Press Release

Tree Street Youth Center Surpasses $1.3 Million Capital Campaign

Date: December 19, 2016

For immediate release

Contact: Julia Sleeper, (207)577-6386 or

Tree Street Youth Center Surpasses $1.3 Million Capital Campaign

LEWISTON, Maine — Tree Street Youth has met and surpassed their Campaign for Growth goal of $1,300,000, raising an impressive $1,518,478 to renovate their building and double both indoor and outdoor areas for their students. The additional funds will be applied to all increased project costs and building reserves. Funds were raised through gifts from over 350 different individuals, businesses, and foundations. Tree Street is grateful for the widespread community support.

Highlights of the renovated 12,172 sq. ft. facility include the creation of two age specific outdoor recreation spaces and a large multi-purpose room that will function interchangeably as a performing arts center, gymnasium, and assembly room. The multi-purpose hall will be centrally located at the heart of the building with a separate entrance and lobby which will facilitate use by the entire L-A downtown community for a variety of needs. The renovated space also provides new classrooms for middle and high-school age programs and an improved college/career aspirations center (BRANCHES).

Work is underway, with Harriman architects and Hebert Construction estimating that Tree Street students and staff will be able occupy the new Geiger Center for Leadership and Learning space in early March, 2017.

For more information about Tree Street Youth and/or to donate, please visit or call Julia Sleeper at 207-577-6386.


Founded in 2011 by two Bates College alumnae, Tree Street Youth grew its roots from a local homework help program. Today, Tree Street Youth is a vibrant hub of daily youth development, offering a highly affirming environment where youth can improve academics, obtain positive social reinforcement, cultivate personal interests, and build community.

Tree Street serves 120-150 youth each day and over 600 youth annually. Nearly all youth live at or below the poverty level with approximately 65% of the youth served being children of immigrant and refugee families. For the last two years Tree Street’s BRANCHES College Prep program has had 100% high school graduation rate from their seniors with 95% and 93% college acceptance for the class of 2015 and 2016 respectively.