The G-M Community School Partnership is a broad based coalition of organizations, families, youth, educators and community volunteers. Using a positive youth development approach, we promote a healthy, safe, caring and constructive environment for all youth in our community. We are dedicated to nurturing healthy decision-making and preventing and reducing violence and substance abuse, all within a context of respect for and appreciation of diversity. The Partnership sponsors and participates in community events and creates opportunities for greater collaboration on projects and activities designed to provide for the many needs of our youth.

The Partnership features monthly meetings open to residents and representatives from all local groups, where announcements are made regarding upcoming events and projects, updates are provided on programs serving the community, and groups can come together to collaborate on initiatives benefiting our youth. The Partnership sponsors and participates in local events, and its members are the creators of many of this summer’s activities.

The GMCSP also actively solicits and manages grant funds supporting youth in the Gill-Montague region. As the result of a mentoring grant through the Community Coalition for Teens, the Partnership received a grant from the Drug-Free Communities supporting initiatives to increase youth connections to the schools, provide opportunities and recognition for youth, and support area parents. An After-School Out-of-School grant to the Partnership supports efforts to bridge school and out-of-school programs, particularly over the summer. The Partnership also supported peer mediation programs at Great Falls Middle School and Sheffield Elementary School, and provided youth leadership opportunities through a Massachusetts Youth Violence Prevention Program Grant this year.

The Partnership encourages members of the community to join in creating and sustaining a healthy community for our youth. For more information, contact Kara McLaughlin ( or Susan O'Connor (