Leadership and Collaborations

Our program is sponsored by SCARP – Somerset County Association of Resource Providers and its sub-committee, Somerset County Communities for Children and Youth.  All aspects of our work are guided by the program Advisory Board which meets regularly.

The program coordinator is Anna Lee Court. She is a youth development consultant and writer.  Previously, Ms. Court worked for 10 years doing research and writing in the challenging child welfare field of the adoption of adolescents.  In addition, she is the author of Raising Teens, a 10 part series that was most recently published in the Sunday editions of the Maine newspapers, the Morning Sentinel and the Kennebec Journal.  She was also coordinator of the Parent Media Campaign in upstate New York, and worked in inner city teen leadership development and community service programs in the Boston area.

Our young adult interns are Amber Cutten and Damion Parlin.  Amber is a graduate of Marti Stevens Learning Center and is currently a student at KVCC.  She has assisted Ms. Court in high school classes about sex and relationship for two years.  She has participated in several Family Planning Association of Maine sexuality education seminars.  Damion is a graduate of Marti Stevens Learning Center.  He became a father just before his 18th birthday and is still parenting his 4 year old daughter and partnering with her mother.  He teaches a class in Somerset County high schools called: Decisions: Personal Experiences of a Teen Dad.

Andrea Pasco was Director of our program for five years.  She was a health educator with Kennebec Valley Community Action Program for 14 years and developed several of our curricula and materials.

We collaborate closely with several organizations. The Kennebec Valley Community Action Agency and the Family Planning Association of Maine are major collaborators, providing technical assistance, training, services and general support.  Our program also collaborated with the Search Institute and its contractor, the Rand Corporation, in a three year project to evaluate the use of the Search Institute’s Developmental Assets and and the Rand Corporation’s Getting to Outcomes methods in our program.  We routinely use materials from Futures  Without Violence and from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.