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Grants & Summer Programming for SAPARS

We are pleased to announce that we have received the following grants to support our work.

Maine Women’s Fund has provided funding to support “Bridging the Gap.” During the school year, students in high schools (and some middle schools) can obtain services from a SAPARS advocate through our school based drop in programs. This program allows students to meet with an advocate during the school day at the school, thus minimizing barriers for students to access services. The “Bridging the Gap” project is designed to continue that access to SAPARS services by establishing drop in programs in the communities during the summer months. Those drop in sites will be at various locations and various times, and will allow for students to seek or continue to access support services throughout the summer. For more information, see the “Summer Services” section of this newsletter.

The Betterment Fund has awarded a three year grant to SAPARS to help support our Rural Educator/Advocate who will be working in the areas of Franklin County outside of the greater Farmington area. The Rural Educator/Advocate will be providing prevention education programming in the schools, and will also be establishing service sites in communities of western and northern Franklin County so that residents of those communities will have better access to sexual assault services without having to travel to our office in Farmington.

The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault has awarded 3 Rape Prevention Education “mini grants” to SAPARS. One of the grants will fund training for Resident Assistants at Central Maine Community College (in Auburn) to support ongoing prevention programming with their students.  Our College Advocate, Sabrina Yocono, will train the RA’s and provide them with materials and support do continue doing prevention education using materials from the Backbone Zone curriculum. Trainings will also be offered to faculty/staff and non-residential students.

The second grant will fund a project working with Upward Bound Students at UMF over the summer. This project will provide prevention education training to the Bridge student leaders of Upward Bound, using the scenario based prevention training of the University of Maine system. Those Bridge students will then provide the training to the other Upward Bound students throughout the summer months. At the end of the training, the Upward Bound participants (including the Bridge students) will develop a project of their choosing to reflect the information they have received and which can be shared with the larger campus community.

The third project is a media literacy project occurring in Androscoggin and Oxford Counties which will engage youth age 13+ in developing and using critical thinking skills when presented with images and stories through media outlets. Four movies will be viewed, followed by facilitated discussions about the themes in the movies. Those themes include healthy relationships, consent and sexual assault; sexual harassment; internet safety and online bullying; and gender roles as they relate to sexual violence. Participants will then help create youth focused/issue focused boards on our social media sites (Pinterest, Tumblr) and mini PSA’s that can be broadcast via local radio stations. This program will be available at Lewiston High School, Lisbon High School, Oak Hill High School, the Auburn Library and through the Norway Library.

Summer Programming:

With schools out for the summer, SAPARS is providing a wide range of services for youth during the summer months. Our goal is to continue our education efforts with youth and to provide greater access to our support services during the summer months. Below is a list of activities/service sites for youth.

Media Literacy Project:

The media literacy project (described above) will be held at  Lisbon High School (beginning 6/22), Lewiston High School (beginning 6/30), Oak Hill High School (beginning 6/24), the Auburn Library Teen Center (beginning 7/2), and through the Norway Library and New Beginnings. For specific dates and times for programming through the Norway location, please call (207) 743-9777.  For dates and times in Androscoggin County, call (207) 784-5272.

Drop In Service Sites:

For the summer months, we will have an Advocate at various locations, accessible to young people so that they can access crisis and support services close to home.

In Androscoggin County, drop in programs will be available at Lewiston High school, Lisbon High School, Oak Hill High School, Auburn Library Teen Center, New Beginnings, and Poland High School. For dates and times, call (207) 784-5272. Support groups will continue at both locations of Beckett House.

Drop in sites in Oxford County will be at the Norway Memorial Library, Common Ground Counseling in Fryeburg, the Peru Community Building and the Rumford college campus. For more information, call (207) 743-9777.

Drop in sites in Franklin County will be at the libraries in Rangeley and Phillips, and at the Jay Town Office. Other possible sites are under development. For more information, call (207) 778-9522.

Meet our new Rural Educator/Advocate, Jackie!

JackieJackie Kandler joined the SAPARS staff in Franklin County as the Rural Educator/Advocate on June 1, 2015. She will be providing school-based education and advocacy services in the rural parts of Franklin County.
Jackie recently graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) with a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Health Education, and minors in Nutrition Education and Child and Adolescent Health. She completed her Internship at Western Maine Community Action, as the first Wellness Coach Intern where she focused on worksite wellness.

Originally from Massachusetts, Jackie just permanently moved to Maine. “I am very excited to be a part of the SAPARS team in Franklin County, and it gives me the chance to get to know the area even more!”

Welcome, Jackie!

5K FUNdraiser!

Please join us for our 3rd annual Teal Ribbon Run/Walk 5K in South Paris, ME on Saturday, April 25th!

Registration begins at 9:00 AM. Walkers who are not being timed begin at 9:45 AM. Runners and timed walkers begin at 10 AM.

Location: 1 E Main St., South Paris (Same Building as Ocean Breeze- 44 E Main on GPS)

Cost = $20, kids 12 years and younger = FREE!

You can register and pay online at: http://5k.sapars.org/, or mail registrations and payments to:

Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services
PO Box 6
Auburn, Maine 04212

Please make checks payable to SAPARS

For more information, please call Lauren Dembski at (207) 743-9777 ext. 5



We’re Hiring!

Job description:

The Franklin County Rural Educator/Advocate will provide advocacy services and the school based education programs of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services in the more outlying areas of Franklin County.  Responsibilities include identifying and developing partnerships with community resources in rural Franklin County in order to locate services in those areas, providing school based prevention education programming in the schools of rural Franklin County, and providing direct services and support to people affected by sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, stalking or sex trafficking.  This is a new position and will also involve some program development and outreach activities.

Full time. Annual salary.

Job requirements:

Qualifications include awareness and sensitivity to issues of sexual victimization, strong communication and interpersonal skills, experience with public speaking and/or education presentations/teaching, ability to work independently, successful program development experience.  Reliable transportation required. Some night/weekend/holiday helpline coverage required.  To apply, submit cover letter, resume and 3 references by mail (P.O. Box 6, Auburn, ME 04212-0006) or email to marty.mcintyre@sapars.org.  Applications must be received no later than Monday, March 23.

Education requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in related field and/or equivalent life or work experience.


paid vacation, paid sick time, health insurance for employee paid by agency and available for dependents paid by employee, dental insurance available (paid by employee), 403 (b) retirement plan.

Contact info:

Marty McIntyre
Executive Director
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services
P.O. Box 6
Auburn,  Maine 04212

Phone: 207-784-5272

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Meet our new Site Coordinator in Franklin County!

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services (SAPARS) announces the appointment of Kayce Hunton as the Site Coordinator for their Franklin County office.

KayceHpicPrior to joining the SAPARS team in January, 2015, Kayce was the Client Services Manager and later the Director of Client Services at Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine (SASSMM). In that capacity, she managed multiple programs, led school-based education presentations, conducted community and professional trainings and facilitated support groups. Kayce worked at SASSMM for over 14 years.

Kayce was a core committee member in writing, Help In Healing, A Training Guide for Advocates, which is used by sexual assault support centers across Maine. Since 2013, she has been a member of the Maine/New Hampshire Victim Assistance Academy & Tri-State Advanced Victim Assistance Academy Advisory Committee.

Kayce received her BS in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) and her MS in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University. While a student at UMF, she worked at the LEAP Corporation and upon graduation accepted a position at Tri-County Mental Health Services (TCMHS) as a Case Manager. Kayce spent a couple of years at TCMHS before accepting a position at SASSMM and moving to the Midcoast area. In 2007, Kayce moved back to the Farmington area and commuted to her job at SASSMM.

“I am happy and excited to be working in Franklin County again. I feel honored to have been selected to join the team at Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services. This opportunity allows me to continue to be engaged in the important work of sexual violence prevention and response and also allows me to work much closer to where I live,” says Kayce.

In her role as the Site Coordinator, Kayce will oversee SAPARS’ programming in Franklin County. In addition, she will represent the agency in Franklin County collaborations, and will provide support and supervision for the staff.

Kayce replaces Nicholas Citriglia, who served as the Site Coordinator from 2012 to 2014.

SAPARS (historically known as SAVES in Franklin County) helps people recover from the trauma of sexual violence. Through school and community based programs, we work to raise awareness, educate, and prevent sexual violence. Please visit our website at www.sapars.org.  The statewide, toll free, 24-hour Helpline is 1-800-871-7741.

We’re hiring!

Rural Outreach Advocate

Job Description:
Northern Oxford County Advocate will identify, assess and appropriately respond to victims of sexual assault, in rural areas or rural communities. Provide victims/survivors information about community resources and strategies for enhancing safety. Staff school drop in services and respond to advocacy and support needs of students. Provide educational/support groups for survivors of sexual assault. Support survivors with obtaining protection from abuse orders when needed. Connect with school personnel, law enforcement, and other community resources to facilitate referrals for services. Staff helpline, and provide direct client service when necessary.

Job Requirements:
Knowledge of sexual violence and its impacts, excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team, reliable transportation a must.

Education Requirements: 
Bachelor’s degree in related field, or equivalent life or work experience.

paid vacation and sick time, health and dental insurance, 403b plan, professional development opportunities.

Full time, annual salary $30,000.00

If you are interested, please submit your resume, cover letter, and references via e-mail, mail, or fax by December 2nd to:

Stephanie LeBlond, Oxford Site Coordinator
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services
P.O. Box 300
South Paris, Maine 04281

Phone: (207) 743-9777
Fax: (207) 743-2677
Email: steph.leblond@sapars.org