Total loan: $6,000


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Portland, ME, United States / Services

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Dudley's story

I founded the the YES! Program in Portland Maine over 24 years ago after earning a Master's degree in Health Psychology from the University of New England. My impetus for starting the program was because of the changing demographics in the Portland area at the time. In the mid 90s, Portland experienced a tremendous influx of Asian and African immigrants. Maine is known for being a white homogeneous state, so I saw potential racial conflicts on the horizon and thought it would be a good idea to integrate students from all socioeconomic backgrounds - by using sports (basketball) as a way of breaking down social, racial and cultural barriers. Growing up in and coming from the most diverse city on the planet, New York, I immediately saw the need to launch the YES! program. The YES! Program has been a marvelous social experiment that have served 20,000 plus students over the last 24 years in Maine. We are proud of this accomplishment.