Welcome, Dana!

The Community Central team is excited to welcome Dana Dotson,
our new 4-H Community Central Professional in Portland!

“4-H was an integral part of my upbringing and I am glad to be able to share it with the youth of Greater Portland. It is a privilege to serve Cumberland County as it’s new 4-H Youth Development CYFAR Professional.

For over a decade I’ve worked with youth in various capacities including; art, math tutoring, farm and wilderness camps, and gymnastics! I enjoy sharing my skills and passions with students and appreciate the lessons they teach me in return.

It’s a joy to help a young mind ignite what sparks their interest while nourishing their sense of community-belonging and supporting them through exciting and meaningful learning experiences. I am hopeful for a year of growth, adventure, and forging positive, cooperative relationships with participants and community partners!”

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Welcome, Dana!

Community Central programming is open to teens in Portland and Lewiston, Maine. If you are interested in learning more about this program please connect with us: visit our website for program details and contact information.  Also, check out our Facebook page!

Please note: Community Central staff are currently working partially remotely. Voicemail is monitored but email may be the quickest form of contact.

The University of Maine follows federal and state Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health and safety guidance, which includes social distancing and use of face coverings for the start of the 2020–21 academic year. All programming is conducted in compliance with Maine 4-H COVID-19 regulations. 

This material is based upon the work of 4-H Community Central Maine, a project supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States (U.S.) Department of Agriculture, through a cooperative agreement with The University of Maine under award number 2019-41520-29982.
General information about the CYFAR grant program can be accessed online at:

For further information about the CYFAR-funded project highlighted in this publication, contact:
CYFAR Project Name: 4-H Community Central Maine
Principal Investigator: Kristy L Ouellette
Email Address: kristy.ouellette@maine.edu