My Place Teen Center (MPTC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, regional organization based in Westbrook, Maine. Our mission is to provide a safe haven for youth ages 10-18, sustaining them with comfort, meals, resources, and hope. We serve children in Cumberland and York counties.
The Teen Center is a free, out-of-school time program, open five days per week, year round, specializing in youth most at risk including disabled, homeless, food insecure, cognitively-delayed, low-income, immigrant, and refugee teens. We provide academic assistance through tutoring, study skills, the Learning Technology Lab, and Science, Technology, English, the Arts, and Math (STEAM) programs. We offer instruction in character development, leadership development, life skills, job skills, and financial literacy. We focus on aspects of healthy, responsible moral development that builds strong character, self-esteem, academic, and leadership skills.
Our culture at the Teen Center is one in which we are loving first and firm when needed. A family-type, anti-bullying, safe environment is our hallmark. When youth walk through our Red Doors, we see kids who have the potential to thrive with mentoring and guidance. Our niche is fostering grit, perseverance, curiosity, passion, and accountability. These non-academic pursuits are the success indicators of positive, thriving futures. We are committed to engaging these young people in positive relationships and meaningful activities that allow them to be courageous in the face of their traumatic life circumstances.
Our overarching goal is to provide a safe, structured place for kids to develop resiliency, hope, and opportunities to have positive life-learning and academic-enriching experiences. We are passionately driven to respond to the urgent need to keep kids in school, yearn for something beyond their present moment, and to accept social responsibility.
My Place Teen Center currently provides programs and services to 60-90 kids a day and approximately 570 children each year. These services include 14,000 meals annually that feed children who might not otherwise eat.
For more information, please contact Donna Dwyer, President and CEO:
My Place Teen Center
755 Main St
Westbrook, Maine 04092
Phone: (207) 854-2800