Youth Mentoring

All of our youth programs function as a mentor group that works, plays, grows, and learns together. In the past year, we have matched over 100 neighborhood youth with mentors, from 6 to 18 years of age. These groups happen seasonally, year round and everything in between. 

The Leadership Foundations Network has been integral in helping to establishing our programing in Lewiston and Portland. Additionally - they are awesome.

Seriously - check them out here.


teen stitching + Fashion

Stitching and fashion have long been a part of the fabric of our city. At The Root Cellar in Lewiston, we have been been sewing since we opened our doors in 2009. Over the recent years, neighborhood teen girls have found space to be creative and build new skills within mentoring relationship.

As we move into our new Sewing Studio, we hope to see 2019 be a year of growth for this program. Our girls are engaged, equipped and now demonstrating a desire to be empowered to take their skills to the next level. We hope to create an opportunity for our girls to showcase their skills at an annual fashion show and visit professional design studios. 

We also hope to equip these young women with their own sewing machines. This will create new avenues of opportunities for them to pursue their skill vocationally and artistically. 

Will you join us in supporting these young artists?

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teen squad leaders

Teen Squad Leaders are essential to our after-school and summer day camp programing for elementary students. Teen Squad Leaders (TSL) mentor to 8-10 children for the school year and additional summer programing. Their job is to lead the group through a daily schedule, provide encouragement and supervision and actively participate in a restorative justices practices. TSL’s are trained regularly and receive a weekly participation stipend. Training includes Job Readiness, Restorative Justice, best practices for working with children, effects of trauma and neighborhood development. 

Neighborhood teen woodworking

Our Teen Woodworkers work with neighborhood partners and stakeholders (landlords, organizations, business) to place public access trash cans and picnic tables within the Tree Streets Neighborhood. They are trained, creative and have a blast on the job.

Trash Cans and Picnic tables are available for order with a suggested donation of $125.

Additional responsibilities include outreach, sales, order fulfillment and installment. Doggie Bag Dispensers, maintenance and servicing is also available for a suggested donation.

Support this project by donating working tools or building supplies!

We have some great ideas for summer of 2019 - so stay tuned!