pride

May E-Newsletter

Take Pride in America? is a national partnership established by the U.S. Department of the Interior that aims to engage, support and recognize volunteers who work to improve our public parks, forests, grasslands, wildlife refuges, cultural and historical sites, local playgrounds and other recreation areas.

The Voice of Experience

May E-Newsletter

Experience Corps? offers new adventures in service for Americans over 55. Now in 14 cities, Experience Corps works to solve serious social problems, beginning with literacy. Today more than 1,800 Corps members serve as tutors and mentors to children in urban public schools and after-school programs, where they help teach children to read and develop the confidence and skills to succeed in school and in life.

Leader Points

April E-Newsletter

Centerpoint for Leaders and The Points of Light Foundation's newest e-publication to give you relevant and concise information on leadership and organizational development.


Celebrating Learning that Matters: Students and educators convene at regional summit at USM, Gorham Campus

On March 30-31 over 250 students and their educators from around New England gathered at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham Campus, for the sixth annual KIDS Consortium Student Summit on Service-Learning. This two-day conference is designed to showcase service-learning work?community projects linked with academic studies, such as students maintaining an indoor greenhouse and donating seedlings to community gardens. This year, Downeast Energy, based in Brunswick, was the major corporate sponsor of the Summit.

Hosted by KIDS Consortium and co-planned by students from the Westbrook Regional Vocational Center, attendees had an opportunity to celebrate their work, reflect on their experiences, and learn new skills! Since last September, the Westbrook students had been planning the Summit as their own service-learning project, with KIDS Consortium as their community partner. ?These high school business students have worked on the logistics, management, marketing, coordinating, and all other factors that go toward putting on a 2-day conference for students, their parents, teachers, and guests. We are all excited to see both the presentations by students from all around New England, and to admire the creativity and hard work of the Westbrook students who demonstrate that young people are not just our future---they are our present,? says KIDS Consortium Founder and President Marvin Rosenblum.

The theme of the event, Youth UNITE! encouraged participants to work together to make their communities better. Service-learning project presentations and exhibits were a highlight of the Summit, as was entertainer Randy Judkins and keynote speaker Maine Attorney General Steve Rowe. Attendees also took part in teambuilding activities, and workshops, including ?Fresh Food for All!? by Cultivating Community, ?To Speak or Not to Speak: Freedom Under Fire? by the Maine Civil Liberties Union, and ?Kids for Clean Water: Pollution Solutions? by the MDI Water Quality Coalition. The Summit itself was even an opportunity for young people to unite, as students collected canned goods for a craffle, a canned goods raffle. All contributions were donated to the Westbrook Food Pantry.

KIDS Consortium is a nationally recognized leader in the rapidly expanding service-learning movement. KIDS works with teachers, administrators and students to involve students in addressing real challenges faced by their communities. Together they identify, research, and work to address local community needs. With guidance from KIDS, teachers match those projects to school curricula, providing a powerful "hands on" learning experience that improves the community and brings academics to life.


Kerry Salvo

AmeriCorps *VISTA

KIDS Consortium

215 Lisbon St. Suite 12

Lewiston, ME 04240

(207) 784-0956


Grant Searches available

Did you know your congressional delegation has access to a database of more than 1500 financial programs, subsidies, scholarship, grants and loans offered by the US federal government? They also have information on grants from over 700 financing programs available by foundations across the United States. Businesses, individuals, municipalities, government departments, institutions, foundations, and associations will find a wealth of information that could help them start a business, improve existent activities, set up a business plan, finance personal projects, studies and research, or obtain assistance from experts in various fields of interest.

Interested? Contact MCCS Commissioner Sara Stevens at Congressman Michaud's Office.