Each month Educate Maine will be highlighting a "Mission Moment" to showcase the work done over the past 10 years. Please enjoy our archive of these stories! 

March Mission Moment: Students 
 
Educate Maine is committed to experiential learning through all of our programs including our internship program. We are also proud to host interns each summer and throughout the year when possible. In 2019 we partnered with Live + Work in Maine to host four campus-based interns across the state to promote internships and career experiences at college campuses and drive interest in living and working in Maine after graduation.
 
Maddie Stevens was based at the University of southern Maine where she was an undergrad studying Marketing, Tourism, and Hospitality.
 
We asked Maddie about her experience and what made this internship stand out among her other experiences. "Educate Maine gave me the opportunity to meet one on one with employers and to make connections in Southern Maine." Maddie added, "At the time I was a student who had very limited networking interactions - this connection helped tremendously giving the connection and a purpose to learn more about Maine employers."
April Mission Moment: Higher Education 
 
Our partnerships with Maine’s higher education institutions run deep and the strong relationships we have intersect across all of Educate Maine’s programs. We intentionally work to support student aspirations, success, college and career preparation and career readiness with our higher education partners because that work is at the heart of our mission. 
 
When strategically planning out our work for the year, we connect and collaborate with our higher education colleagues to make sure we are aligning events, networking opportunities, programming, and professional development. Our cooperation is firmly rooted in doing the best for students so they persist and complete their education and go on to be successful contributing members of Maine’s economy.
 
Our deliberate alignment of Educate Maine priorities with higher education initiatives is evident in Education Leaders Experience, Maine Career Catalyst, Maine Teacher of the Year, and Project>Login. Additionally, we often participate in policy and advocacy work together with our higher education partners. Making gains in educational attainment is a shared goal and directly tied to MaineSpark, of which we are all members.
 
We are grateful for the continued leadership and dedication of faculty, staff, and students at Husson University, Thomas College, University of New England, Maine's Community College System, and the University of Maine System campuses. Educate Maine is proud to partner with all of you!
MAY MISSION MOMENT: SUPPORTING TEACHERS
 
Educate Maine is excited to announce a matching grant from Gorham Savings Bank. During the month of June, the first $2,500 in donations to Educate Maine will be DOUBLED!
 
Giving during the next month will be directed toward our programs supporting Maine's amazing educators. To learn more about our work with teachers, our website donation page. Thank you for your support!!
June Mission Moment: Education Advocacy 
 
Educate Maine engages in outreach and advocacy to advance education policies and practices that prepare Maine students for postsecondary learning and the workforce. Working with educators to develop their advocacy skills is a core part of our work. Through high-quality professional development, earned media, and participating in advocacy coalitions, Educate Maine champions policies that support career readiness and education attainment. 
 
As the first session of the 130th Legislature comes to a close, Educate Maine is proud of the bipartisan support for education and workforce development during this session. Over the next few days with final votes, the state will fulfill its commitment to fund 55% of local education costs for the first time in history, provide needed support for Maine's higher education institutions, launch the Maine Career Exploration Program, and make important investments to implement the State Economic Development Strategy. These investments will help Maine meet its state attainment goal of 60% by 2025.  
July Mission Moment: Workforce Development
 
Educate Maine engages in workforce development across all of our programs to strengthen career readiness for all Mainers. Project>Login and Maine Career Catalyst are two programs built on this mission that work directly with employers throughout the year.
 
Maine Career Catalyst's goal is to improve the perception of Maine as a vibrant place to live and work and increase the attraction of skilled workers to Maine. We do this through partnerships and ongoing professional development events for college students across the state that cultivate their career skills and expand their networks. On Friday, twenty-five students from multiple disciplines and industries will join in an interactive, half-day Social Justice Leadership Workshop to learn how to be lead in this area as they move through their careers. The event is being led by WeMaxx Consulting and featuring leaders from Prosperity Maine.
 
Project>Login has worked with employers and training and education partners to build a network of career ready individuals with the skills necessary for employment in the IT and computing fields. We do this by bringing together students, faculty, staff, and businesses to connect about career exploration and targeted job preparation across Maine, including employer-based events, virtual workshops and campus-based networking opportunities. We also continually work with employers to identify the top skills they need for their in-demand roles, and then communicate those skills and necessary training to students, faculty, jobseekers, and the general public.