Archive for April, 2015

Did you miss Dancing with the Local Stars? We recorded the show. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Wayfinder receives grant from Maine Women’s Fund

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

We are thrilled to be the recipient of an economic security grant from The Maine Women’s Fund!  The Maine Women’s Fund has been a key supporter of our Passages Program for teen parents and we are so grateful for their generosity.  Read all about this year’s grant awards here:

Photo (below): 2013 Passages Graduate Kaila Gagnon and her mom. Kaila received a standing ovation for her 2013 speech to more than 600 people at the annual Maine Women’s Fund Leadership Luncheon in Portland. She is one of many Passages graduates who have benefited from Maine Women’s Fund support of our Passages Program over the years.

kaila and her mom

“High energy, grace and talent fill Camden stage”-Pen Bay Pilot

Monday, April 13th, 2015

CAMDEN — It was a night of movement and joy — even contemplation — as the stage at the Camden Opera House brightened with local stars and students April 10. The seventh annual Dancing with the Local Stars, a fundraiser for the Wayfinder Schools, drew a full house, as the audience cheered the dancers on.

Dancing with Local Stars paired Midcoast celebrities with professional dance instructors who took to the stage together to show off their best dance moves in support of Wayfinder Schools.

This year’s cast of stars included Ben Curtis, Polly Saltonstall, Heather Hearst, Matt Bixby, Owen Casas, Betsy Kingsley, Craig Ouellette, Erin Ovalle, and Lucinda Ziesing. Each star was paired with instructors from Swing and Sway Dancing or Kinetic Energy Alive.

Meanwhile, Wayfinder student Rakeem Sullivan choreographed a piece and his fellow students joined him on stage to hip hop to “Stand by Me.” The dancers included Sullivan, Myranda Robishaw, Papi Meuse, Rose Piscuskas, Erika Bramhall, Elijah Harris, Faith McQuatters, Shannon Coccia, Fiston Mubalama, Ethan Ward, Alexis Iammarino and Oren Stevens.

View the full article, photos & video here:

Thank you to our generous event sponsors: Lead Sponsor Camden Real Estate Company, Grand Harbor Inn, Lord Camden Inn, Old Port Advisors, Charles D. Jordan, Jr. Real Estate Appraisal & Consulting, Maine Magazine & PenBay Pilot!


Eight Days in NYC!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Meet students Rakeem, Rose, Myranda, Faith, Fiston, Ethan, Shannon and Elijah as they take you on a tour of NYC in our latest student blog posts:

Three Days in NYC with Rakeem, Rose and Myranda

Five Days in NYC with Elijah, Shannon, Ethan, Fiston and Faith

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Local Stars in the News!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Cover Photo: Star Heather Hearst with Instructor Steven Dones-Rogers of Swing & Sway Dancing

Read more here!

Student Rakeem Sullivan interviewed on Channel 8 News!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

We are so proud of student Rakeem Sullivan who was interviewed by Channel 8 News yesterday for his participation in the upcoming Dancing with Local Stars event on April 10.  When he got back to school after the interview, he had TWO college acceptance letters waiting for him.  What a day!

Watch the interview here:


Songwriting with 317 Main, by Kate Campbell Strauss

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015


Last year, Wayfinder began collaborating with 317 Main Community Music Center on providing musical enrichment for New Gloucester students. What is 317 Main? 317 Main is a nonprofit in Yarmouth that offers spectrum of music opportunities for all ages taught by a faculty of 24 working musicians. Through ensembles, private lessons, classes, workshops, and performances, 317 Main reaches people in over 40 towns across Maine. 317 Main’s partnership program enables the organization to reach even more people by working with schools and other organizations, such as Wayfinder, The Telling Room, Casco Bay High School, and the Boys & Girls Club to name a few. Last year, Wayfinder and 317 Main offered a rhythm class to New Gloucester students, using buckets as drums! Students learned the rhythmic backbone of a variety of musical genres, including country, hip hop, folk, and metal.

fiston lingala and french lyrics         This year, 317 Main instructors Manny Urgiles and Lincoln Meyers are teaching Songwriting. In the  fifteen-week course, which takes place on Sunday afternoons at 317 Main, students are exploring why music matters, how to communicate through music and in community, as well as the tools for engaging with the creative process. The students have just begun writing their own music and will end their year by recording their songs.

UPDATE: Join us for the students’ CD release party, May 31st at 317 Main!  Watch these pages for details.

Left: Fiston working on his song, March 2015

Above: Kalar drumming, 2014