GCSM Community Education Program
The GCSM Community Education Program provides access to free educational opportunities for community members by connecting them with a committed team of local volunteers. Services provided include 1-1 long-term tutoring for 5th-12th graders and drop-in educational sessions for New Mainer youth and youth experiencing homelessness, as well as opportunities to engage with learning at the Gateway Hubs in Portland and Lewiston.
Drop-In Education at The Howard Johnson Hotel
Drop-In Mission Statement:
In preparation for success in the school system, The GCSM Community Education Program provides Newly Arrived children with free educational sessions, materials, and the opportunity for engagement with fellow local students, teachers, and community members.
There are weekly Monday sessions are in the community room at the Howard Johnson Hotel 4-5:30 pm for 4-7 year olds. There are weekly Wednesday sessions are in the community room at the Howard Johnson Hotel 4-6pm for children older than 8 years old. This can include reading together, talking together, and working on packets created by ELL teachers.
Gateway staff members will be in attendance for these drop-in sessions to assist facilitators and learners as needed. If you are interested, please fill out this form or email [email protected]
Long- Term Mission Statement: Long-term tutoring provides support and advocacy to 5th-12th grade learners enrolled in school. This program reduces barriers to learning and academic success by providing free tutoring sessions in accessible community locations.
Through long-term tutoring, Gateway staff pair up learners with volunteer tutors whose skills and experience match up with the learners’ needs. This program encourages volunteer tutors and learners to work together consistently over a long period of time on building the learners’ skills and achieving their long-term academic goals. The tutoring can take place at the Gateway Hubs (located in Portland and Lewiston) or online.
We have three cohorts throughout the year which serves 10 learners per cohort.
First cohort: September-December 2nd cohort: December-May, 3rd cohort: May-September
Thanks to an overwhelming response from the community, we are not accepting new learner referrals at this time. We will reopen the referral form when spots are available. If you would like to stay up to date on Gateway’s programming and how you can support this work, click below to subscribe to our monthly newsletter.
Education Opportunities in the Hubs
Gateway Community Services Maine seeks to use our hubs as a space for community members to have access to learning and connections.
We are very excited that learners and volunteers can now meet at our Gateway hubs, but with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we want to ensure these in-person meetings are safe for everyone. All tutors who meet in-person are required to be vaccinated.
Masks are encouraged but not required. Thank you for helping us keep our tutoring program safe and healthy! If you are over the age of 12 and you need to get your free COVID-19 vaccine, or if you have other questions or concerns, please contact Krista Pierce at [email protected]