The One Maine One Portland Coalition
Fostering nurturing and healthy relationships, environments & programs that encourage positive youth development and enable all young people in
Greater Portland to live substance free.

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June 2008
It's almost Summer!  Every other month, we send out our One Maine One Portland Coalition e-newsletter which highlights positive youth development, parental monitoring tips, upcoming community activities & opportunities for involvement.  Please feel free to email us your program updates and/or events--we love to spread the word about the GREAT things going on in our area and beyond!
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Parents Ask:
"Who is
this kid
"For every parent of a teenager who has wondered 'Who is this kid?' a new web site from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America aims to make answering the question easier."
Click Here for the Video
"Through video, humorous interactive segments, role-playing and advice from experts, parents and caregivers can learn how adolescent brain development explains 'normal' teen behaviors, impulsiveness, rebellion, high emotions and risk-taking and how to use this new information to connect with teens."

"'A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain' is the first in a series of new interactive products the Partnership will introduce at this year as part of a major new effort to champion parents and help them prevent and address drug and alcohol abuse among their kids and in their families."

Check it out!
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Time To Talk on Yahoo! Groups
Don't forget to check out Portland's "Time To Talk" on Yahoo! Groups. 
"Share talk tips, ask questions, get support and learn how to have positive conversations with your teens to keep them healthy and drug-free."
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Would you like more info about "Time To Talk?
Want postcards for your upcoming events? 

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or call 756-8053 FMI

New publications & resources from the
Search Institute Press:

Empowering Youth: How to Encourage Young Leaders to Do Great Things

Engage Every Parent! Encouraging Families to Sign On, Show Up & Make a Difference

Click Here for the Search Institute Press Website

Helping Teens Handle Tough Experiences: Strategies to Foster Resilience

The Best of Building Assets: Favorite Group Activities

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Highlights from Around Maine
The Kindness Center
Change your heart, change your life, change the world...
"Without warning Biddeford, Maine experienced a tornado of kindness...Residents were lifted up and spirits were tossed into unfamiliar territory as Michael Chase of the Kindness Center churned up a whirlwind of "100 acts of kindness inClick Here FMI About The Kindness Center 100 minutes.  At ground zero, the back of his truck parked behind city hall in the small downtown area, Michael dispensed from a large board 100 kindness cards containing action items for the volunteers to complete. Young kids handed out flowers and balloons to strangers and passers-by, who, often wanted to help with the kindness challenge themselves." Read More from
Click Here to Read More about The Kindness Center & Upcoming Events

The Telling Room:
"I Carry it Everywhere" Book Release Party
"The Telling Room is throwing a book release party! I Carry Click Here FMI About Portland's Telling RoomIt Everywhere will make its debut as the 2008 Telling Room anthology--a yearlong project that involved over 400 students [which include Rickey from Deering Reconnecting Youth] and dozens of volunteers and supporters. It's time to celebrate and congratulate." Come to the SPACE Gallery at 538 Congress St. Doors at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5 (all ages).

Doherty Field Skatepark Updates
"The City of Portland's Skatepark Planning Committee unveiled its Momentum fundraising campaign for a new skate park at Dougherty Field. The Committee initiated its 'Buy a Brick' effort to help raise $50,000Click Here FMI About the Skatepark Committee for a dollar for dollar matching grant from the Ollie Fund of the Maine Community Foundation."

"The Momentum logo was designed by Deering High School student, Meaghan Maurice, the winner of a citywide contest. For more information on how to purchase a brick or about the work of the Skatepark Planning Committee, visit"

Project AWARE
Click Here for "Natural Highs"Natural Highs--As one teen puts it, "Things to do that don't hurt you but are fun." Check out Natural Highs
"Untold Stories"--Untold Stories is a dramatic movie created by the Project AWARE Players to raise awareness about bulling and harassment. The DVD will be available for communities as an educational tool beginning in the Fall of 2008. More About "Untold Stories"
Summer Film
Beginning in the summer of 2008, Project Aware will offer a one week summer institute for video production and acting. Addressing one pressing issue, the youth involved in the institute will produce a PSA designed to raise awareness and make a difference in the community. Find Out More!

5th Annual Latino Soccer Tournament!
Click Here FMI About the Soccer Tournament!The City of Portland's Minority Health Program (Public Health Division, H & HSD) invites you to the 5th Annual Latino Soccer Tournament for two great days of artistic soccer wizardry, cultural entertainment and diverse ethnic food. Information about health services such as HIV/STD prevention and breast and cervical health will be available.  Additionally, major health care providers in the greater Portland area like Portland Community Free Clinic, Maine Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, Ingraham and volunteers and will be on hand to provide valuable health information. 
Click Here to View the Flyer in English
Click Here to View the Flyer in Spanish

Spurwink Music Program Rocks On
Click Here FMI About Spurwink's Music Program"Four years ago teacher Jeff Shaw arrived at the Spurwink School to start a music program. It's already getting national attention. 'Our program,' says Shaw, 'is less about music theory and music history and more about just creating positive experiences for kids through music. That's our goal here. If I can get a kid to smile a little bit and maybe get past some of those walls they have up around them I feel like I'm doing my job.'" 
Click Here for the WCSH6 Story & Video
National Events & Publications
CASA Logo CASA's "Family Day"
"A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children™ - A national initiative to remind parents that what your kids really want at the dinner table is YOU!" This year's Family Day Celebration is September 22, 2008.
Get the conversation started with the "Family Dinner Box of Questions!" With questions like, "What qualities do you look for in a friend?," and "If you were in charge of the music for your family vacation, which songs would you select?" this "Family Dinner Box of Questions" will be real hit!
Click Here FMI About the "Family Dinner Box of Questions"
(A portion of the proceed from the "Family Dinner Box" are donated to CASA)

The 2008 Prudential
Spirit of Community Awards
Prudential Spirit Award"The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor youngpeople in middle level and high school grades for outstanding volunteer service to their communities. Click the icon for a list of the 2008 honorees. This year two Maine youth were honored"
Read about 8th Grader Chad Worster (Bangor Daily News)

Teens Openly Chat About Drugs
and Alcohol Online, Study Finds
"Caron Treatment Centers, a nonprofit alcohol and drug treatment center in Pennsylvania, commissioned a study by Nielsen BuzzMetrics to see what teens talk about online."
Click Here for the Study Details (PDF)teen online
"Ashley Duffy, 18, knew her parents wouldn't tap into her online journal so she wrote freely about her drug use. She was at parties with people who had drugs. 'Kids are really open says she used the Internet to contact her dealer and connect about it. I see posts from other people describing a night on acid or whatever,' says Duffy of West Chester, Pa., who underwent treatment and says she has been drug-free for 16 months. 'I think they think their parents are clueless. And I guess they are.'" Click Here for the Related Article & Details from USA Today

Taste for Quick Boost
Photo Courtesy of Stuart Bradford for the New York TimesTied to Taste for Risk
"Health researchers have identified a surprising new predictor for risky behavior among teenagers and young adults: the energy drink.  Super-caffeinated energy drinks, with names like Red Bull, Monster, Full Throttle and Amp, have surged in popularity in the past decade. About a third of 12- to 24-year-olds say they regularly down energy drinks, which account for more than $3 billion in annual sales in the United States."
Read More from the NY Times

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Our next meeting will be held on
Tuesday July 8, 2008 from 12:00-1:30 at City Hall in Portland. If you are interested in joining one of our meetings or if you would like more information about OMOP, please contact Ronni Katz at 756-8116 or at

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OMOP is supported by the City of Portland Public Health Division
Health & Human Services Department, the Healthy Maine Partnerships &
the Maine Office of Substance Abuse