What We Do

Gateway Community Services, Maine (GCSM) seeks to encourage, support and build healthy connections within oneself and others in order to promote vibrancy and well-being, along with welcoming communities where all people feel accepted, valued and have a sense of belonging.

GCSM strives to help make Maine an inclusive and meaningful home for all – a place where communities are connected, and all people thrive.

In partnership with University of New England

COVID-19 Stories

Our Programs

Youth Mentor Program

This program is for individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 who have moved to the United States within the last five years. The ratio of mentors to mentees is usually 1:5. Goals for each individual enrolled in the mentor program are completely set by the mentees themselves...

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Community Youth Coalition

Formerly the COVID-19 Youth Coalition, GCSM originally developed youth led Coalitions in Lewiston and Portland, each with 10 members, to help our community deal with the challenges of COVID-19. In addition to leading the conversation about COVID-19, the youth in the Coalition have also led conversations on voting as well as...

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Gateway’s Community Education Program offers free academic support both in-person and online.  Click the button below to learn more about our education services.

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Color of Climate

Color of Climate centers youth and Black, Indigenous and People of Color, their voices, experiences, and perspectives on climate change and environmental justice. COC members explore the intersection of the climate crisis and our communities, who is involved in the fight for climate justice, and how you can be a leader in change. 

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Before the Pandemic, Gateway hosted many in-person workshops on the topics of health, financial literacy, college, careers, and more. We continue to host a hybrid model of in-person and virtual workshops. For the latest public events and workshops, please check our Facebook and Instagram pages. 

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Community Health Outreach

GCSM is fortunate to have three amazing Community Health Outreach Workers helping to serve the immigrant, refugee, asylee, and asylum-seeking Greater Portland and Lewiston-Auburn communities. All our CHWs work to provide wraparound wellness services to community members.

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The Gateway Hubs

GCSM has worked hard to create a space that is open and inviting for community members, especially to youth and young adults. For this reason, GCSM has things like a pool table and TVs to watch the next big soccer game with friends, while also providing a quiet study space including individual and group work areas and study supplies. In addition to the facility itself, the Gateway Hubs aim to bring a variety of programming to the space that can speak to the interests and curiosities of our community members. 

Where are the hubs?

Community Health Worker Testimonial

We are excited to share this clip, filmed and edited by Boundless MEdia, highlighting the work that Ekhlas Ahmed has done for our community as a community health worker.

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Organizational History