My Place Teen Center is in the news. Read more to see what people are saying about our vision, our work, and our impact on the community.
May 12, 2021
As the Westbrook organization prepares to expand to York County, it is doubling down on helping teens deal with depression and pandemic-related stress. My Place Teen Center’s CEO is worried for the children and their heightened needs amid the pandemic.
May 6, 2021
Organizers say the former St. Andre Church location is still very much in the mix, and a reinvigorated fundraising effort will kick off to renovate the Biddeford church as a permanent home for the teen center.
Mainers Who Inspire Maine
April 12, 2021
A radio interview with My Place Teen Center President and CEO, Donna Dwyer. Click to listen below.
January 11, 2021
After a bumpy ride for many Maine nonprofits during COVID, the head of the Maine Association of Nonprofits predicts a challenging 2021 for a sector that employs one in six Maine workers.
November 2, 2020
Not only would they be serving food to the kids, but their families. And before long, they were serving the whole community, because the whole community might be hurting, and that includes the elderly, people who have disabilities, people who all of a sudden lost their jobs. They serve anyone. More
October 22, 2020
A Westbrook nonprofit that’s transformed into a mobile food pantry during the pandemic is determined to overcome a $300,000 shortfall that represents more than a third of its annual operating budget. MyPlace Teen Center, headed by President and CEO Donna Dwyer, normally provides an after-school oasis for at-risk youth ages 10 to 18 and has an annual operating budget of about $970,000.
October 21, 2020
My Place Teen Center in Westbrook has had to adapt to continue serving the community during the coronavirus pandemic, but it is also facing a serious loss in funding. The teen center has delivered more than 25,000 dinners to people in need, which is a record.
June 11, 2020
Wednesday’s hour-long discussion, moderated by Mainebiz Publisher Donna Brassard, was peppered with insights, personal anecdotes and advice from all five panelists on the leadership principles. Dwyer: Engage people and challenge the process.
April 15, 2020
My Place Teen Center is offering hundreds of free family meals to the community in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The teen center moved quickly to expand its free meal service to the community at large when the pandemic hit, offering meals to families, seniors and anyone else in need.
March 24, 2020
WGME reports that in Westbrook, kids can eat for free thanks to My Place Teen Center. The center serves homemade meals Monday through Friday for kids and teens in the area, and now, they’re opening their services to anyone who needs a meal.
Nov 28, 2019
Portland Press Herald reports that it is the “right time, right place” for the new expansion of My Place Teen Center, which is to be located in former St. Andre Church, in the heart of Biddeford. The new center is poised to open September 2020, and it is estimated that between the Westbrook and Biddeford locations, 1,000 young people will be served.
Oct 30, 2019
Youth Today, an independent, internationally-distributed digital media publication covering the youth service field, talks with MPTC’s CEO Donna Dwyer about how an innovative chef-led restaurant training program is helping My Place Teen Center reach out to Westbrook area youth.
Oct 8, 2019
Portland Press Herald reports on My Place Teen Center’s plans to convert the former St. Andre’s Church into a safe haven for teens and pre-teens. The Biddeford teen center will be a partnership between My Place Teen Center and Southern Maine Affordable Housing.
August 7, 2019
New York Life Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to two Westbrook-based nonprofits, My Place Teen Center and Intercultural Community Center. The grant is one of 26 made to youth development organizations nationwide by the foundation.
June 6, 2019
Teenagers from the My Place Teen Center joined organizers from the Stroudwater Food Pantry to pack grocery bags full of non-perishable food to help feed communities in Washington County. More
New York Life Foundation, in collaboration with Afterschool Alliance, have awarded grants totaling $1.35M to out-of-school time programs serving disadvantaged middle school youth through Aim High. My Place Teen Center was one of only eight groups to be awarded the highest level of award – $100,000 payable over two years.
May 2, 2019
MaineBiz covers MPTC’s plans to raise $6.5 million to open a second teen center in July 2020 in the former St. Andre’s Church at 75 Bacon Street in Biddeford. The organization has already raised $2.7 million toward its capital campaign goal. More
Living Life with Lynda
Apr 23, 2019
The Living Life with Lynda Show takes an in-depth look at non-profit organizations that make a difference in our communities. This week’s show focuses on My Place Teen Center’s powerful impact on area youth with a conversation between the show’s host Lynda Adams and MPTC’s Donna Dwyer. More
Donna Dwyer is in the spotlight for April’s edition of Richardson Magazine as “Someone You Should Know.” More
February 8, 2019
Each year for the past 100 years, Bernstein Shur has chosen a beneficiary for its charitable giving. This year, they let their clients vote to select which one of five deserving organizations would receive $10,000. News Center Maine looks at why their choice was My Place Teen Center. More
November 29, 2018
My Place Teen Center served more than 9,000 hot meals last year. Now the center is using that service to teach teens the ins and outs of food preparation and restaurant management under the guidance of chef Jesse Blaisdell. More
May 3, 2018
Twenty years ago, with a $120,000 donation from the Cornelia Warren Association, My Place Teen Center opened in a space on the first floor of the Dana Warp Mill. Keep Me Current takes a closer look at the center’s accomplishments and plans for the future. More
August 3, 2016
July 12, 2016
MWTW follows olympic gold medalist and Maine native Joan Benoit Samuelson as she tours My Place Teen Center (MPTC). MPTC is the beneficiary of this year’s Beach to Beacon, a popular fundraising race founded by Samuelson with a mission to shine a light on kids. More
April 6, 2016
February 10, 2016
The TD Charitable Foundation announced today that My Place Teen Center, a free, year-round, after-school youth development program for kids at-risk in Greater Portland, has been selected as the beneficiary of the 2016 TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race. More
October 15, 2015
News Center profiles My Place Teen Center volunteer Deb Shangraw as one of 2015’s WCHS “6 Who Care” award winners. More
Changing lives: Donna Dwyer rebuilds dilapidated teen center, teen lives
March 23, 2015
November 3, 2014
New York Life Foundation Awards $100,000 Grant to My Place Teen Center and Intercultural Community Center in Westbrook to Support Out-of-School-Time Programs to Help Middle School Students Transition to 9th Grade View