GCSM Community Education Program


Mission Statement

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 and homeless youth with free educational sessions, materials, and the opportunity for engagement with fellow local students, teachers, and community members. 

Program Details:
Each week, Gateway staff and volunteers host drop-in educational sessions in the Community Room at the Howard Johnson hotel in South Portland. Monday sessions are geared towards 4th through 8th graders and run from 4-5:30 pm. Wednesday sessions are geared towards learners in 9th through 12th grade. Sessions generally consist of various learning and socialization activities such as reading, playing games, and assisting learners with homework assignments.

A Gateway staff member will attend these drop-in sessions to assist facilitators and learners as needed. If you are interested, please fill out this form or email [email protected] 

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Long-term Tutoring 

Long-Term Tutoring 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.

Program Details:
Through long-term tutoring, Gateway staff pair learners with volunteer tutors whose skills and experience match the learners’ needs. This program encourages volunteer tutors and learners to work together consistently over a long period of time to build the learners’ skills and achieve their long-term academic goals. The tutoring can be at the Gateway Hubs (located in Portland and Lewiston) or online. 

We have three cohorts throughout the year which serve 10 learners per cohort:

1st cohort: September-December 
2nd cohort: January-May
3rd cohort: June-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.

Information for Tutors

We are excited to be welcoming new tutors into the GCSM Community Education Program! Please fill out the referral form below to become a long-term tutor.




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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.   

COVID-19 Protocols

We are very excited that learners and volunteers can now meet in person but with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we want to ensure these meetings are safe for everyone. All volunteers who meet with learners in person are required to be vaccinated.

Masks are encouraged but not required. Thank you for helping us keep our program participants safe and healthy!

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