The Gill-Montague Community School Partnership (also known as “The Partnership”) is a coalition of organizations, families, youth, educators, and community members who are striving to make this community a healthier, safer, more caring, and constructive place for all the young people who live here. We are governed by a steering committee that includes community members, school staff, and representatives from local organizations that serve youth and families.
The Partnership got its start in 2002, in the wake of several incidents of serious violence in our community, when representatives from The Training & Mediation Collaborative (now Collaborative Resolutions Group), local law enforcement, and the Gill-Montague Regional School District resolved to start working more closely together on issues such as youth violence prevention, addressing dropout rates, promoting opportunities for youth recognition and engagement, and other collaboration between schools and community organizations.
The Franklin County Regional Council of Government’s Partnership for Youth soon identified the Partnership as a candidate for funding through the Drug Free Communities Act, and supported our efforts to secure the SAMHSA grants that were our primary source of funding until 2019. The Gill-Montague Regional School District was our fiscal agent and primary sponsor during that time and continues to be an important partner.
Now, we are one of the local coalitions that the Franklin County Communities That Care Coalition considers a key partner, and we also work closely with The Brick House Community Resource Center and the Education and Prevention workgroup of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin.
These days, a lot of The Partnership’s work happens behind-the-scenes, but we meet several times a year to plan and we’d love to have you join us! To find out when the next one will be send us a note using the Contact form on this website. We’d love to hear from you!