Youth Services

New Hope Midcoast provides presentations to students about respect within relationships, signs of dating, violence and how to reach out for support. We also provide training to school faculty to help them better understand the dynamics of domestic abuse and dating violence so that they can better support their students.

We offer free presentations to grades 6-12 students that revolve around safety and respect within relationships and teen dating violence. We also encourage students to challenge societal norms that foster a culture of violence and oppression.

Recent Developments

Due to COVID-19, New Hope Midcoast has been re-evaluating our education programs by conducting research that has resulted in more interactive and trauma-informed presentations. We have also developed trainings specifically for teachers and staff to meet the overwhelming requests from school administrators. All of our presentations are provided at no cost to the school.

School Presentations 2021

Due to COVID-19, this is a truncated list of offerings. There will be additional options available in Fall 2021. All presentations can be provided either in-person (following CDC guidelines) or via Zoom.

Faculty and Staff: Domestic Abuse Foundations
This foundational training for school faculty and staff is designed to provide an introduction to domestic abuse and dating violence, and how these may manifest in student behavior. Teachers will gain tools to better support students experiencing abuse and violence.

Student Presentation, Grades 6-8
This newly designed presentation is engaging and relevant to students. It reinforces the importance of respect within relationships, explains how to seek support if needed, and introduces New Hope Midcoast's services.

A Window Between Worlds (AWBW): Art Workshops
These guided workshops can be tailored to students at different grade levels or geared toward faculty. The goal of each workshop is to create a safe, inclusive space where people can use art to explore emotions and a variety of topics. The creations do not require artistic ability, only a willingness to participate. We operate from the principle “being present is participating.” AWBW is built around research that demonstrates that creating art by hand has been shown to reduce distress, increase self-reflection and self-awareness, alter behavior and thinking patterns, and build resilience.” For more information, visit

Virtual Support Groups
Our skilled facilitators offer support groups for students affected by domestic abuse. Group support is a powerful tool to promote healing and to counter feelings of isolation and confusion that victim-survivors often experience.

Consultation & Support
New Hope Midcoast advocates are always available to offer consultation and support to students and staff. Currently, such sessions can occur via phone or Zoom.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if staff at your school are facing concerns such as:
  • A parent/guardian/student and is curious about resources/how to support them;
  • A student would like to speak with an advocate with or without a familiar adult present
  • A student has a protection from abuse order against another student and the victim-survivor needs emotional support, safety planning, or court support.

All of New Hope Midcoast’s staff and volunteers are mandated reporters.

Our helpline is available 24/7.

Recommended Reading & Info

For book and website recommendations, please visit our resource page.

New Hope Midcoast Locations

We offer 4 onsite locations serving Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo counties in Maine.

New Hope Midcoast
P.O. Box A, Rockland, Maine 04841


24/7 Helpline Midcoast Maine 1-800-522-3304

24/7 Statewide Helpline