Educational Support Program

About the Program

The Educational Support Program reconnects New Beginnings youth to educational resources and provides trauma-informed support to help them succeed in educational environments. Research shows homeless and at-risk youth are 87% more likely than their peers to drop out of high school and need support to remain enrolled and be successful in school.

Educational Support Program staff are experts in providing trauma-informed educational support services that help youth succeed in their studies and complete high school, giving them their best chance to become stable, self-sufficient adults.

Staff meet with youth one on one (in person, or virtually under COVID-19 protocols) and address each young person’s unique needs, from supporting enrolled youth with individualized, skills-based tutoring and homework help to helping youth who have been disconnected from school for years take their first steps towards continuing their education.

Services include:

  • Individualized assessment
  • Homework help
  • Advocacy to schools of origin
  • Enrollment and school transfer support
  • Skills-based tutoring
  • Career exploration
  • Job applications and resume-building
  • College applications
  • Financial aid support
“I am so proud of doing math! I remember when I was in 7th and 8th grade, I would get sent home with so much math homework because I couldn’t finish it in class – and now here I am, doing it!” – Youth receiving services


To make a referral, please email Allie at

Get in Touch

Phone: (207) 521-6664
Address: 134 College Street, Lewiston, ME 04240

Meet the Staff

Allie Smith

Allie Smith

Educational Support Program Coordinator
(207) 521-6664

Kris Pitts

Kris Pitts

Community Services Director
(207) 535-7229