Youth Services in PHA Communities
Boys and Girls Club
Boys and Girls Club has satellite clubs at 53-55 Riverton Park and 21 Popham St in Sagamore Village. Their programs are for youths ages 6 to 12 years old. During the school year, they are usually open Monday-Friday 3:00-5:30pm. Their summer hours are generally Monday-Friday 1:00-4:00pm.
Cultivating Community has a community garden in the Kennedy Park community, and they employ youth for their Youth Growers program each summer. If you would like to find out more information about Cultivating Community, email Craig Lapine at email@example.com or call 207-761-GROW (4769).
PROP Head Start operates sites at the Kennedy Park community center and Sagamore Village community center. Contact PROPinfo@propeople.org or 874-1140 for information and registration.
Pihcintu, Portland's Multicultural Youth Chorus, works with many youth in public housing. If you are interested in getting involved in the chorus, email Con Fullam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Hope through Education, Empowerment, Training and Action (CHEETA) is a summer program in Riverton Park for teenage residents who are interested in the arts, social justice, and leadership. Contact Katherine Sitham at email@example.com for more information.
The Nuer Narratives Project
Living with Peace is a non-profit 501c3 organization that offers cultural enrichment programs to immigrant youth. Living With Peace is providing Naath language instruction for children of the Nuer (African) tribe who live in the Greater Portland area and especially in Riverton Park. Programming is offered Saturdays between the hours of 12:00pm and 2:00pm in Riverton Park. Contact Christina Feller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Community Financial Literacy
Community Financial Literacy strives to enhance the lives of refugee and immigrant communities in Maine by teaching them financial literacy skills for a better future. They are a resource to community members seeking financial guidance and services. Contact Claude Rwaganje at email@example.com.
Family Self Sufficiency Programs
Contact Joni Boissonneault for more information at (207) 773-4753 x8265 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. These programs are designed to help residents save money and maintain steady jobs. Both Section-8 and Public Housing residents are eligible.
Wayside Food Rescue
Wayside Food Rescue operates a monthly food drop-off at Riverton Park and Sagamore Village. Every resident is eligible and encouraged to take part in this free program. Applications can be found at the property manager’s office or the food drop-offs. Riverton drop-offs are every third Wednesday from 3-5pm around the basketball courts. Sagamore’s drop-offs are every fourth Tuesday from 9:30-10:30am at the community building.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
UMaine Extension service offers “Garden Days” every year. On a spring day, Master Gardeners hand out free seedlings at each of the housing neighborhoods. They are also available to answer questions and help plan backyard gardens. Contact Amy Witt at email@example.com for more information.
Maine Career Center
The Career Center is the place to start when you're looking for your first job, your next job, a better job — or a whole new career. It's also the place to find information on training, education, and job fairs.
Goodwill Northern New England/TRC
Goodwill Workforce Solutions offers job training and career services to unemployed and underemployed people in Portland.
Contact Heather Stott at Heather.Stott@goodwillnne.org for more information.
Adult ESL Classes
Riverton Park: Call 874-8160 for class schedules. Classes generally meet twice a week at 102-104 Riverton Dr. during the school year.
Literacy Volunteers offers free tutoring for adults seeking to develop the literacy skills they need to reach important life goals like reading their first books, obtaining citizenship, helping their children with homework, taking care of personal bills and finding employment. Sagamore Village and Kennedy Park study centers have been used as periodic LV tutoring sites.