The Gill-Montague Community School Partnership is a coalition of organizations, families, youth, educators, and community members who are striving to make this community a healthier, safer, more caring, and constructive place for all the young people who live here.
We currently have grant funding that allows us to employ two part-time staff and are governed by a steering committee called the Executive Council. The Gill-Montague Regional School District and The Brick House Community Resource Center are our fiscal sponsors, and our work has these four areas of focus:
- Strengthening Community Collaboration
- Reducing Substance Use Among Youth
- Increasing School Connectedness at GMRSD Schools
- Striving for Long-Term Sustainability
The Partnership got its start in 2002, in the wake of several incidents of serious violence in our community, when representatives from The Training & Mediation Collaborative, local law enforcement, and the Gill-Montague Regional School District resolved to start working more closely together.
The Franklin County Regional Council of Government’s Partnership for Youth soon identified the Partnership as a candidate for funding through the Drug Free Communities Act, and supported our efforts to secure the SAMHSA grants that have been our primary source of funding for over a decade. We are one of the local coalitions that the Franklin County Communities That Care Coalition considers its key partners, and we are also the coalition at the center of a Community Connections grant that supports several local organizations’ efforts to reduce child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.
These days, a lot of The Partnership’s work happens behind-the-scenes. We support a wide variety of school- and community-based initiatives and act as connectors and liaisons to numerous organizations that serve youth and families in our region. (Check out the blog on this website and the feed on our Facebook page to get a taste of what we’ve been working on recently.) You can connect with us through the Contact page on this website, by liking Gill-Montague Community School Partnership on Facebook, signing up for our email list, or coming to the coalition meetings we hold several times each school year. We’d love to hear from you, and to have you join us in this work.