The Courageous Steps Project recently hosted it's 9th Annual Back-To-School Drive on Tuesday August 16th from 10am-5pm. This year's event had one of it's best turnouts yet, with the generosity of many donors including long-time community partners.
"This year was one of our best years yet in terms of support" said Founder & Chairman/CEO Connor Archer. Archer adds that with the support, we can continue to maintain the level of support that we have done over the years.
"This year required more donations due to the nature of the economy and it's impacts with the supply chain" added Archer.
School supplies will be distributed to nearly 2 dozen schools once again the week of August 22nd-26th and will be sorted later this coming week. There will be a last chance collection drive on Tuesday August 16th from 3-7 at Governor's Restaurant in Old Town. Online donations will close on Wednesday August 17th.
If you are looking for school supplies for the upcoming year, you are encouraged to reach out to your local school.
Public Comment Opportunity
The Courageous Steps Project intends to file an application for Federal assistance with the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development. This assistance is needed for the purpose of funding new equipment for the Green House Village Preschool, a program of The Courageous Steps Project. Any interested party(s) may submit public comment on this matter to: email@example.com, by Friday July 22nd, 2022.
The Courageous Steps Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based out of Eastern Maine that strives to help children and young adults with various abilities and challenges.
Greetings Courageous Steps Supporters / Partners,
It has been a busy first 6 months of 2022, with lots of growth occurring. It truly has been a busy stretch for our organization and will continue to be busy for the foreseeable future. Here are just some highlights from the past few months:
Green House Village Preschool: Our largest program is about to add more services to better support our children (and families). Through expanding our offerings, we will be able to support more families and extend their programming options to better serve their specific needs. This is just the beginning of some exciting changes we plan to be implementing for the remainder of 2022.
Courageous Steps also received a $7500 grant for the Green House Village Preschool which will benefit programming throughout the remainder of 2022.
Operation Find Me: Courageous Steps received a $1,000 grant through the Walmart Foundation to continue its' work on expanding the initiative into the Hancock county region. This will occur over the next few months. More plans are in the works to help expand into other regions of Maine. Our initiative website is also going through an upgrade so please be patient as we work through this update.
One Word Challenge: The students of Marshwood Middle School completed their One Word Challenge which was the first One Word Challenge since 2019. Thank you to the students and staff for being our first school in Southern Maine to participate in this impactful initiative. You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZE1EjlCoZk
Wishlist Initiative: The Courageous Steps Project has awarded several donations to schools / organizations through our Wishlist Initiative this year. We were able to award donations to Unified Basketball programs that participated in our March festival, and also approved many requests submitted on our website.
Scholarship Fund: Courageous Steps recently awarded nearly $2,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Old Town High School and Foxcroft Academy. Congratulations to Logan Gardner of Old Town High School and Connor Plante from Foxcroft Academy for receiving scholarships. It is a pleasure to continue awarding scholarships to support the next steps of our scholars.
Events: We've had a very productive spring season of events. Thank you to those that have supported our events in 2022, many of which have returned after a 2 year hiatus due to COVID-19. We have our 2nd Annual Golf Scramble coming up on Monday July 11th, and our 9th Annual Back-To-School Drive coming up on Wednesday August 3rd. In addition, we have our Costumes & Cocktails Halloween event returning on Saturday October 29th. You can find more details on all these events on our website.
Future Growth: I have been working aggressively with our team to continue finding ways we can grow and respond to the needs of those in our communities. With the impacts of COVID-19 really starting to come to the forefront, it is more important that we do what we can to support the expansion of programming and services to better support children and young adults with various abilities and challenges. In the coming months, I will be announcing major steps we are taking to support these efforts.
Connecting with Connor: Starting this summer, I will be doing more to reach out to families of children and young adults in our communities to learn more about how we as an organization can respond to their needs. A series of free webinars and/or discussions will take place for the remainder of 2022. As always, you can reach out to me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday June 9th, founder & Chairman/CEO Connor Archer awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Step Forward Scholarship Fund to Old Town High School graduating senior Logan Gardner in pursuit of her post-secondary educational path.
Courageous Steps has awarded many scholarships since 2015 to graduating high school seniors at Old Town High School (where Courageous Steps originated from) and has continued to expand it's scholarships to benefit other students around the Eastern Maine region.
"It is our pleasure to continue supporting our young scholars as they pursue their next chapter. Courageous Steps has always been committed to supporting our high school seniors and we hope to continue expanding our scholarships in the next couple of years" said Founder & Chairman/CEO Connor Archer.
The other recipient this year was Connor Plante from Foxcroft Academy who has received a $750 scholarship from our Step Forward Scholarship Fund.
"Both stories were extremely moving and inspiring and we could not be happier with our selections" adds Archer.
The Courageous Steps Project is seeking to expand its' scholarship fund to award more scholarships in 2023 and 2024. But we need the help of our supporters and partners to make this happen. Please reach out to Connor Archer if you are interested in contributing at: email@example.com.
The Courageous Steps Project received a $1,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to expand our initiative efforts into other communities around the state of Maine. This grant will directly support the development of resource sheets / maps and outreach in the Hancock county region.
"Courageous Steps continues to have a growing presence in other communities around Eastern Maine and beyond. We are thrilled to be expanding this 4 year old initiative into other parts of Maine" said Founder & Chairman/CEO Connor J. Archer.
Archer adds that Courageous Steps has other plans to expand the initiative into all regions of Maine in the coming months. "We have a plan to expand into other regions of Maine, to ensure that all communities have the necessary resources for preventing incidents of wandering in our communities" said Archer.
The Courageous Steps Project's Operation Find Me Initiative was founded in 2018 to provide wandering prevention resources to schools, families, public safety agencies, and communities to better inform the public on surrounding areas in our communities all over Maine. The initiative was kickstarted through a generous grant from the Wireless Foundation of Giving. To learn more about this initiative and other initiatives under The Courageous Steps Project, you are encouraged to visit our website and follow our Facebook page.
The Courageous Steps Project is pleased to announce that it's a recipient of a $7500 through the Maine Community Foundation's Penobscot Valley Health Association Fund. These funds will directly impact our biggest community program, the Green House Village Preschool, in supporting further collaboration and professional development within our current daily schedule.
"We are committed to support our early childhood education team. Anyway we can further their development, allows us as a program to grow and reach more children and their families" says Founder & Chairman/CEO Connor J. Archer.
Over the past year, Courageous Steps has gone through transformational growth that has involved adding a new early childhood program, the return of in-person events, and the further expansion into other areas of Maine slowly. 2022 is already surpassing 2021 in many ways.
"This grant will make an immediate impact in our programming as we head into the summer and fall months" adds Archer.
The Courageous Steps Project is undergoing some major special projects in the coming months as well. You are encouraged to stay connected to the organization's website and social media pages for more information.
For any questions on this grant, please contact Connor J. Archer at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Courageous Steps Project, and its programs, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that strives to help children and young adults with various abilities and challenges in Eastern Maine, giving them the tools they need to succeed in school and in life.
The Courageous Steps Project once again has donated supplies to support schools all over the Eastern Maine region through our 8th Annual Back-To-School Drive.
This initiative was started in 2014, to give back to students in need in preparation for the upcoming school year. Founder & Chairman/CEO Connor Archer says the initiative has been pivotal during these unprecedented times.
"Our commitment to students and schools all over the Eastern Maine region during the pandemic, has been at the forefront, and we are so happy to have great sponsors to back our vision to grow this initiative every year" said Archer recently.
Supplies are at your school or they are coming. We are proud to continue our efforts of supporting over 2 dozen schools in Eastern Maine, as they begin or have begun their school year.
Thank you again to our partners, sponsors, and volunteers for all of your hard work in making this year’s program a success!
The Courageous Steps Project recently received a generous grant donation to support the Green House Village Preschool's efforts!
Yesterday, Founder & Chairman/CEO Connor Archer and Green House Village Preschool Program Director Karen Thibault accepted the $5,000 grant award from the Bangor Savings Bank foundation to support tuition assistance and our healthy habits program promoting access to healthy food options for our students.
Thank you to the Bangor Savings Bank foundation for your commitment in helping support these important initiatives!
The Courageous Steps Project is gearing up for the 8th Annual Dylan McInnis Walk-Run on Sunday May 23rd at Old Town High School's Victory Field from 1pm-3pm.
As we are trying to be proactive and follow the CDC guidelines, we are asking ALL participants to register online prior to Sunday May 23rd. This will help reduce lines at the event, and will allow us to keep everyone socially distanced (within reason) for the event. Please spread the word to anyone that you know.
Please email us with any questions at: email@example.com.
NEWS RELEASE: Courageous Steps Project Announces Launch of Green House Village Preschool and Step Forward Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Connor J. Archer
Tuesday December 1st, 2020 Founder & Chairman/CEO
Courageous Steps Project Announces Launch of Green House Village Preschool & Step Forward Center
Stillwater, ME — The Courageous Steps Project is excited to launch the Step Forward Center for Discovery & Learning & Green House Village Preschool programs in early 2021.
The Step Forward Center for Discovery & Learning will provide specialty life-skills and educational based and other various types of programming for children ages 3-19.
The Green House Village Preschool will be a community-based inclusive preschool program for children ages 3-5 with a belief that all children grow and prosper no matter the obstacles in their way.
Founder & Chairman/CEO Connor J. Archer says, “this is going to completely transform the organization for the future. It has been something we’ve looked forward to getting done for a long-time now — this is an accomplishment for all of those involved in our organization, especially during such challenging times.”
The programs will launch on January 1st, 2021 with the preschool program beginning on January 4th and specialty programming beginning in early 2021. Archer states, “children need early childhood intervention to build a strong foundation in order to learn important skills, and continue to develop those skills as they get older — through this programming, we will be able to do that in the most effective ways possible, while still working with current and many new community partners to offer unique types of programming.”
Archer adds that the organization will be welcoming the Village Preschool and former Green House Nursery School staff with decades of experience and knowledge that will already allow the program to grow.
“I’ve known Karen (Thibault) and Lynn (Faerber) since I was 3 years old, as they were my preschool teachers. Karen and Lynn gave me that start that I so desperately needed as an individual who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3 — to give back to them and help them grow for the future is a dream come true” said Archer.
“Since he (Connor) was 8 years old, he has said if he had one wish, he would want Green House to always be here for children. We are excited to say that that dream is coming true for him and us — this is such good news, opening up so many opportunities for us to expand our community outings (after COVID of course) and our programming for all children in our inclusive environment”, said soon-to-be program director Karen Thibault.
Karen Thibault will serve as program director for the Step Forward Center for Discovery & Learning and for the Green House Village Preschool. Lynn Faerber will continue working at the preschool and on special projects for our community programs in collaboration with Connor.
To learn more about the different initiatives and programs that the Courageous Steps Project offers and will be starting to offer, please visit our websites:
The Courageous Steps Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization striving to help children and young adults with various abilities and challenges all over Eastern Maine. The non-profit organization was founded on July 25th, 2016. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Courageous Steps Project fundraiser held at Governor's - 8/9/16