Join us for Graduation!

Posted on Tuesday May 16, 2017

2017 Graduation Ceremonies

Thursday, June 1

Washington County Passages Graduation

Dennysville Congregational Church | 15 King Street |Dennysville

Ceremony at 6pm/Refreshments to Follow

Graduates: Heidi, Amber, Lacee, Kaitland, Jade & Kelly


Friday, June 2

Residential Program Graduation

Opportunity Farm | 215 Gloucester Hill Rd | New Gloucester

Potluck at 1:00/Parade at 2:00/Ceremony at 2:30

Graduates: Allissa, Devin, Elle, Hassan, Ian, Joclany, Magen, Sean & Serenity


Thursday, June 8

Midcoast, Southern & Central MainePassages Graduation

Opportunity Farm | 215 Gloucester Hill Rd | New Gloucester

4:30 Refreshments/5:30 Ceremony/Cake to Follow

Graduates: Kayla, Amber, Deidra, Deserea, Barbara, Heaven, Lateesha, Katerina, Ryan, Desiree, Jacqueline, Shane & Nikiah


Congratulations Class of 2017!



Wayfinder Schools receives Tree Street Youth’s Heartwood Award!

Posted on Thursday May 4, 2017

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We are thrilled to be the recipients of the 2017 Heartwood Award from Tree Street Youth. The award was made in recognition of Wayfinder’s support of Tree Street’s students and staff.  Tree Street’s Executive Director Julia Sleeper said, “The heartwood section of the tree is the central core wood that begins the concentric circles as the tree grows and develops and is the first to give support and strength to the tree. You have been that support and strength at Tree Street for a long time and we know the successes we have accomplished could not have been possible without that support and guidance you have provided us over the years.”

We are honored to receive this award, which was presented at Tree Street’s I Am Tree event on April 27. Thank you Tree Street!

Pictured above, L-R: Wayfinder students Joclany and Hussan with Tree Street Executive Director Julia Sleeper

Wayfinder Board Member Brenda Chandler with Joclany and Hussan

Joclany, proudly showing off the Heartwood award!

Welcome Annie Messinger!

Posted on Thursday April 13, 2017

Wayfinder Schools is pleased to welcome new Director of Philanthropy Annie Messinger. Annie comes to Wayfinder with many years of development experience, including ten years as Director of Development & Marketing for Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. Annie grew up down the road from Wayfinder Schools in Gray, and graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a self-designed BA in graphic communication. Annie is an avid runner and snowboarder. She recently earned her motorcycle license and her next feat is the 40th Annual Chicago Marathon in October 2017. Annie is passionate about helping Maine teens graduate from high school and plan for their future. Annie joins Director of Grants and Communications Andrea Vassallo as part of the growing development team at Wayfinder. Head of Schools Paul Andrews says, “Wayfinder Schools is pleased to have a seasoned philanthropy professional like Annie join our team. Her expertise in fundraising and donor development complement our existing experienced development staff and programs. Annie’s work will help us continue our vital work with Maine students.”

Anthony Doerr in Maine on May 25: Sold out! Thank you to our sponsors & hosts!

Posted on Monday March 6, 2017

We’re thrilled to host Pulitzer Prize winning author Anthony Doerr at The Maine Irish Heritage Center on May 25. Doerr is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of All the Light we Cannot See, and he will be joined on stage by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls, Bridge of Sighs, That Old Cape Magic, Nobody’s Fool, Everybody’s Fool, Mohawk, The Risk Pool, Elsewhere and others. Doerr and Russo will take the stage at 7pm. A catered reception with the authors will begin at 6pm.







Join us for our Open House, March 16 in Camden!

Posted on Monday March 6, 2017

Swing by our Camden campus from 4-6 pm on March 16 for homemade soup, bread and St. Patrick’s Day treats! Come meet our students, staff and Board of Directors. Bring a business card for a chance to win our door prize: 2 tickets to our May 25 event with Anthony Doerr!

March 16 Open House



THANK YOU to all who have supported our 2016 Annual Appeal!

Posted on Sunday December 11, 2016

There’s still time to make your year-end tax deductible donation in support of students like Arao, Carolynne, Jarred and Lindsey.

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Click here to read more about these 2016 graduates: 2016-appeal-4-stories


Welcome Acting Head of School Paul Andrews

Posted on Tuesday November 15, 2016

Former Wayfinder Schools Board Member Paul Andrews will assume the role of Acting Head of Schools on Tuesday, November 15. Andrews will fill the role following the resignation of Dr. Dorothy Foote, who has served as Head of Schools since 2008. Dr. Foote has decided to continue expanding the scope of her work regionally and nationally to assist marginalized youth in achieving their high school diplomas. Foote said, “I greatly appreciate the support of my colleagues over the years from the Community School, to Opportunity Farm and the Wayfinder Schools, and I look forward to sharing their successes in the future.”

Andrews is a retired Human Resources Executive who lives in Portland. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maine at Orono and for six years worked for U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe. He worked out of state for over 30 years for Safeco Insurance and the The Horace Mann Companies in a variety of roles, including Chief Customer Officer and Information Technology. He has volunteered with and served on the Board of Directors of United Way of Central Illinois, and currently serves as Board President of the Munjoy Heights Condo Association.

He says, “Having served on the board for the past year, I have been witness to the incredible work of Wayfinder Schools, and I look forward to leading the school through this transition period. We are fortunate to have a very strong staff and board, and an exceptional group of dedicated students who are working their way toward high school graduation. This work is changing lives for the better, and I am proud to be part of it.”

Board Chair Don Russell said, “The board is very grateful to Dot for her service to the students of Maine and to our schools and staff, and we are thrilled to welcome Paul as our Acting Head of Schools. Wayfinder has grown to serve more than 80 Maine teens annually who are at-risk of high school non-completion. Our programs provide a path to a high school diploma while encouraging life skills for students transitioning to adulthood. We are proud of the work of our staff, and of the significant accomplishments of our students.”



Find out who won our 2016 Scooter Raffle!

Posted on Tuesday October 18, 2016

Congratulations to Kelly Irwin, winner of our 2016 Scooter Raffle!



2016 grad Arao Bisabou models the Genuine Buddy Scooter for our raffle.

Thank you to Cumberland County Scooters!


Thank you to United Mid Coast Charities!

Posted on Tuesday October 18, 2016

We are thrilled to be the beneficiaries of a generous grant from United Mid Coast Charities, in support of our Passages Program for teen parents! Here, Passages Director Martha Kempe accepts the grant award from UMCC Board Member Joan Phaup.

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Join us for Harvest Homecoming, October 27 from 4-7

Posted on Wednesday October 5, 2016

Join us for our Fall events!

Harvest Homecoming & Lantern Parade, October 27 from 4-7 at Opportunity Farm

Food, music, arts & crafts, kids’ games, lantern parade and Halloween treats!  Costumes encouraged!

Global Thanksgiving, November 17, 3-7 at Opportunity Farm

Barn dance from 3-5

Dinner & student presentations at 5

 Both events are free and family friendly!