One Maine One Portland
"Fostering nurturing and healthy relationships, environments, and programs that encourage positive youth development & enable all young people in Greater Portland to live substance free." 
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Do You Know Someone Who Thinks Young People Are Not Active in Their Communities?  Tell Them to Think Again.
We've made it our mission for this issue to connect with local providers to highlight the ways youth are involved around us everyday.  Not only have we been given resources from MYAN, Healthy Portland and Day One, we've scoured the Net for sites and groups that provide evidence that young people are engaging in and creating opportunities for community involvement.  While the featured list of pro-youth organizations promoting healthy choices and civic engagement may not be all-encompassing, we do think it is a good start.
Here are some of the online resources we'd like to share with you!

Want to Know What Young People are Saying about Why They Don't Use Drugs & Alcohol?  Check it out on

myantidrug youth picHundreds of thousands of teens across the country have told FreeVibe about their Anti-Drugs -- the hobby, person, or passion that stands between them and drugs. Check them out on the pages of

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What's Your Anti-Drug

Reconnecting Youth: In Their Own Words

Click for RY Description (SAMHSA)

Hooray for another year of RY!  Each year we do our best to capture the essence of RY in our evaluation and reporting to OSA but in all honesty, it's a challenge to describe the true spirit and emotionality of this program within the parameters of our assessment tools. 

Local Youth Projects: Blunt Youth Radio on WMPG & PRX Series "Youth Speak Out"

longcreek ydcProduced in 2003, incarcerated youth from the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, Maine told stories of life behind bars.  The 20-part series was broadcast on Blunt Youth Radio Project and is currently available for listening on PRX (Public Radio Exchange).  
Here are some brief descriptions of the stories available online:
"Incarcerated youth producer, Tyler, interviewed his fellow inmates about their definition of freedom and what they would do with freedom if they had it."
"Incarcerated youth producer, Zack, interviews his sister and grandmother to gain some insight on his own life and the life of his alcoholic mother."
"Cassie, a young producer incarcerated at the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, ME, gives a step-by-step account of her battle with addiction."

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Click Here for the Blunt Youth Radio Project

Promoting "Family Day" and 2-1-1 Maine's PRL

This September, members of the OMOP Parent Involvement Subcommittee collaborated with 2-1-1 Maine in an effort to streamline parenting support-related resources in the Greater Portland area.  By putting our collective resources together with 2-1-1 Maine, the "Parent Resource Link" or "PRL" was established.

FMI on this subcommittee and its efforts, please contact Amanda Edgar at 756-8053.
2007 Maine Alliance for Addiction & Recovery Celebration! 
Despite down-pours and blowing winds, a festive and willing crowd gathered at Capitol Park in Augusta on Saturday September 15, 2007 for a fantastic mix of music, bubbles a-plenty and shared stories of hope and inspiration!

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week October 22-28, 2007

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. This year Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated October 20-28, 2007.

Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to live drug free lives with the ultimate goal being the creation of drug-free America.
For Red Ribbon Week Activities & Event Ideas, Click the Icon Below!
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2007 Overdose Prevention Project's Recovery & Wellness Resource Fair

Visit the Recovery Month Website!In conjunction with National Alcohol & Addiction Awareness Month (September 2007), the Overdose Prevention Project will be co-hosting its 4th "Recovery & Wellness Resource Fair" with Preble Street Resource Center/Wayside Soup Kitchen on October 24, 2007 from 2:00-4:00 . 

We have 20+ providers confirmed and some really great items to give away to the participants at the raffle!  Full details will be in the December issue of our e-newsletter. 
If you have any questions about this year's event, contact Amanda.

Welcome, Nancy!

Ronni & Amanda would like to welcome the Overdose Prevention Project's new intern, Nancy!  Nancy is a student at SMCC in Bath and she will be working with the OPP 10 hours/week helping us plan the Recovery & Wellness Resource Fair as well as co-facilitating addiction-education groups in the Cumberland County Jail and at Preble Street Resource Center with Amanda this Fall.

We are happy to have Nancy join us in our prevention efforts!

One Maine One Portland


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It's exciting to know that some of you are new to receiving our newsletter so we extend thanks to those who have been active within OMOP and to those who are just starting to get to know us. 

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We always look forward to offering resources and ideas to the group and to the community at large but more than anything, we welcome your ideas and suggestions.  Please consider us a place where you can share your knowledge, resources and experiences and where you can be sure that we will do the same.  Please contact Amanda Edgar at
Enjoy the upcoming Fall in Maine!

MYAN Youth & Adult Partnership Training

On August 30, 2007, Ronni & Amanda attended the Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) "Youth & Adult Partnership Training" held in collaboration with the Innovation Center.
This training offered everyone involved the opportunity to engage with each other and to make great community connections.  The trainers shared ways to better collaborate wtih youth and new ways to look at youth partnerhsips.  Examples were: Ways to examine the skills/knowledge/attitudes needed to advocate, start and sustain youth/adult partnerships; both youth and adult perspectives were utilized in determining the best ways to participate in these partnerships.
For More Information on the Innovation Center or MYAN, Click the Icons Below!
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Click Here for the Innovation Center Website
Check out These Links!
Click Here for the Time to Talk Website
Click Here for the Time to Talk Yahoo! Group  
Click Here for the i-Safe/i-Mentor Website
Click Here for the Dose of Prevention Website 
Click Here to Enter the Zoey's Room Website
Click Here for the Platform Shoes Forum
Click Here for the U Take it Back! Website 
Click Here for the FACE Project Website
OMOP Partners
FMI About Our Partners Click on Any of the Icons!
Click Here for the PROP Website
Click Here for the Healthy Portland Website 
Click Here for the Portland Housing Authority's Website
Click Here for the 21 Reasons Website 
Click Here for the Day One Website 
Click Here for the Maine SDFSCA Website
Click Here for the Portland Schools Website 
Click Here for the OSA Website 
Click Here for the City of Portland Public Health Division's Website

The One Maine One Portland Member Community Calendar

Local events, classes and services have been added to our Community Calendar with new additions from Windham Adult Education, Youth Alternatives, Real Life. Real Talk., and Parkside Community Center.  Click on the icon to check it out!

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How to Become Involved

The OMOP Steering Committee meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 11:30-1:00.  If you are interested in attending a meeting or finding out about more opportunities for community involvement, please contact Ronni Katz at 756-8116 or
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The "Coordinator's Corner" with  OMOP's Ronni Katz will return in Decembrrrr!