The Courageous Steps Project held it’s 2nd annual dinner on Wednesday January 10th at the United Baptist Church.
This year, we were proud to award this year’s Katahdin Award to Beal College, this year’s Black Bear Award to Governor’s Restaurant, and this year’s CEO Volunteer of the Year award to Jay Martin, the board chair of The Courageous Steps Project.
A big thank you goes to our board members, committee members, volunteers, and supporters for helping make the night special. Your support and efforts are why our organization is still growing!
Thank you also to Dairy Queen Franks Bakery, Hannaford, and Labree’s Bakery for donating deserts for the event. Thank you also to the Roost in Orono for catering the event.
The Courageous Steps Project is excited to announce the beginning of a merger with some of our initiatives. Starting on January 1st, 2018, the Courageous Steps Project’s Scholarship Fund will fall under the umbrella of a new initiative called STEP FORWARD, an initiative aimed at supporting children and young adults with developmental challenges by giving these individuals opportunities through community engagement events and other mentorship opportunities. More importantly, we hope to instill a ‘Can-Do-Attitude’ in all children and young adults with developmental challenges.
This seamless transition has already begun, and will be completed on January 1st. Community Engagement events will be taking place throughout 2018.
Our first major step to growing this initiative, is establishing an advisory board that oversees the initiative. More importantly, this group will have input on growing the STEP FORWARD initiative. If you aren’t serving on a current committee with our organization, we hope that you consider joining this advisory board. If you are interested, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your consideration in helping our organization grow this initiative that will have long-term impacts on many children and young adults with developmental challenges in the Eastern Maine region, and other regions of Maine!
Connor Archer, Founder & CEO.
Are you looking to support The Courageous Steps Project this holiday season?
We have several ways that you can do that!
Join us on Saturday December 2nd at Old Town Elementary School for their Holiday Bazaar. We will have a booth at the event selling Yankee Candle products, bookmarks, chocolate, and other products. All proceeds from the event will benefit Courageous Steps endeavors.
If you can’t make it to that event, you are encouraged to make a donation. A simple $10-$20 donation goes a long ways. If you are a business, we encourage you to sponsor the organization with a simple donation of $100.00. Your support in one of these areas goes a long ways to supporting our endeavors.
If you have any questions, please email us at: email@example.com!
We are proud to introduce an event that is coming up for G.E.A.R Parent Network (A program of Crisis & Counseling Centers based out of Augusta.
Location: Pathways, 21 Main Street, Bangor, ME 04401
Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017, from 9-11 a.m. & 6-8 p.m.
“Take Action Against Bullying” Presented by Nancy Gray, Regional Parent Support Coordinator Bullying has become such a widespread problem it is now being recognized as a major mental health concern for children and youth, having been found to leave long-term emotional scars and psychological effects similar to anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress. This workshop will help you identify the warning signs of both the victim and the bully. Prevention and effective coping skills will be explored.
Facilitated by parents for parents. Are you worried about your child’s emotional well-being? Through parent-to- parent sharing of experiences and knowledge, G.E.A.R. empowers parents of children with behavioral health needs to build on their family’s strengths and to advocate for their family’s needs. Free services available to parents and caregivers include information and support by phone; monthly support groups; education, health, and legal training; and social opportunities. We are parents helping each other. We offer unconditional support: no blame, no shame, and no judgment! We want you to know that you are not ALONE!
To register, please contact:
Nancy Gray, Regional Parent Support Coordinator Penobscot, Piscataquis & So Aroostook; 1.800.264.9224 or 215.6254 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.gearparentnetwork.org
If you have other questions about other external opportunities, please contact us at: email@example.com.
Dedham School welcomes founder & CEO Connor Archer to tape students and staff for ‘One Word’ Challenge
The Dedham School welcomed our founder & CEO Connor Archer to videotape students and staff for their ‘One Word’ Challenge production.
The Dedham School is the 12th ‘One Word’ Production to take place since it’s launching in 2015.
Principal Jeff Paul invited Connor to officially challenge the school back in September. Since then, the staff and students have been brainstorming their one word to use.
“It continues to grow beyond my expectations” said Archer, who has successfully carried this newly-formed non-profit organization. “We have or are completing 13 ‘One Word’ challenges, and we are hoping to complete more in the near future," added Archer.
Any school interested in pursuing a Courageous Steps ‘One Word’ Challenge, should contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail their request to: The Courageous Steps Project, P.O. Box 1, Stillwater, ME 04489.
Recently, The Courageous Steps Project received a donation of $1,000.00 for all endeavors for the organization. According to CEO and founder, Connor Archer, this donation was not expected.
Archer spoke about the donation to the organization earlier today, “We are honored as an organization to have generous businesses who contribute funds, and other services to our organization” said Archer. “It was definitely a surprise for all of us to hear” added Archer.
This donation is one of many donations that Archer hopes will allow the organization to grow into more communities of Maine.
Archer’s efforts have lead The Courageous Steps Project to creating successful initiatives, and launching new ones currently.
“I am confident that this will not be the only donation. We still have a lot to get done this year and the more we receive now, the better we are in the upcoming months."
The Courageous Steps Project recently awarded $400.00 to Orono Middle School for standing desks within their classrooms.
This donation was made possible through The Courageous Steps Project’s Wishlist Initiative, which helps classroom teachers and other organizations, through smaller donations while still making a big impact.
In 2016, Orono Middle School took part in the ‘One Word’ Challenge. Orono is one of 12 schools to take the challenge so far.
If your organization is interested in applying for a Wishlist grant, you can visit our website at: www.thecourageousstepsproject.org, or email us at: email@example.com, for any questions!
The Courageous Steps Project recently challenged the Dedham School in Dedham to the first Courageous Steps ‘One Word’ Challenge of the 2017-2018 School Year.
Founder & CEO Connor Archer visited the school on Tuesday September 19th, to deliver the official challenge. You can find a video of that posted on our Facebook page.
This marks the 12th school that has accepted a ‘One Word’ Challenge. 11 schools have completed the challenge.
To have us challenge your school, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website to learn more!
Old Town Elementary School teachers April Poulsen, and Lesile Johnson-Wright received a Wishlist donation from The Courageous Steps Project on Monday August 28th.
The donation allowed them to purchase sensory seating for their classrooms creating a sensory area, allowing children to sit on them and read, do homework, or do an in-class activity.
They are the first teachers to receive a Wishlist donation from Old Town Elementary School. This is the 9th Wishlist donation this year. That’s nearly tripled from last year’s total.
If you are interested in helping our organization, please contact Connor Archer, our founder & CEO at: email@example.com.
The Courageous Steps Project recently held a benefit dinner at Governor’s Restaurant in Old Town on Tuesday August 8th.
Proceeds from the event went towards fulfilling the mission and vision of The Courageous Steps Project.
The Courageous Steps Project holds many events throughout the year, including raffles and a silent auction coming up this fall.
To learn more about upcoming Courageous Steps events, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or simply visit our Facebook page!
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Courageous Steps Project fundraiser held at Governor's - 8/9/16