OUT Maine Receives Grant to Support Transgender Elementary Students Statewide

(Rockland, ME) - OUT Maine has received a $10,000 grant from the Cummings Fund and the Lawrence P. Ralston Fund as part of Maine Community Foundation’s Regional Grant Initiative. This funding will bring more training and support to under-resourced rural schools to provide safe spaces for LGBTQ youth, particularly transgender youth in elementary schools.  

“We’ve been hearing from elementary schools around the state who want to make sure that they have culturally specific information to best support trans students. With this grant, thanks to the Maine Community Foundation, we will be providing training and ongoing support to educators, administrators and school staff at 6-8 rural elementary schools beginning this fall,” said Jeanne Dooley, OUT Maine’s executive director.

The non-profit OUT Maine was founded in 1996 with a mission to support rural LGBTQ youth. In 2014, the organization hired staff and expanded offerings to include changing school climate through education, building a strong provider safety net by training those who work with LGBTQ youth and supporting parents and families of these at-risk youth to keep them safe and in their homes. 

 With offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.mainecf.org.

USA Today Recognizes OUT as Maine's Face of Pride

(Rockland, ME) - USA Today’s Faces of Pride highlights the LGBT community and their allies from all 50 states. The newspaper selected Rockland-based OUT Maine to represent Maine. This national coverage highlights OUT Maine’s work as the model for rural youth.

USA Today was not looking for each state's biggest organization. "We weren't interested in name recognition," explained Ashley May, USA Today Producer. Instead, USA Today sought advocates who shared authentic stories, who have unique approaches to the issues, who presented effective solutions. They spoke with LGBT advocates from all 50 states and Washington DC including OUT Maine’s executive director Jeanne Dooley.  A group of writers then selected the most compelling story from each state to include in the article. When asked why OUT Maine was chosen, May explained, “Dooley’s comments shed light on the challenges of reaching LGBTQ youth in rural areas.”

USA Today uses visual storytelling to reach nearly three million daily readers. OUT Maine’s board of directors are delighted at the opportunity for this national recognition. Board president Lucie Bauer said, “As board president, I continue to be heartened by the collaborative approach Jeanne and the OUT staff use to address the unique needs of LGBTQ youth in rural Maine. They do amazing work!”

The non-profit OUT Maine was founded in 1996 with a mission to support rural LGBTQ youth. In 2014, the organization hired staff and expanded offerings to include changing school climate through education, building a strong provider safety net by training those who work with LGBTQ youth and supporting parents and families of these at-risk youth to keep them safe and in their homes. For more information about OUT Maine, visit www.outmaine.org.

OUT Maine Welcomes New Board Members

(Rockland, ME) - OUT Maine welcomed two new board members at its recent April board meeting. Elected by the current board to serve as Directors for three-year terms are Rev. Ralph Moore, Jr. and Rev. Holly Morrison.

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Ralph Moore teaches Ethics at the Watershed School in Camden. He has served on the boards of the Camden Conference and the Coastal AIDS Network. He is the retired rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Rockland and lives in Rockland with his wife. Moore has experience in community work, as a volunteer and as a staff person. His motivation begins with the commitment he has to his own gay son and his family’s trans nephew. “I'm grateful for all the supportive people who model hope for them and I want to give what I can this unique service in our community,” says Moore.

Holly Morrison serves as pastor of Phippsburg Congregational Church (UCC), a designated "Open and Affirming" church with a commitment to welcoming LGBTQ people. Holly and her wife also run Tir na nOg Farm, an educational farmstead in Pownal, Maine, where volunteers explore human culture and agriculture in the context of sustainability and resilience. 

One of OUT Maine’s strategic goals for the year ahead is to is to reach a wider net of supporters as the organization offers training for educators and service providers statewide. “We’re delighted to have found both Ralph, with his ties to OUT’s hometown and Holly, with her experience and connections in Cumberland County. With only one board meeting under our belts, it’s clear that they are both strong supporters of OUT Maine and I’m confident that they’ll be instrumental in raising public awareness of OUT Maine around the state,” says Jeanne Dooley, Executive Director.

“We are fortunate to have board members who are dedicated to supporting LGBTQ youth and to improving the experiences of LGBTQ youth in rural Maine,”  said Lucie Bauer, Board President. Moore and Morrison join current board members Lucie Bauer, Ellen Sudow, John D. Adams, Ned Kane, Amy Paine, and Alan Pedersen.

Teaching Tolerance Saves Lives

Rockland, ME: We are proud to share Beth Birmingham's third article in the 3-part series she wrote about OUT for the Courier Gazette. It was a pleasure to work with Beth! For the last segment, Beth attended a provider training held in Rockland last month. She spoke with several service providers to learn why OUT matters to them and how our work informs the work they do.

Read the article here: http://knox.villagesoup.com/p/teaching-tolerance-saves-lives/1615399

OUT Maine welcomes Jennifer Temple as Development & Communications Coordinator

Rockland, ME - OUT Maine is pleased to announce that Jennifer Temple has joined its team as Development & Communications Coordinator. This new position will allow OUT to grow its donor and volunteer base as the program itself expands statewide.   

Temple and her family have lived in midcoast Maine for 14 years. Much of that time she was self-employed as the co-owner of Clean Bee Laundry in Camden. After selling the business, she is returning to social service. “One of the aspects I liked most about running my own business was the challenge of communicating the intention behind the service. By using social media as well as direct contact from personalized notes to utilizing community bulletin boards, OUT Maine has a wonderful story to tell. OUT Maine is all about creating safe spaces - in schools, in families, and in communities and I’m proud to be part of this meaningful work.” 

“Having a third staff member, one who is based in our downtown Rockland office and focused on streamlining systems and expanding community connections, is helping OUT be more involved in community and school outreach,” says Jeanne Dooley, executive director. OUT Maine, originally OUT! As I Want To Be, began 20 years ago as a volunteer-led organization. Originally a drop-in center for  Rockland based youth, OUT Maine maintains drop-in hours for local youth and has expanded its reach by assisting middle- and high-schools in establishing Gay Straight Trans Alliances (GSTAs) and offering supportive training to educators, service and health care providers. 

As OUT Maine continues to grow, it welcomes volunteers. Anyone interested in helping OUT -- from administrative tasks to participating with staff during the drop-in hours -- is welcome to contact OUT. Email jennifer@outmaine.org or call 800-530-6997.

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OUT Maine supports, educates and empowers rural LGBTQ youth by providing community safe spaces; changing school climate through education and building Gay/Straight/Trans Alliances (school clubs); building a strong provider safety net by training health and mental health providers, school staff, clergy and other youth service organizations; and supporting parents and families of these at-risk youth to keep youth safe in their homes.

To support rural LGBTQ youth, go to outmaine.org to make a donation or mail a check to PO Box 1723, Rockland, ME  04841. OUT Maine also encourages donors to consider providing a monthly sustaining donation to help the work continue.

Courier Gazette - OUT: Helping Youth Find Their True Selves

ROCKLAND, January 19, 2017 — The following is the second in a three-part series on OUT Maine: its need for expansion; some youths', families', and allies' involvement; and training being conducted across Maine to assist communities and schools in protecting the rights and safety of all students.   READ MORE...

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The Cantillo family, 2017

PenBay Pilot: OUT Maine looks to young leaders to help shape better services in the Midcoast

ROCKLAND — If you’re a young person in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, or a youth ally who has some definite ideas on issues that can be improved in the Midcoast, OUT Maine wants to hear from you.

After receiving a contract from Maine Youth Action Network, OUT Maine is now putting out a call to anyone age 14-22 from Knox, Waldo, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties who is community-oriented, an advocate for social justice, wants to develop leadership skills and to have a voice when it comes to the Midcoast’s schools and communities.  Read More...

OUTMaine launches recruitment for Youth Policy Board

Rockland ME  - OUT Maine is building a Youth Policy Board for midcoast youth ages 14-22 to address health and social justice issues. OUT is looking for community-oriented, social justice-minded youth from Knox, Waldo, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties who want to develop leadership skills and to have a positive impact on our schools and communities.

The newly forming Youth Policy Board is an opportunity for youth to create and recommend reforms to policies that affect their lives and those of their peers. The goals are twofold: support the positive youth development of Board members and create space for youth perspectives to shape public policy discussions. Youth participants will receive a small stipend.

“We are looking for youth who are passionate about the issues that affect the community. These youth will reflect the diversity of the four counties with regard to race, ethnicity, and/or national origin; gender expression and/or identity; sexual orientation; socioeconomic status; age and disability,” explains OUT Maine Program Director Sue Campbell. “We invite youth who are willing to speak up about current youth services and help us identify what’s working and what can be improved to better serve the needs of today’s youth. ”

The Youth Policy Board will meet monthly, February through April, at OUT Maine headquarters in Rockland and participate in a weekend retreat at Camp Kieve in May. The program is youth-led and rooted in the authentic experiences of Youth Policy Board members facilitated by adult advisors. Young people will be be the driving decision makers for research, policy development, and implementation.

If you or someone you know is interested, apply online at www.OUTMaine.org or email sue@outmaine.org to have an application mailed. Completed applications are due January 23.

OUT Expands as Need increases

OUT Maine has been features in the first of a three part series in the VillageSoup - Courier Gazette & Camden Herald

ROCKLAND — The following is the first of a three-part series on OUT Maine: its need for expansion; some youths', families', and allies' involvement; and training being conducted across Maine to assist communities and schools in protecting the rights and safety of all students. Eighty percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning, or LGBTQ, youth in Maine experience some form of harassment based on their gender expression. That is why, according to its staff, OUT Maine needs to reach more places in the state. Full Article here http://knox.villagesoup.com/p/out-expands-as-need-increases/1601926

ROCKLAND — The following is the first of a three-part series on OUT Maine: its need for expansion; some youths', families', and allies' involvement; and training being conducted across Maine to assist communities and schools in protecting the rights and safety of all students.

Eighty percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning, or LGBTQ, youth in Maine experience some form of harassment based on their gender expression. That is why, according to its staff, OUT Maine needs to reach more places in the state.

Full Article here http://knox.villagesoup.com/p/out-expands-as-need-increases/1601926

 

 

 

Blazing New Trails for LGBTQ Youth in Maine

OUT Maine is thrilled to celebrate Aiden Michael Campbell, a trans man and LGBTQ youth leader in the midcoast and Portland, who has just been named to the Executive Board of Phi Mu Delta Nu Xi Chapter at USM for 2017. Aiden, son of OUT Maine’s program director, is the first transgender President of a fraternity in Maine and second in the nation. Aiden is a trailblazer in so many ways and we are so happy and excited for him as he continues to help LGBTQ youth step fully into who they are! 

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth like Aiden have so much to give our state. OUT Maine supports, educates and empowers rural LGBTQ youth by providing community safe spaces, changing school climate through education and the building of Gay/Straight/Trans Alliances (school clubs), building a strong provider safety net by training health and mental health providers, school staff, clergy and other youth service organizations, and supporting parents and families of these at-risk youth to reduce homelessness. You can help youth like Aiden change their lives and improve the lives of others. For more information or to support LGBTQ youth, go to outmaine.org.

OUT Maine is seeking a Development Director to join it's growing team!

OUT Maine Development Director

 Dynamic, committed staff seeks experienced, creative and collaborative development director to join our team and lead efforts to build a sustainable and comprehensive development program to enable our organization’s expansion. We are a nonprofit based in Rockland that supports and empowers at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) teens and families throughout rural Maine. The position requires demonstrated capacity in:

  • Conducting prospect research and building a strong database of potential donors;
  • Researching funding sources, both foundation and corporate, for program support. 
  • Writing compelling, successful grant proposals;
  • Conducting successful fundraising campaigns – direct mail and on-line, including social media;
  • Coordinating a major gift program, including making solicitations as appropriate;
  • Activating networks to expand our supporter base;
  • Conducting strong stewardship to increase donor retention and donation levels;
  • Coordinating community events to build support;
  • Writing excellent fundraising materials;
  • Executing all donation processing and database management (Donorperfect); 
  • and
  • Working collaboratively with staff and the Board of Directors to accomplish development goals. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ degree, with three years’ of development experience
  • Ability to prioritize and effectively manage shifting priorities and handle multiple projects;
  • Propensity for action, strong work ethic, flexibility, professionalism, and the ability to work in a team environment and independently, and under pressur successfully;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated strong writing capacity
  • Superior organization and attention to detail skills, and exceptional follow-up capability;
  • Strong research skills, particularly in finding prospects and funders
  • Must possess the highest level of work ethics and integrity with the ability to maintain confidential information; demonstrated level of discretion in handling privileged information.

This position is 28-30 hours per week and is based in Rockland, Maine. Some weekend and evening work may be required for events and meetings. Please submit resumes and writing samples to outmidcoast@gmail.com by October 31st. No phone calls please.

OUTMaine values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

 

OUT Maine's youth launch party!

OUT's youth launch party on Friday night was a rocking event ! With music spilling out onto the street and over 40 youth attending, it was a great night at our Rockland office. Special thanks to Random Ideas, Yard Sail, Natalie on Synthesizer and Dick Richter for a wonderful evening! Hope to see all of you at our weekly drop Wednesday's 3-5. Details outMaine.org

OUT Maine's Youth Launch Party!

Vigil Honoring Orlando draws over 150 community members

June 14, 2016

Vigil Honoring Orlando draws over 150 community members

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Co-hosted with the First Universalist Church in Rockland, our vigil on Tuesday, June 14th at the Rockland Library lawn drew over 150 youth and adults to honor the victims of Orlando -- and all of our LGBTQ family and straight allies. The following poem read by Rockland Mayor Louise MacLellan-Ruf captured the sentiments of many, some of whom shared their own grief and call for action on gun control and keeping our youth safe.


"These are times that drop us to our knees.
Let us not be part of the vitriol and rancor
Instead let us unite in spirit and support
For all of our brothers and sisters
Mothers, fathers and friends
Lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and straight.
It does not matter.
We are all one.

We grieve and tonight remember Orlando.

We will continue to love out loud
We will continue to laugh out loud
We will continue to live out loud

We will continue to put ourselves out there
Offering kindness and love
Until the ignorant see the truth
We need to believe that
We outnumber the haters
We will outman and outrun the hate
We will outdistance the din
We believe that being out and about matters
With our persistence the hate will burn out
We believe, no, we know that
Our voices of sanity, kindness and fairness will win out."

OUT vows to continue our work to make the midcoast and all of Maine welcoming and affirming to all youth. Help us with the essential work by donating now!

LGBTQ Youth Camp - Together, we are changing lives!

April 29-May 1, 2016

It was an amazing weekend at Camp Kieve-Wavus in Nobleboro April 29-May 1st as 21 lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning (LGBTQ) youth from around Maine gathered together for learning, playing, connecting and having a “blast” (their word). Central to the weekend was learning about our comfort zones, stepping beyond those into our challenge zones and learning how to address our “danger zone” – a key life theme that played over and over all weekend. From outdoor low and high ropes courses and an amazing evening bonfire, through sharing their personal stories with nationally-known documentary filmmaker Dana Rae Warren, to asking for support and help, the new “family” forged into the LGBTQ Youth Action Team – with lots of plans for future activities.

 

Participants came from as far away as Machiasport, South Portland and Vinalhaven, as well as many schools in the midcoast region. Heartfelt thanks to the Kieve-Wavus counselors who spent the entire weekend connecting and supporting the youth!  Special thanks to Bowdoin students who gave OUT a grant to help make the retreat happen.

It truly takes a village to build support for these teens, and OUT is thrilled with the Kieve-Wavus and Bowdoin partnerships.

OUT RECEIVES GRANTS FROM THE STEIN FAMILY FUND AND THE MAINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION EQUITY FUND

January 7, 2016

In November, OUT As I Want to Be was humbled to have received $10,000 from the Jonathan Stein Charitable Fund of the Maine Community Foundation! This wonderful gift helps our efforts to create a welcoming and affirming midcoast through the building of a regional network of informed providers -- health care, behavioral health, clergy and youth.

In December, we also received a very generous $7,500 grant from the Maine Community Foundation Equity Fund! This grant will allow us to replicate our provider training around the region in the coming year. We are so grateful to have been the recipient of both grants!

UNITED MIDCOAST CHARITIES GIVES GRANT FOR PROVIDER EDUCATION EFFORTS

October 23, 2015

A big shout-out to UMCC for selecting OUT As I Want to Be for a $5000 grant to support our work to educate providers around the midcoast region. We are thrilled that UMCC has seen fit to support this critical work! Our next training, scheduled for December 4th, is now accepting registrations. Thanks, UMCC, for recognizing the importance of creating a welcoming and affirming midcoast region for all youth!

BOWDOIN STUDENTS SUPPORT OUT AS I WANT TO BE!

August 20, 2015 

BOWDOIN STUDENTS SUPPORT OUT AS I WANT TO BE!

OUT As I Want To Be is honored to be the recipient of a $6000 Forest Foundation Grant! As part of the Denning Fellowship (which is awarded to rising Bowdoin seniors who wish to work at nonprofits over the summer), James Jelin, Alexander Thomas, Bridget Kranz, Calvin Henry, Ella Driscoll, and Ali Ragan were tasked with selecting a nonprofit in the midcoast region about which they felt passionate enough to write a Forest Foundation grant on their behalf. Rising to the top of considered nonprofits, OUT is very excited by the student-led support. The grant will go towards funding OUT’s youth leadership work. We are thrilled to be the recipient of this grant and thank these amazing students for all of their hard work!

OUT is a regional nonprofit that works to support and empower midcoast Maine LGBTQ youth. OUT staff, volunteers and youth are working to improve school climate in our schools in Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties; provide safe space for LGBTQ youth at its Rockland office and through the new Belfast drop-in program sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church; and to educate area providers about working effectively with LGBTQ youth and their families.

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