Berman & Simmons, the leading personal injury and medical malpractice law firm in Maine, has donated $2,000 to support the Tree Street Youth Center’s 50 Day, $50K challenge. The firm’s donation puts the organization one step closer to reaching their final renovation goal of $1.3 million.
The aim of the challenge is to raise money for the youth center’s updated facilities that will include a large multi-purpose room, indoor and outdoor recreation areas, and a new college/career aspirations center. The renovations and additions will allow for more local students to benefit from the programs offered.
Located at 144 Howe St. in Lewiston, the Tree Street Youth Center has a high school graduation rate of 100 percent as well as a college acceptance rate of 95 percent. They have served more than 800 kids speaking 14 different languages since its start in 2011. The organization is home to afterschool programs, arts and athletics, summer youth programs, tutoring programs, and BRANCHES (Becoming Responsible Adults ‘N Cultivating Higher Educational Success).
Thanks to the continued support of the local community, individual donors, and foundation grants, the Tree Street Youth Center is able to offer all of the programming at no cost to families. They strive to eliminate economic barriers by providing a space of equal opportunity and advancement.
The expansion is going to open up 5,700 square feet and will also include academic and enrichment classrooms make the Tree Street Youth Center “Maine’s gold standard for youth learning, engagement and leadership.”
“Our firm is pleased to support the Tree Street Youth Center’s 50 Day, $50K challenge,” said Craig Bramley, managing director at Berman & Simmons. “Our employees have volunteered for the organization and have seen firsthand the admirable work done by their staff and the youth that participate in the program. They certainly play an integral role in the development of the young members of our community.”