June 2021 Newsletter 
While we are happy to celebrate so many accomplishments and goals reached over the past year, we also know many Maine students have fallen behind due to remote and hybrid learning. For a lot of them, this means trying to catch up in summer school. This summer, JMG is teaming up with two Central Maine school districts, the Alfond Youth & Community Center, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterville, and Thomas College to offer a variety of fun and interactive learning opportunities. 
JMG Specialist Victor Esposito with students participating in the RETREAT initiative at the
Alfond Youth & Community Center
This new initiative, RETREAT (Re-Engaging Through Recreation, Education & Technology), is aimed at helping students in the Waterville and Messalonskee school districts reconnect with school and gain valuable life skills in positive and enjoyable ways. 
Students can explore careers, play sports, or take lessons in photography, art and guitar. JMG Specialists and partners will lead hands-on classes, including classic car restoration, fly fishing, cooking, nutrition and outdoor survival. Students can earn CPR, Lifeguard, and Counselor-in-Training credentials for childcare.

The program runs for three weeks, from July 12 – July 30, and includes transportation and meals. “Summer school has a reputation of students spending long hours sitting in a classroom,” says JMG President & CEO Craig Larrabee. “This has been a particularly stressful school year and we need to shake things up. More than ever, we need to be student centered. We need to make sure we’re meeting their physical, academic and social-emotional needs in a fun and nurturing environment.”  
Why We Invest in JMG: MaineHealth
MaineHealth’s relationship with JMG started when MaineHealth attended JMG's Career Development Conference (CDC) at Thomas College in the spring of 2019. There, we were able to experience the event’s variety of offerings, participate in the career fair portion of the event, and meet with JMG students for the first time. MaineHealth and JMG continue to have a strong partnership working with youth across the state to offer valuable learning opportunities with healthcare workers, trainings, careers and events.
By Stephanie Garland
Workforce Development Specialist
MaineHealth is committed to introducing students to all of the career opportunities in healthcare as well as promoting employment opportunities within the communities we serve.

“MaineHealth continues to be a proud partner working with JMG to assist in seamless career pathways for our future workforce.” – Judith West, Chief Human Resource Officer, MaineHealth

We also work with JMG Specialists to educate youth on a variety of paid training opportunities throughout our health system. These include Certified Nursing Assistant and Medical Assistant trainings, Maine Medical Center School of Surgical Technology and the NorDx Phlebotomy School. Additionally, MaineHealth offers a Talent Network through our career site, where youth and job seekers alike can indicate their areas of interest and sign up for job and event notifications. This is a great way for students to stay up to date on the latest program offerings and available health careers. To learn more, visit: https://www.mainehealth.org/Careers/Workforce-Development

MaineHealth is a not-for-profit family of high-quality providers and health care organizations committed to the health and well-being of the communities and people we serve. As the largest health care organization in Maine and a leading health care provider serving northern New Hampshire, MaineHealth is recognized as one of the nation’s top integrated health care delivery networks. 
Cony High School JMG students standing in a sea of cereal boxes
collected for the Augusta Food Bank
by Amanda French & Keygan Wyman
Cony High School JMG Students
Mrs. Couture, the JMG Specialist at Cony High School, presented an idea that the students fell in love with. We thought about running a cereal drive for the Augusta Food Bank. Our goal as a school was to collect 1,000 cereal boxes within only two weeks! The JMG class decided that we could announce the cereal drive over the intercom and Amanda French (our student project manager), along with Mrs. Couture, created a pyramid display of cereal in the library window. Students soon caught on and brought in cereal to the JMG classroom. Cony High School was ecstatic to aid the community. One in every five children and one in every six adults has food insecurities.

Cony High School collected a total of 1,333 boxes of cereal, which we set up in the auditorium in a way that would let us tip the first one over and then watch the “domino effect” of our project. Once we knocked them over and donated them to the food bank, we decided to challenge Gardiner, Erskine, Hall-Dale, and Morse high schools. This was important because it spread the news of food insecurity throughout the region. All of the schools came together and collected over 10,000 boxes of cereal. The cereal drive at Cony was a major success and was a great help to the community. This was also a great help for JMG because it built leadership skills in the classroom and that is one of our career development goals. JMG would like to personally thank the Augusta Food Bank for taking in our donation and we hope to work with them next year.

JMG: A True Public-Private Partnership
To learn more about JMG and how you can get involved, go to: www.jmg.org