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September 11, 2014

Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program Achieves Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 Gold Status

Youthlinks, a Rockland area program serving middle and high school students, has been notified that it has attained Gold Status in the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 Program. Let’s Go! is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program that promotes the increase of physical activity and healthy eating for youth.

Gold status requires that the program implement all five Let’s Go! priority strategies, have them in written policy format, and enforce these policies.

 

As a Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 site, Youthlinks is dedicated to carrying out these strategies by providing healthy choices for snacks and celebrations, providing water and low-fat milk instead of sugary beverages, providing opportunities for daily physical activity, and engaging with community partners to help support and promote a healthy lifestyle for youth. Youthlinks collaborates with RSU 13, the Good Tern Co-op, Cooking Matters, a program of the Knox County Community Health Coalition (KCCHS) which is funded by the Good Shepard Food Bank, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Program,  and Foo Corps, to provide consistently healthy lifestyle choices for students in middle and high school.

 

For example, the Student Garden Army, summer camp, and other programs offered by Youthlinks for 11- 17 year olds emphasize the tenets of 5-2-1-0 which signify eating at least 5 vegetables and fruits per day, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, and 0 sugary beverages. At Youthlinks, students have opportunities to grow, harvest, and eat their own garden produce. Many students try vegetables that are new to them and learn they like them and find out ways through interactive cooking demonstrations to incorporate more healthy ingredients into their meals.  They bring this knowledge home with them to their families and it adds to their store of knowledge needed to become a healthier adolescent and adult.

 

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services. For more information on Youthlinks please call (207) 594-2221 or visit the following website: http://www.youthlinksonline.org/ or for information about Broadreach Family & Community Services the website is www.broadreachmaine.org .

 

 

Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program Awarded Quimby Family Foundation Grant

The Quimby Family Foundation has awarded Broadreach Family & Community Services Youthlinks Program a grant in the amount of $15,000. The funds will be used to expand the summer pilot Student Garden Army into a sustainable year-round program for middle and high school students in the greater Rockland region – Rockland, Cushing, St. George/Tenants Harbor,Thomaston, South Thomaston, and Owls Head).

 

Youth, age 11 – 17 living in towns served by RSU 13 will have an opportunity to participate in the program that teaches young people to learn to grow, cook, and eat healthy food and to make food choices that positively impact their health, and that of their community and their world. Student Garden Army also teaches students how to operate a micro-business through the operation of a local farm stand, and to give back to the community through support of the local food cupboards with fresh garden vegetables and fruit.

 

Youthlinks works closely with partners such as RSU 13m the Good Tern Co-op, Cooking Maters, a program of the Knox County Community Health Coalition (KCCHC), Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and Food Corps. The Youthlinks Program is located at 420 Broadway in Rockland and has been in operation for nearly 32 years.  It provides a safe place to nurture the development of young people, to support youth in becoming positive role models, and create meaningful connections between youth and their community.

 

For more information on Youthlinks please call (207) 594-2221 or visit the following website: http://www.youthlinksonline.org/ or for information about Broadreach Family & Community Services the website is www.broadreachmaine.org .

 

 

September 2, 2014

Preschool Ed Techs needed in Waldo County

Filed under: Career Openings — Deb @ 4:48 pm

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, nonprofit agency nurturing children and families in mid-coast Maine since 1983.  We have immediate openings for 2-3 part-time Ed Techs to serve in Broadreach inclusive classrooms in Waldo County.  Ed Techs are  responsible for assisting in implementing the daily operation of literacy enriched inclusive classroom in collaboration with local school districts. Ed Techs may also provide one to one support for identified children.

Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field preferred and Ed Tech II or III required. Background in High Scope Curriculum and Head Start experience a plus.

Please send a resume and 3 letters of reference to:

Broadreach Family & Community Services

5 Stephenson Lane

Belfast, ME 04915

Or

vnickerson@brmaine.org

Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant.

Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Prekindergarten Teaching Positions in Waldo County: Immediate Openings

Filed under: Career Openings — Deb @ 4:42 pm

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, nonprofit agency nurturing children and families in mid-coast Maine since 1983. We have 2-3 immediate openings for part time Early Childhood Teachers at Broadreach Early School Programs in Waldo County.  Responsible for implementing the daily operation of literacy enriched inclusive classroom in collaboration with RSUs 3 or 20.

 Early childhood education teaching experience and 081 and/ or or 282 teaching credential needed. Background in High Scope Curriculum a plus.

Please send a resume and 3 letters of reference to:
Broadreach Family & Community Services
5 Stephenson Lane
Belfast, ME 04915
Or
vnickerson@brmaine.org
Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant.
Broadreach is an equal opportunity Employer.

Early Childhood Teacher: Immediate Opening in Rockland, Maine

Filed under: Career Openings — Deb @ 4:35 pm

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, nonprofit agency nurturing children and families in mid-coast Maine since 1983. We have an opening for a part time Early Childhood Teacher at Broadreach Early School Programs at Mid-Coast Children’s Services site in Rockland. Inclusive Preschool classroom. Responsible for implementing the daily operation of literacy enriched inclusive classroom collaboration Penquis CAP Head Start Program.

Early childhood education teaching experience and 081 teaching credential needed. Eligibility for 282 credential a plus. Background in High Scope Curriculum and Head Start experience a plus.

Please send a resume and 3 letters of reference to:
Broadreach Family & Community Services
5 Stephenson Lane
Belfast, ME 04915
Or
vnickerson@brmaine.org
Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant.
Broadreach is an equal opportunity Employer.

August 25, 2014

Job Opportunity: Part Time Early Childhood Teacher Assistant (Rockland)

Filed under: Career Openings,Uncategorized — Vicky @ 11:27 am

Broadreach Family & Community Services (BRFCS) is a private, nonprofit agency nurturing children and families in mid-coast Maine since 1983.  We have an opening for a part-time Early Childhood Teacher Assistant at Broadreach Early School Programs at MidCoast Children’s Services site in Rockland. This is an inclusive Preschool classroom. Assistant teacher would be responsible for assisting in implementing the daily operation of literacy enriched inclusive classroom collaboration Penquis CAP Head Start Program.

Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field preferred and Ed Tech II or III required. Background in High Scope Curriculum and Head Start experience a plus.

Please send a resume and 3 letters of reference to:

Broadreach Family & Community Services

5 Stephenson Lane

Belfast, ME 04915

Or

vnickerson@brmaine.org

Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant.

Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Opportunity: Part Time Early Childhood Teacher (Rockland)

Filed under: Career Openings,Early Childhood Education — Vicky @ 10:20 am

Broadreach Family & Community Services(BRFCS) is a private, nonprofit agency nurturing children and families in mid-coast Maine since 1983. We have an opening for a  part time Early Childhood Teacher at Broadreach Early School Programs at MidCoast Children’s Services site in Rockland. Inclusive Preschool classroom. Responsible for implementing the daily operation of literacy enriched inclusive classroom collaboration Penquis CAP Head Start Program.

Early childhood education teaching experience and 081 teaching credential needed. Eligibility for 282 credential a plus. Background in High Scope Curriculum and Head Start experience a plus.

Please send a resume and 3 letters of reference to:
Broadreach Family & Community Services
5 Stephenson Lane
Belfast, ME 04915
Or
vnickerson@brmaine.org
Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant.
Broadreach is an equal opportunity Employer.

August 21, 2014

Stashbuster Fundraiser for Early Childhood Education Seeking Donations

Stashbuster Photo

Broadreach Family & Community Services is preparing for its next event to raise funds for its Early Childhood Education Program – a Stashbuster Fiber and Fabric Fair on Saturday, September 27th from 9 am – noon in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.  Each day calls are being fielded and deliveries are being arranged for skeins of yarn, yards of fabric, smaller bundles for quilting and other projects, and fiber arts equipment and supplies – from knitting needles to patterns to bias tape.

 

“We have been receiving some beautiful and high quality items that we expect will sell out quickly at the fair.  All items will certainly be a great deal for the buyer and we will be sure to have inventory for both the serious and casual fabric artists of all ages”, shared Sue diRosario, Broadreach’s Director of Philanthropy and Community Relations.

 

“A special thanks goes out to our sponsors of this event, Heavenly Sock Yarns of Belfast, WORKS of Searsport, The Purple Fleece of Stockton Springs, Fiddehead Artisan Supply, and Good Karma Farm & Spinning Company, both of Belfast.  We know these are wonderful local resources for the fabric artist and we are thrilled that they are our sponsors.”

If you have items to donate, please contact diRosario by September 20th at 338-2200 x 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org.  Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that provides Early Childhood Education Services, Behavioral Health and Case Management Services for all ages, its Youthlinks after school and summer program for middle – high school youth in the greater Rockland area, and Prevention Services such as parenting classes and programs for the prevention of child abuse and neglect and substance abuse.  For more information about Broadreach services please call 338-2200 or visit the website at www.broadreachmaine.org.

Pot o’ Lobstahs Fundraiser for Youthlinks Program – Buy/Sell Tickets through 9/30

Pot o Lobstahs Photo

Thanks to the generosity of Dave Cousens of South Thomaston and Reny’s – A Maine Adventure, the Youthlinks Program of Broadreach Family & Community Services is offering the tastiest raffle of the season – two chances to win a pot of lobsters, complete with the pot, mitts, and crackers.  Dave Cousens, a local lobsterman has donated the tasty crustaceans to benefit the programs of Youthlinks.

 

The tickets for Pot o Lobstahs are selling 6 for $5 and the drawing will be held on September 30th.  All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Youthlinks Program.  Youthlinks has been serving the youth of the greater Rockland area for over thirty-two years.  Middle and high school students sign up for after school and summer programs that offer a wide range of topics.  Most “clubs”, as each topic is known, bring community experts to Youthlinks and give the students an opportunity to interact with the community.  Besides learning new skills, expanding knowledge, and trying new things, the students also have a chance to provide community service through a local meals program, volunteer at a local residential health care facility, and at an animal shelter.  Clubs also encourage healthy lifestyles, including good nutrition, physical activity and avoiding harmful substances.

 

Most recently, the Student Garden Army at Youthlinks hosted a Grassroots Garden Tour showcasing all the work they had accomplished in the gardens and greenhouse this summer including sales of their garden produce at their weekly farm stand and their donations to the local food cupboard.  Other groups of students had opportunities to attend camp at Youthlinks or Sailing Camp through the Apprenticeshop and a special grant from Machias Savings Bank.

 

Youthlinks, is a program of the non-profit organization Broadreach Family & Community Services agency, a 501(c)(3) organization.  For more information about how to purchase tickets, please call Youthlinks at 594-2221 and speak with Kris Koerber, the Program Director or Hannah Magnusson, the Program Manager.  You may also contact Sue diRosario in the Belfast office of Broadreach at 338-2200, extension 201 for ticket information for the Pot o Lobstahs Fundraiser.

August 6, 2014

Now Accepting Applications for Unity Early Childhood Inclusive Program

Filed under: Child Services,Preschool — Vicky @ 2:20 pm

Unity Early Childhood Inclusive Program Poster

August 5, 2014

Now Accepting Applications for Mill Lane Early Childhood Inclusive Program

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 2:42 pm

Mill Lane ECIP

Now Accepting Applications for Rockland’s Early Childhood Inclusive Program

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 2:20 pm

Rockland ECIP Poster

August 4, 2014

Grassroots Garden Tour to be Hosted by Youthlinks Student Garden Army

SGA photo

On Saturday, August 16th from 9 am until noon, the Youthlinks Program’s Student Garden Army will host a Grassroots Garden Tour at their 420 Broadway location in Rockland.  Local students have been participating in the summer agricultural program and the event will showcase the work they have accomplished in the gardens and greenhouse and allow participants to sample the fresh produce they have grown.  Each Wednesday morning from 9 am – 11 throughout the summer the Student Garden Army operates the Youthlinks Farmstand at 420 Broadway, next to Eastside High School.

 

The Grassroots Garden Tour will also feature the students of the Midcoast Music Academy who will be on-site to provide live music for the gathering.  The Student Garden Army participants have also planned fun games and prizes and will be displaying art at the event.  Children under 12 receive free admission and for those 12 and older the admission is $5.  All admission fees will be used to support the Student Garden Army Program.

 

Working with the young people have been Kristofer Koerber, Youthlinks Director and Hannah Magnusson, Program Manager.  The program is supported from private foundations, local businesses, and private individuals.  Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a private, non-profit organization serving children, youth and adults for over three decades with youth services, early childhood education, prevention services, and behavioral health and case management for all ages. For more information about Youthlinks, contact 594-2221 or find Youthlinks on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/youthlinks to learn more about the programs offered and visit http://broadreachmaine.org/ to learn about all of the great things happening through Broadreach.

 

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Career Opportunity- ID Community Case Manager

Broadreach Family and Community Services is seeking an ID Community Case Manager to provide case management to adults with autism and intellectual disabilities.

A Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field required, LSW preferred.

This position may be based in either Rockland or our Belfast offices.

The right candidate will have 3-5 years experience working with this population, familiarity with EIS and the PCP process and a strong commitment to foster community based social services in Midcoast Maine. Understanding of Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Serious and Persistent Mental Illness required.

To apply, please send letter of interest and resume to Bob Garcia, Director of Behavioral Health Services, bgarcia@brmaine.org.

Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, nonprofit agency nurturing children and families in mid-coast Maine since 1983.

Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

July 28, 2014

Rockland Community Sailing and Youthlinks Do It Again!

Filed under: Summer Camp,Teens — Sue Dirosario @ 5:57 pm

On June 23rd, Rockland Community Sailing, a program of the Apprenticeshop, and Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services, collaborated for the 7th consecutive year to provide an opportunity for the young people of the Rockland area to learn about sailing. Through the generous support from Machias Savings Bank and gracious individual contributions, the collaboration between the two programs was able to provide an experience on the water for 12 middle school and high school students.

This year, Head Instructor Devon Gordon and Assistant instructors Aidan Gordon, Tricia Towey, Will Foote and Randy Mercer lead students through this week long program. In addition Sarah Woodman and Alyssa Sweet, both Program Managers from Youthlinks, played a significant role in assisting daily with the camp. Students first learn the basics of sailing through the direction and support of the dedicated RCS instructors. The younger students and those with less experience began sailing a one person, single sail boat known as Optis. Older students and those with more experience are paired up to sail the larger, two-sailed-boats, known as 420s. On the first day of camp students take turns being towed by a motorboat to learn the feel of being on a boat and how to use a rudder to steer without the pressure of manipulating a sail. By day three students are able to tack and jibe through the inner Rockland Harbor.

This week long program was an opportunity for students to connect with the area’s marine heritage and their community. For many students the experience of learning to sail in Rockland Harbor placed them outside their comfort zones and by the end of the week these young people had developed a new sense of confidence and learned new skill sets that they can carry with them as they grow.

To be a part of the positive change in the lives of our young people, help support future collaborations between Youthlinks and Rockland Community Sailing contact the Apprenticeshop at  594-1800 or Youthlinks at 594-2221 to learn more about how you can help us continue these experiences for young people. Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization serving the region for more than three decades.

 

Broadreach to Host Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fundraiser in Belfast

Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fair Requests Donations from Local Fiber Crafters

 Calling all knitters, sewers, weavers and crafters! Here is a chance to turn your unused stash of yarn and fabric into gold to support high quality learning experiences for Waldo County’s youngest learners. It is also a chance, come September 27th, to stock up on materials for new projects and support a great cause.

A Fiber & Fabric Fair will be held on Saturday, September 27th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library. The fundraiser, which will support Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Program, will feature a wide array of yarns, fabrics, and supplies for the fiber craftsperson. Broadreach is asking all those fiber and fabric aficionados who have yarn, wool, fabric, patterns, and other supplies they wish to contribute to contact Broadreach at 338-2200 extension 201 to arrange a donation. Local businesses such as Heavenly Socks Yarns, Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, WORKS, Good Karma Farm and Weaving, and Purple Fleece will be donating door prizes for this exciting fiber event.

The Fiber & Fabric Fair is free and open to the public. All those who knit, weave, sew and quilt, or those who would like to become involved in these crafts, are encouraged to attend. There will be people of all skill levels in attendance and fiber creativity will be free-flowing.

Broadreach Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay shared, “September is the perfect time of year to stock up on your yarn and fabric supplies. Just as the first crisp days of autumn begin, we start to think of our holiday and winter projects. Whether you are an accomplished fiber artist or a beginner, there will be something for everyone at this Fiber and Fabric Fair and all the proceeds will help support Early Childhood Education.   We encourage those who wish to contribute some of their accumulated supplies to contact our office to arrange the donation of their materials for this first-time event. ”

For more information, contact either Sue diRosario or Deb Schilder at 338-2200 at Broadreach Family & Community Services. Broadreach is a not-for-profit organization serving the people of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln counties with Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health/Case Management Services, Youthlinks after school and summer programs, and family strengthening and child abuse and neglect and substance abuse prevention services. More information about Broadreach can be found at www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

 

 

July 16, 2014

Career Opportunity- Early Childhood Teacher

Filed under: Career Openings,Child Services,Literacy,Preschool — Vicky @ 10:12 am

Early Childhood Teacher in our preschool inclusive classroom. Teacher will be responsible for implementing and supervising the daily operations of a literacy enriched classroom.

Applicants must hold a current 282 Maine Teaching Certification.

Experience in early childhood settings, 081 credential eligibility, High Scope Curriculum, literacy education and supervision experience a plus.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant.

To apply, please send a cover letter with resume and three letters of reference to:

Vicky Nickerson
5 Stephenson Lane
Belfast, Maine 04915
e: vnickerson@brmaine.org
f: 338-1652

Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

July 1, 2014

Career Opportunity- PreK Teachers

Filed under: Career Openings,Child Services,Preschool — Vicky @ 1:31 pm

Openings in Waldo County.

Teacher will be responsible for implementing and supervising the daily operation of literacy enriched four year old program classrooms. This program is a collaborative program with the local school district. Applicants must hold current 081 Maine Teaching Certification. Experience in special education (282 credential eligible), High Scope Curriculum, literacy education and supervision experience a plus. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please send a cover letter, resume and 3 letters of reference to:

Broadreach Family & Community Services 5 Stephenson Lane, Belfast, ME 04915

Or vnickerson@brmaine.org

Applications will close upon selection of qualified applicants.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, nonprofit agency nurturing children and families in mid-coast Maine since 1983.

Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Career Opportunity- Infant/Toddler Teacher Belfast

Filed under: Career Openings,Preschool — Vicky @ 1:21 pm

Full time (35 hours) Infant/Toddler Teacher- Early Head Start Classroom

Early Head Start infant/toddler (6 weeks to 3 years) inclusive classrooms in Belfast. Responsible for implementing /supervising the daily operation of literacy enriched inclusive classroom collaboration with Waldo County Community Action Partners- Early Head Start program.  Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field and eligibility for Maine Teacher Certification 081 (birth to five) certification required. Experience in family services, early intervention and leadership in early care and education required. Background in High Scope Curriculum and Head Start a plus.

Please send a cover letter, resume and 3 letters of reference to:

Broadreach Family & Community Services 5 Stephenson Lane, Belfast, ME 04915

Or vnickerson@brmaine.org

Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, nonprofit agency nurturing children and families in mid-coast Maine since 1983.

Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

June 30, 2014

Calling All Knitters, Sewers, Weavers, and Crafters for Fiber & Fabric Fair Fundraiser on September 27th

Stashbuster flyer

 

Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fair Requests Donations from Local Fiber Crafters 

 

Calling all knitters, sewers, weavers and crafters!  Here is a chance to turn your unused stash of yarn and fabric into gold to support high quality learning experiences for Waldo County’s youngest learners.

A Fiber & Fabric Fair will be held on Saturday, September 27th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.  The fundraiser, which will support Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Program, will feature a wide array of yarns, fabrics, and supplies for the fiber craftsperson.  Broadreach is asking all those fiber and fabric aficionados who have yarn, wool, fabric, patterns, and other supplies they wish to contribute to contact Broadreach at 338-2200 extension 201 to arrange a donation.  Local businesses such as Heavenly Socks Yarns, Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, WORKS, and Purple Fleece will be donating door prizes for this exciting fiber event.

The Fiber & Fabric Fair is free and open to the public.  All those who knit, weave, sew and quilt, or those who would like to become involved in these crafts, are encouraged to attend.  There will be people of all skill levels in attendance and fiber creativity will be free-flowing.

Broadreach Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay shared, “September is the perfect time of year to stock up on your yarn and fabric supplies.  Just as the first crisp days of autumn begin, we start to think of our holiday and winter projects.  Whether you are an accomplished fiber artist or a beginner, there will be something for everyone at this Fiber and Fabric Fair and all the proceeds will help support Early Childhood Education.   We encourage those who wish to contribute some of their accumulated supplies to contact our office to arrange the donation of their materials for this first-time event. ”

For more information, contact either Sue diRosario or Deb Schilder at 338-2200 at Broadreach Family & Community Services.  Broadreach is a not-for-profit organization serving the people of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln counties with Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health/Case Management Services, Youthlinks after school and summer programs, and family strengthening and child abuse and neglect and substance abuse prevention services.  More information about Broadreach can be found at www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

 

 

June 25, 2014

Career Opportunity- Behavioral Health Manager and Clinical Supervisor

Filed under: Behavioral Health,Career Openings,Child Services — Vicky @ 9:02 am

Broadreach Family and Community Services is seeking a MSW with their LCSW to help lead and grow our clinical and case management teams. The right candidate will have 3-5 years progressive clinical and supervisory experience and a strong commitment to foster community based social services in Midcoast Maine. Experience working with children, youth and adults from a family systems perspective necessary. Understanding of Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Serious and Persistent Mental Illness very helpful.

To apply, please send letter of interest and resume to Bob Garcia, Director of Behavioral Health Services, bgarcia@brmaine.org.

Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, nonprofit agency nurturing children and families in mid-coast Maine since 1983.

Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

June 19, 2014

Youthlinks Program Has Student Garden Army Opening

Youthlinks Farmstand

Youthlinks Director Kris Koerber announced that there are a few remaining openings for the June 30th – August 21st Student Garden Army.  This eight week program for high school students features a wide array of agricultural and culinary experiences including: planting seedlings, growing vegetables, maintaining and developing a garden, harvesting crops, and cooking and preparing healthy foods.

 

 

 

Kris Koerber shared, “This is a great way for high school students to gain leadership skills, make a positive impact on their community, and earn money through managing the farm stand sales.   It is a great experience that provides knowledge that will be useful throughout students’ lives.”

 

 

 

For more information about application for the School Garden Army, contact Kris Koerber at 594-2221 or at youthlinksonline.org. Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services and is located at 420 Broadway in Rockland.  The program is free of charge for participating students.

 

 

June 17, 2014

Cooking Really Does Matter by Hannah Magnusson

Filed under: Teens,Youthlinks — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Sue Dirosario @ 1:33 pm

 Cooking Matters Session 2Cooking Matters Session 3Cooking matters session 4

“ My favorite part of the year was learning how to cook in Cooking Matters” expressed a 5th grade  student at Youthlinks’ at the end of the year closing circle. This was a student who almost didn’t sign up for the program because he didn’t know how to cook. Cooking Matters, a program of the Knox County Community Health Coalition (KCCHC) is funded by Good Shepard Food Bank. This year Youthlinks’ ran four six week sessions with middle school students at the Rockland District Middle School. Cooking Matters is an all encompassing program that teaches students about food, preparing food, and nutrition. Many of the students were so excited when they learned that they got to work with a “real” chef. Nancy Wood, the programs “real” chef is a SNAP Educator for the KCCHC working with families to teach them about cooking and nutrition. Her passion for working with youth and food is inspiring. Youthlinks collaboration with Cooking Matters would not have been the same without Chef Wood, our volunteer Judy Kove Block, and the support of three dedicated nutritionists. Cooking Matters doesn’t just teach the students about cooking it also involves their parents. After every class the students receive a bag of food to take home and the recipe for what was made in class and they are encouraged to prepare the food for their friends and families. The six week session culminates in an Extreme Food Makeover where they recreate their favorite recipes into healthier ones and invite their parents to a big meal. Each meal was a huge success and yes, the students volunteered to eat kale on their whole wheat pizza!

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services.   For more information concerning  Youthlinks please contact Youthlinks at 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA.  For more information about Broadreach please visit:  http://broadreachmaine.org/. For more information about Cooking Matters please visit: http://www.penbayymca.net/kcchc/kcchc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 28, 2014

Youthlinks to Hold Yard & Bake Sale on May 3rd

Youthlinks house

Ready to start the spring?  It’s yard sale season kicking off at  420 Broadway in Rockland on Saturday May, 3rd.  Come discover some great treasures!  Youthlinks has cleaned house and in the process uncovered nearly 200 items that are going to be waiting for bargain hunters.  Help support Youthlinks programs with every purchase made; from a kayak and ping-pong table to mugs, glasses and lawn games- we’ve got something for everyone.

In addition to yard sale items, the Youthlinks team will have some fantastic baked goods for sale -and wow… Youthlinks can bake some mighty fine treats!   The event kicks off at 8:00 am and runs until 3:00pm.  Don’t miss this one!

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services providing after school and summer programs for middle and high school students in the region.  For more information about Youthlinks call 594-2221.

 

April 16, 2014

Youthlinks Hosts Student Creative Writing Workshop in Thomaston

 

 

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Left:  Students of Oceanside West and authors pose for a group photo at the end of an all day Creative Writing Workshop.

Right:  Authors presenting at the Creative Writing Workshop are, from left, Jen Blood, Ben Odgren, Lacy Simons, and Elizabeth Hand.

Photos and article by Sarah Woodman, Youthlinks/AmeriCorps

On March 19th, forty eighth and ninth grade students of Oceanside West gathered at Watts Hall in Thomaston for a full-day Creative Writing Workshop, organized by Youthlinks of Rockland. This workshop complimented a weekly after-school creative writing club provided by Youthlinks and offered to high school students of RSU 13, from January through April of this year. The Creative Writing Workshop connected Oceanside West students to four writers of varying literary style who call the midcoast area home: Jen Blood of Cushing, Liz Hand of Belfast, Lacy Simons of Rockland, and Ben Odgren of Rockport. Students split into groups of ten and rotated through the day to spend an intensive, hour-long session with each author.

Jen Blood holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine, is a freelance journalist, professional editor, and author of the bestselling Erin Solomon mystery series.  Jen Blood led the students through the creative, multi-media process of developing dynamic characters which reflected her own process of creating characters.  Blood provided a series of questions about the character to encourage students to think deeply about creating a layered character; questions such as:  what is their favorite color, who is their best friend, what food do they love or hate, and where did they grow up? 

Elizabeth Hand is a multiple award-winning critic and author of numerous novels, comics, and short fiction for adults, teenagers, and children.  She is on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing, and divides her time between Maine and London.  Liz Hand led students through an exercise in creating strong descriptive language for stories.  Using student directed words and phrases, Hand showed how an out of the ordinary descriptive word choice can create emotional, visceral, and evocative descriptions of images and objects.

Benjamin Odgren studied film in college, lives in Rockport, works at the Island Institute in Rockland, and writes screenplays in his spare time. Odgren’s session began with a screening of the introduction of the movie “Kung-Fu Panda” while students followed along with a copy of the movie’s screenplay. Odgren explained the structure of a screenplay, the language of denoting camera work and dialogue, and the importance of writing directorial narration such as setting, actor direction and blocking. Students were then given time to write and share their own film scenes.

 Lacy Simons, who holds an MFA in poetry and is the owner of Hello Hello Books in Rockland, introduced to students to a variety of literary games and 
exercises to inspire creativity in writing, specifically poetry. Simons had students write the thoughts, sounds, smells, sights, and emotions of a ride in a 
favorite car. Using this exercise, Simons encouraged students to keep a journal as a record of similar sensory memories, which are so integral in writing and so easy to forget.
The day wrapped up with time for students to bravely share the imaginative, layered, and often funny works created throughout the day in each 
author’s session. The intention of the workshop was to connect students with local authors, inspire and skill-build in those students with experience in 
creative writing, and create a new interest for students who had not expressed an affinity for writing in the past. Feedback from students and authors 
indicated that the workshop was a success.

Organized and hosted by Youthlinks in Rockland, the Creative Writing Workshop was generously supported by RSU 13 and Oceanside West’s student activity fund. Snacks for students and lunch for the authors was available through donations from the Rockland Hannaford and Shaw’s supermarkets. The use of Watts Hall at no-cost for this educational event was provided by the town of Thomaston.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983. For more information please call Youthlinks at 594-2221 or visit youthlinksonline.org.



 

April 15, 2014

Youthlinks Offers Participants Opportunities for Community Service and Art, Theater & Radio

YL Fishes and LoavesBy Sarah Woodman, Youthlinks/AmeriCorps

February Youthlinks Fishes and Loaves kitchen volunteers take a break to share a smile and show off their homemade salad. From left, Callum Boggard, Youthlinks Director Kris Koerber, Christen Rasmussen, Kat Howarth, Keariel Peasley, and Takoda Peasley.

Local high school students needing to attain their required community service hours should check out the late spring offerings from Youthlinks.  On Mondays students have another chance to work with FoodCorps volunteer Genna Cherichello in the Spring Garden Army. Students will grow vegetable seedlings, plant flowers, construct and paint garden signs, build raised garden beds, and create a current map of the garden for Youthlinks, Oceanside East High School, and community use.  Spring Garden Army offers ten community service hours.

On Thursdays, Youthlinks is hosting a Community Action Team, a variety of community service projects including beach clean-ups, cooking and baking dishes for a monthly soup kitchen, and building a home for native bees out of wood, bamboo, and other found materials, to be located at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden. Students can earn up to twelve community service hours by participating in the Community Action Team.

Every second Saturday of the month, students can earn four hours of community service by volunteering at the Fishes and Loaves Lunch, a free weekend meal at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland, a collaborative effort of St. Peter’s and the Pratt Memorial United Methodist Church. Students prepare, cook, and serve a full meal for patrons. The upcoming dates for the Fishes and Loaves meals  are May 10 and June 14, and the program runs from 10-2.

The late spring session also offers three fun and free art, music, and drama based after-school programs. On Tuesdays students can exercise their painting and drawing skills and help beautify the Youthlinks building in Mural Art. Back by popular demand on Wednesdays is Improv, the fast paced, no-script form of theater. Fridays offer music lovers the chance to plan and run a radio show through Rockland’s local radio station WRFR in Youthlinks Radio.

Youthlinks programs are free, run from 3-5 Monday through Friday, and meet at the Youthlinks building at 420 Broadway (at the end of the driveway to Oceanside East). Students can pick up registration forms from the guidance office at Oceansides East and West or register online at www.youthlinksonline.org/. For more information on Youthlinks programming, please call 594-2221.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, serving middle and high school students with a variety of after school and summer sessions.  For information about Broadreach Family & Community Services the number is 338-2200 and the website is www.broadreachmaine.org .

 

April 14, 2014

Youthlinks Farmhands

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Article and Photo by Hannah Magnusson, Youthlinks/AmeriCorps

From left to right: Corbin Farnham, Joel Morin, Lainie Hooper, Amariah Glaude, Alexa Barstow and Sarah Post

Five eager Youthlinks students can now proudly say they know how to halter and lead a cow. Youthlinks, a program of the Rockland After School Alliance (RASA) partnered with Aldermere Farm to take on the challenge of becoming farmhands.  With patience, determination, and a few snow days to throw them off the students succeed in haltering the young calves.  Youthlinks would like to thank Sarah Post from Aldermere Farm for her support and guidance for the young farmhands.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community. For more information concerning the Rockland After-School Alliance, please contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA.  For more information about Broadreach please visit http://broadreachmaine.org/. For more information about Aldermere Farm please visit http://www.aldermere.org/.

 

 

 

April 11, 2014

Broadreach to Host Mid-Coast Mom Prom on May 10th

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The third annual Mid-Coast Mom Prom is being hosted this year by Broadreach Family & Community Services on Saturday, May 10th from 7:30 – 11:30 pm at the Boathouse in Belfast.  All proceeds from the event will be used to support Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education Program.  A national event, each Mom Prom is designed for “Moms and Those Who Mother” to enjoy the camaraderie of others while raising funds for a local charitable cause.  The tickets for this year’s Las Vegas-themed event, which can be purchased online at www.broadreachmaine.org are priced at $30 and cover the cost of the Prom and refreshments.

DJ Ryan Albert will once again be donating his services for the event with a lively mix of danceable numbers.  Women are encouraged to bring their female family members and friends to this annual spring event.  Prizes will be given for categories such as Most Glitzy, and the Mom Prom Queen will be crowned with a fitting tiara.  A “Step and Repeat” backdrop will be set up for red carpet “prom photos” for each lady attending the event.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available, including a cash bar.   Attendees must be 21 or older.  All designated drivers will receive a special token of appreciation.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit organization serving the people of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln Counties.  Services include Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health and Case Management, Youthlinks after school and summer programs for middle and high school students, and prevention services designed to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect and substance abuse.  For more information about Broadreach Family & Community Services or the Mid-Coast Mom Prom, contact Sue diRosario at 338-2200 extension 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org.  The website is www.broadreachmaine.org .

 

April 10, 2014

The First Donates its Casual for a Cause Collection to Youthlinks

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Attached photo:  From left to right Sarah Woodman and Alyssa Sweet of Youthlinks/AmeriCorps; Alicia Costa, Assistant Manager of The First’s Union Street, Rockland office; Shannon Wenners, Branch Supervisor of The First’s Park Street, Rockland office; Youthlinks Director, Krisofer Koerber; Hannah Magnusson, Youthlinks/AmeriCorps; Polly Chatfield, member of Broadreach Board and Youthlinks Advisory Group; and Susan St. John, Youthlinks Advisory Group member.

The two Rockland offices of The First recently donated $606.12 to Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Youthlinks Program.  For nineteen years the employees of The First have been dressing casually on Fridays in support of charitable organizations in communities where they provide financial services.   The First employees who participate in the program make a contribution each Friday that they dress casually.  At the end of each month, a donation is presented to an employee-nominated, non-profit organization.    

 

Youthlinks Program Director Kristofer Koerber shared, “We are grateful for this generous support from the employees of The First and to their financial institution for providing this contribution and showing such community support. This donation will certainly be helpful to Youthlinks in carrying out our mission to provide quality after school and summer programs for area middle and high school students.”

 

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, serving middle and high school students with a variety of after school and summer sessions. For more information on Youthlinks please call (207) 594-2221 or visit http://www.youthlinksonline.org/ or for information about Broadreach Family & Community Services the website is www.broadreachmaine.org .

 

April 4, 2014

Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program Welcomes Chef Jeff Space of Pen-Bay Hospital

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Youthlinks students take a photo with their
guest chef. Back row, from left: Ethan Keene, Nick Smith, Chef Jeffrey Space,
Kat Cova, and Caroline Duda, and Front Row: Nina Davis and Kat Howarth.

By Sarah Woodman

On March 18th, the Youthlinks Top Chef Rockland cooking club was visited by Chef Jeff Space, Director of Nutritional Services at Pen-Bay Hospital. Each week, local high school students gather at Youthlinks in Rockland to learn new cooking skills, taste new foods, and meet with local chefs who share their talents and knowledge with students.

Jeff Space joined the program to share with students the USDA’s “My Plate” initiative, to reinforce the Let’s Go 5-2-1-0 program (5 servings of fruits and veggies, 2 hours or less screen time, 1 hour or more physical activity, and 0 sugary drinks), and to improve student cooking skills. The “My Plate” model is a program of the USDA, which offers a simple, brightly colored guide for people to follow to create healthy and nutritious meals. “My Plate” transforms the food pyramid into a daily meal guide, with half a plate filled with fruit and vegetables, one quarter filled with a lean protein, and one quarter filled with a whole grain, and a serving of lowfat dairy on the side. Chef Jeff Space cooked a “My Plate” meal of asparagus, chicken, and lowfat cheese quesadillas; tomato, avocado, and cilantro salad; a black bean and mango salad; and seared pineapple, served with a container of skim milk. Chef Space showed students that flavor, color, and interest in a meal can come from a variety of fruits and vegetables and delicious herbs and spices instead of added fats or preservatives.

Students also improved their cooking skills while working with Chef Space, as he reinforced the proper way to hold and use chef knives, tips for peeling garlic, red peppers, and pineapples, and the best way to pit an avocado and a mango. The meal was then enjoyed by all participants!

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983. For more information please call Youthlinks at 594-2221 or visit youthlinksonline.org.

 

Broadreach to Host Mom Prom at The Boathouse on May 10th

 

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Make Plans Now to Attend This Ladies Only Event! It’s a Night of Glitz and Glamour Las Vegas Style! Sparkle At the Third Annual Mom Prom! Saturday, May 10th 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm The Boathouse in Belfast All proceeds benefit Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education Program

$30 ticket covers Prom and refreshments.  Cash bar available. Fun Prizes!  Prom Queen, Most Glitzy, and More! Make plans to attend!  Bring family and friends!*  Treat Mom for Mother’s Day!   For more information or find out how to get involved, contact Sue diRosario at 338-2200 x 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org *Must be 21 or over.

Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.broadreachmaine.org

 

 

March 5, 2014

Spread the Word to End the Word

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General Campaign Questions

Q: What is Spread the Word to End the Word?
A: 
Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word. The campaign is intended to engage school organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support in helping to build communities of inclusion and acceptance for all people.

Q: When is Spread the Word to End the Word?
A: 
Spread the Word to End the Word holds its’ annual day of awareness on the first Wednesday of every March. However, people everywhere can help spread the word throughout their communities and schools year-round through pledge drives, youth rallies and online activation.

Q: Who supports the Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign?

A: Spread the Word to End the Word is a youth-driven movement supported by Special Olympics and Best Buddies International.

Q: How and when was Spread the Word to End the Word created?
A: 
Spread the Word to End the Word was created by youth with and without intellectual disabilities who participated in the Special Olympics Global Youth Activation Summit at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. The motivation for the campaign was driven by a united passion to promote the positive contributions people with intellectual disabilities make to communities around the world combined with a simple call to action – a pledge to stop using a word – that also symbolizes positive attitude change and a commitment to make the world a more accepting place for all people. The trademarked “Spread the Word To End the Word” annual day of awareness was created by Soeren Palumbo (Notre Dame class of 2011) and Tim Shriver (Yale class of 2011) who are recognized as co-founders of the campaign.

Q: Why is the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign important?
A: Respectful and inclusive language is essential to the movement for the dignity and humanity of people with intellectual disabilities. However, much of society does not recognize the hurtful, dehumanizing and exclusive effects of the word “retard(ed).” It is time to address the minority slur “retard(ed)” and raise the consciousness of society to its hurtful effects.

Q: How do I take the R-word pledge?
A
: Click “Pledge and Be Heard” above!

Q: Where can I find more materials to host an R-word event in my area?
A:
 You can download materials on our resources page and purchase merchandise and event materials in theOfficial R-word Store!

Q: Where do I purchase R-word t-shirts and other merchandise?
A: 
You can find all R-word merchandise, including t-shirts, baseball caps, bracelets, stickers and more, at theOfficial R-Word Store.

Q: What other ways can I get involved with Spread the Word to End the Word?
A: 
Our social media channels are a great way to stay involved with the R-word campaign. You can find us onFacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Questions about Language

Q: Are you looking to ban the word completely or do you think it can still be used in certain contexts?
A:
 This effort is intended to draw attention to the fact that a large population of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are hurt and offended by the use of the R-word. Our goal is to educate and to raise awareness that the R-word it isn’t funny, it isn’t a joke, but it is harmful to many people.

Q: So you’re not trying to remove it from the dictionary, or tell academics they can’t use it when it’s used properly?
A:
 We want people to understand that it is hurtful when it is used as a derogatory term, and that’s really how it is used the majority of the time. You don’t have to use the R-word. If there’s a better way to say what you’re trying to say, then do that.

Q: But even if we don’t use the term “retarded,” won’t it just become about a different word? History has shown that if we stop using one word, we just replace it with another.
A:
 The R-word has become a popular punch line for jokes and a frequent slang in pop culture, and it has gone too far. This is about more than just eliminating a word, this is about a revolution of our attitudes toward a population that has been stigmatized throughout history. They deserve respect, and removing the R-word from our everyday speech is one step we can take toward showing them that respect.

Q: In so many instances though, this is not a word that is intended as a derogatory comment, but just as a generic putdown. Why is it bad if it’s not directed toward people with disabilities?
A: This word has been associated with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since its inception. Over 43 U.S. states have passed or introduced legislation to remove “mental retardation” from laws and replace it with more respectful people first language. In 2010, the federal government enacted “Rosa’s Law” which replaces “mental retardation” with people first language. In the medical community “mental retardation” remains in a majority of official publications, but it is widely recognized as an outdated term and most medical professionals choose to use more respectful language. It is clearly time to move on as a society and widely adopt people first language.

Q: The main problem with this is that initiatives and campaigns like this generally end up with official government censorship, and that’s the wrong place to head.
A:
 We are not talking about or even asking the government to consider censorship. What we are trying to do is raise awareness that this word is offensive so that people think before they speak and realize that their words have power. This campaign is encouraging people to have a conversation about the use of this word so they realize who is listening when they use the R-word and who they may be hurting. You have the right to free speech. We have the right to petition you to choose your language more carefully.

Q: What term should be used in place of mental retardation?
A:
 “Intellectual disability” is a widely accepted synonym for “mental retardation.” For many, the term “mental retardation” evokes the word “retard” and brings up painful memories of rejection and ridicule. The important thing to remember when considering language is that we are all people first. If Joe slips and breaks his foot, he is not a broken footed person. He is Joe with a broken foot. The person should ALWAYS come before the condition.

February 28, 2014

Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program to Host March 7th Community Open House

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The Broadreach Family & Community Services Youthlinks Program will be holding its Community Open House on Friday, March 7th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the Youthlinks location on 420 Broadway in Rockland with all parking next door at Oceanside High School.  Light refreshments will be served.  All high school and middle school students, families and community members are invited.  It is an opportunity to learn about all the exciting activities of Youthlinks and view what the students worked on in their previous sessions.  Youthlinks collaborates with RSU 13 to form the Rockland After School Alliance (RASA) to bring a wide range of activities to area students.

 

Last session those in middle school participated in sessions as varied as Animal Care Team, to CSI: Crime Scene Investigations, Photography with iPads and Extreme Food Science.  High school students are also offered an wide array of programs, including those that allow them to provide community service hours, such as Soup Kitchen Saturdays.  Both middle school and high school students participated in toboggan building programs in collaboration with The Apprenticeshop with a number of students entering the U.S. National Toboggan Championships in Camden with the toboggans they had built and prepared for the event.  Youthlinks also provides summer programs for  students including camps and School Garden Army.

 

For more information on Youthlinks please call (207) 594-2221 or visit the following website: http://www.youthlinksonline.org/ or for information about Broadreach Family & Community Services the website is www.broadreachmaine.org .

 

February 26, 2014

High schoolers: Join Youthlinks School Garden Army and Amazing Art

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Youthlinks is excited to partner with Genna Cherichello for our Spring Garden Army (SGA) program offered Monday afternoons, March 3 through April 7 from 3:00-5:00 pm to high school students.  Genna is our local Food Corps volunteer with the Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension serving at RSUs 13 and 40.  SGA offers activities such as seed starting, tool maintenance, creating and decorating garden stepping stones, cooking projects, field trips to the Good Tern Co-op, learning how to help monitor and maintain Oceanside East’s burgeoning fruit tree orchard, and helping to plan the future of the spring/summer garden programs at Youthlinks.

Youthlinks is also offering high school students a fun and creative program called Amazing Art on Wednesdays, March 5 through April 9, from 3-5. Youthlinks has a multitude of art supplies and welcomes students to push their creative limits.  Students can experiment with all materials, and books and drawing guides are on hand for those wanting more structure.  Amazing Art will welcome local artist Mae Towers during one session to share her passion for painting and her use of art to raise awareness for the UnderHound Railroad, a non-profit which helps finds homes for abandoned dogs.

Youthlinks programs are free and located at 420 Broadway in Rockland. For more information and to register, please call 594-2221. Find us online at Youthlinksonline.org.  Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services.  Check us out online to learn more about what Broadreach can do for you.

February 24, 2014

Broadreach PreK/Early Childhood Inclusive Program Enjoy Stockton Springs Community Library Story Time

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The Broadreach PreKindergarten/Early Childhood Inclusive Program struck a vein of pure gold when the Stockton Springs Community Library began offering its preschool participants a monthly story time.  Since December, two classrooms have ventured from the former Stockton Springs Elementary School, now home to preschoolers, to participate in the lively, interactive, and exciting story time activities.  At the conclusion of each story time craft activities are also sent with the children that they can complete back in their classroom and at home with their families.  Each child also leaves with a mini-book of the story and a participation award.   Miss Pat, a retired kindergarten and special education teacher, is joined by an enthusiastic group of fellow volunteers to provide unique, educational and fun theme-related activities.

 

Visiting “Mary’s Room” at the SSCL on February 12th, eighteen children and their two teachers, Ron Provencher and Amber Stanhope and Education Jeff Ryan, E.I. III from Broadreach Family & Community Services were treated to Miss Pat’s Three Little Pigs story time complete with puppets, theme-related activities and snacks.  The theme even extended to a Saturday story time telling of the “wolf’s side of the story”.  Miss Pat showed the children the many books the library had in the children’s room of the The Three Little Pigs and even shared her own hand-crafted book of the title, showing the children that they could create their own story with a picture book.  “Mary’s Room” is named in honor of Mary Staples, a retired local school teacher.  Steps leading to the room read one word at a time vertically on the risers, “Climb the stairs to Mary’s room.”  For participants needing assistance with stairs to the second floor there is a motorized lift chair in the building.

 

The Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) is one of many organizations that Broadreach Family & Community Services collaborates with to bring a broader range of programs and opportunities to those it serves.  Broadreach works collaboratively with RSU 20 to provide Prekindergarten and Early Childhood Inclusive Education Programs and Services to area children.

 

SSCL is unique in that it is operated completely by volunteers including those participating in the story time:  Pat Bradley, Pat Curley, Library Director, Debbie Harris, Board Vice-President, Susan Henkel, Board Secretary, Susie Kraeger, Donna Parks, and Robbie Pendleton, Board Treasurer.  In the summer the number of library volunteers increases to twenty-four as the number of library patrons  multiplies during the summer months.  The all volunteer library was founded in 2001 and is housed in the Colcord House which it shares with the Stockton Springs Historical Society.  One of the rooms, the parlor, which is preserved in its original state with period furniture is normally cordoned off and may only be viewed and not entered but at the annual Library Tea Party, the guests are invited into the parlor for a 19th century tea.

 

For more information about SSCL activities, including the Dr. Seuss celebration on Saturday, March 1st from 9:30 – 11:00 am call 567-4147 or go online at www.stocktonspringslibrary.org.  For more information about the programs of Broadreach Family & Community Services in Waldo and Knox counties, call 338-2200 or go online at www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

February 20, 2014

Youthlinks Program Bowling Team Club Culminates in Behind the Scene Tour

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By Hannah Magnusson

Middle School students from Youthlinks’ would like to give a big thanks to Oakland Park Bowling Lanes in Rockport! Youthlinks is a part of the Rockland After-school Alliance (RASA), which offers a variety of programs throughout the year. The Youthlinks bowling club ran for ten weeks culminating in a behind the scene tour of the bowling lanes.  The tour was lead by Ron Hastings, an employee of the bowling alley. The students were very excited to see the “secret” back room where the mechanical workings can be viewed.  Youthlinks thanks Ron Hastings for his patience  with the students and is grateful for the community support.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983. The early spring sessions for middle school and high school students begin on March 3rd.  For more information concerning the Rockland After-School Alliance, please contact the Youthlinks Program at 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA.  For more information about Broadreach please visit http://broadreachmaine.org/. For information and hours on Oakland Park Bowling Lanes please call 594-7525.

January 27, 2014

Youthlinks Book Club on February 28th – You’re Invited!

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The Youthlinks Book Club is back, this time reading, Musciophillia, a book written by neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, offering insights and arguments about the power of music in our lives.  On February 28th at 6:30 pm, readers will gather at the Youthlink’s building on 420 Broadway in Rockland, to discuss how the book changed, challenged and built our own perspectives.   Community members, Youthlinks volunteers, parents and members from the Broadreach team will be in attendance.  Bring some food to munch on and come hang out!

Check out this NPR article and interview with Oliver Sacks about the book.  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15472815

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services.  For more information about Youthlinks call 594-2221 or go to www.broadreachmaine.org, or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/youthlinks.

 

Broadreach’s Youthlinks Fitness Club Visits The Dancing Elephant for Yoga

1536504_709888412388972_1554821954_n (3) Yoga YLThe Broadreach Youthlinks Fitness Club joined yoga instructor Rachel Nixon at her brand new studio, The Dancing Elephant, at 16 School Street in downtown Rockland last week. They participated in many fun and enlightening activities including making themselves into trees, the sun, birds, and the earth.  The Youthlinks Fitness Club is offered to area middle school students each quarter.  The club offers participants an opportunity to explore various kinds of physical activity designed to improve health while having fun and learning about the importance of physical activity.  Youthlinks works with a number of local organizations, including schools, businesses, and volunteers to bring quality programming to area young people.

 

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, serving middle and high school students with a variety of after school and summer sessions.  For more information on Youthlinks please call (207) 594-2221 or visit http://www.youthlinksonline.org/ or for information about Broadreach Family & Community Services the website is www.broadreachmaine.org .

Photo courtesy of The Dancing Elephant

 

 

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Youthlinks at Coastal Children’s Museum

Looking for a fun way to celebrate the Chinese New Year?   Let’s get creative by making thumb print dragon fans! High school students from Youthlinks’ Community Action Team will be leading this craft at the Coastal Children’s Museum from 3pm-4pm on Friday, January 31st.  This event is offered free of charge.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983. For more information on Youthlinks please call (207)-594-2221 or visit http://www.youthlinksonline.org/ or for information about Broadreach Family & Community Services the website is www.broadreachmaine.org .   For more information on the Coastal Children’s Museum please call (207) 596-0300. The museum is located at 75 Mechanic Drive in Rockland.

 

January 13, 2014

Broadreach Youthlinks Program Kicking-off Food Drive in Rockland

The Youthlinks Community Action Team will be running a week long food drive in support of  Reverend Martin Luther King Day.  Please bring non-perishable food items to the Rockland High Schools and Middle School starting Tuesday, January 14th through Friday, January 17th. The food will be donated and used for the soup kitchen at St. Peters Episcopal Church in Rockland.  Youthlinks, which operates afterschool and summer programming for middle and high school students offers a session four times a year that provides high school students with an opportunity to serve the community by preparing and serving meals at the St. Peters Episcopal Church soup kitchen.

 

The purpose of the Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, is to empower young people to commit to themselves and their community, broaden their horizons, and acquire healthy life skills through focused enrichment programs and meaningful volunteer opportunities.  The program fosters critical thinking skills (the ability to use logic and reasoning in solving problems that is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and supports self-corrective thinking), empathy and introspection.  Youthlinks uses a wide array of programs (including animal care; interacting with senior citizens; cooking; hiking; running small businesses; and having youth identify a community need and address it).  Youthlinks collaborates with the local school system and a number of local partner organizations, businesses, and volunteers.  For more information about Youthlinks call 594-2221 or check out the website at wwww.broadreachmaine.org.

Broadreach Hires New Program Director for Youthlinks

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Broadreach Family & Community Services Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay has announced the hiring of Kristofer Koerber as the new director of the Youthlinks Program.  Kris began his new position on January 2nd.

 

“We are pleased to continue the fine tradition of Youthlinks offering quality after school and summer programs for area middle and high school students with Kris now leading the program.  He brings a great deal of experience working with young people in his previous roles as a coach.  Kris is also familiar with the region.  He lives in Owls Head where he is a volunteer firefighter and has worked as Sternman with Dave Cousens on board the F/V Three Sons out of South Thomaston.  Kris brings a great deal of enthusiasm, energy, and desire to continually improve the program to this position”, stated Kate Quinn Finlay.

 

Kris, a Maine native, grew up in Brunswick before leaving the state to attend Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.  After graduation he pursued a career in athletics, securing his first coaching opportunity at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, as an assistant for the men’s lacrosse team.  Following three years at Colby, Kris continued his coaching career at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York where he earned his Masters in Educational Administration.

 

“I first want to give thanks to Kate Quinn Finlay for presenting me and my family with this opportunity.  I am excited to be working at an organization where empowering people with skills for success are the standard.  I believe strongly in the mission of Broadreach and Kate’s dedication to Youthlinks.  I am honored to be the new leader at Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program and I am delighted to be working alongside such a passionate and outstanding staff”, shared Kris Koerber recently.

 

The purpose of the Youthlinks Program is to empower young people to commit to themselves and their community, broaden their horizons, and acquire healthy life skills through focused enrichment programs and meaningful volunteer opportunities.  The program fosters critical thinking skills (the ability to use logic and reasoning in solving problems that is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and supports self-corrective thinking), empathy and introspection.  Youthlinks uses a wide array of programs (including animal care; interacting with senior citizens; cooking; hiking; running small businesses; and having youth identify a community need and address it).  Youthlinks collaborates with the local school system and a number of local partner organizations, businesses, and volunteers.  For more information about Youthlinks call 594-2221 or check out the website at wwww.broadreachmaine.org.

 

November 19, 2013

Deb Donnelly Joins Youthlinks

Deb Donnelly photoRockland – Broadreach Family and Community Services’ Youthlinks Program welcomes new Program Assistant Deb Donnelly.  Ms. Donnelly is familiar with the work of Youthlinks.  Her son participated in several of the programs including afterschool options such as Animation Class and Dodgeball, and Summer Photography Camp and an Outdoor Activity Camp.  She also was involved in Youthlinks’ Farm Camp at Headacre Farm in Owls Head this past summer.

“I feel strongly about the importance of Youthlinks programs.  Youthlinks provides a lot of opportunities at an age when that support is so necessary.  Youthlinks provides a sense of belonging.  It’s good to know that the people at Youthlinks always have your back,” Ms. Donnelly shared when speaking of a young person’s experience with Youthlinks, as well as the experience of being a parent of a teen participating in Youthlinks.

Ms. Donnelly combines her role as parent and Youthlinks Program Assistant with part-time work at a local bookstore.  Throughout her career she has worked for a number of non-profit organizations including a Ronald McDonald House in an urban area of the country where she learned a great deal from the parents of sick children.

“I worked there when my husband and I were starting our family.  It truly changed the way we thought about family life and what we thought of as important.  There are parents and children from all walks of life and all income levels but they all had something in common – they would do anything to help their child.  It helped us decide that we wanted a different kind of lifestyle for our family.  We made the decision to move to Maine, where his parents were living.”

“My son really enjoyed his time at Youthlinks.  Now I look forward to my role here, making sure I help things run smoothly at Youthlinks.”

For more information, contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org.  Youthlinks, offering after school programs and summer camps, is a service of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983.

 

October 30, 2013

Click for Babies Campaign

Sometimes it seems young babies will cry inconsolably no matter what a parent tries to soothe them.  Parents try feeding, changing, holding, and checking for any signs of illness but nothing seems to help.  There is a term for this period of an infant’s life, the “Period of PURPLE Crying”.  PURPLE is an acronym for P- peak of crying, U – unexpected, R – resists soothing, P – pain-like face (a crying baby may look like they are in pain even if they are not), L-long-lasting, and E – evening.  Babies may cry more in the late afternoon or evening.  Infants can reach a peak with their crying, often at two months, and then crying begins to taper off as they increase in age.

Recognizing that this can be a confusing and stressful time for parents, the National Center for Shaken Baby Syndrome developed a “Click for Babies” program to help educate parents about the “Period of PURPLE Crying”.  Each state and province works with local organizations, including hospitals, to disseminate information to new parents along with little purple infant hats hand-knit by volunteers, either individually or as members of knitting clubs.

Broadreach Family & Community Services, along with many generous local knitters will be delivering the purple hats to parents of newborns at Waldo County General Hospital and Penobscot Bay Medical Center during the months of November and December.  Each one comes with a special tag with a message for the new baby, such as “From a Knitting Grammie” or the name of the knitting circle.

Patrick Walsh, Director of Prevention Services at Broadreach shares, “In the past we often attributed those infants who cried a great deal in their early months as colicky babies.  While every child and parent’s experience is unique, research shows us that this spike in crying in infancy is normal and it reduces over time.  We want to get the word out to parents that this is a temporary situation and to understand that this phase is a typical part of infancy and will pass.  While not all babies will experience this period, many will.  We so appreciate the caring knitters that help us convey this important message to parents of newborns.”

Maine, through the Maine Children’s Trust and the Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Councils has been sponsoring the “CLICK (the sound of the knitting needles) for Babies” campaign since 2011.  In the first year the program collected five times their goal of purple knitted hats.  Maine is one of several states and Canadian provinces that participate in the program.

For more information about the “Click for Babies” Campaign, please contact Patrick Walsh at Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 extension 109 or at pwalsh@brmaine.org.

October 29, 2013

Youthlinks’ School Garden Army helps extend the growing season

Filed under: Teens,Youthlinks — Tags: , , , , , — Sue @ 8:56 am

Members of Youthlinks’ fall School Garden Army program put together a cold frame designed to help extend the life of winter vegetables growing in the Youthlinks garden. The garden hosts a summer School Garden Army and is used extensively by RSU 13, Youthlinks programs, and community gardeners. The cold frame was generously donated by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Knox & Lincoln Counties. Pictured from left are AmeriCorps Vista alum Seth Walton, Oceanside West students Kat Cova and Rain Zimmer, Oceanside East student Ashley Ellis, and AmeriCorps Great Strides volunteer and Youthlinks program manager Sarah Woodman.  For more information, contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org.  Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983.

 

cold frame photo

Broadreach’s Youthlinks Offers Late Fall Sessions for Students

Filed under: Broadreach Events,Teens,Youthlinks — Tags: , , , , , — Sue @ 8:47 am

Seven exciting Youthlinks sessions are being offered beginning on November 12th for grades 8 – 12 in the Rockland region.  Toboggan Building, Holiday Cooking Club, The Art of Gift Giving (and making), Caroling, Funny Bones, Music Fanatics Club, and Soup Kitchen Saturdays will begin soon.  Students may register by returning the completed registration form to the Oceanside High School Office, registering online at www.youthlinksonline.org/ohs, or phoning 594-2221.  All classes are free of charge.

 

Toboggan Building will take place twice a week after school in collaboration with the Apprenticeshop.  Students will learn to build a sled that they can race in the 2014 National Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl.

 

Holiday Cooking Club, offered on Tuesdays, includes well-loved holiday recipes such as gingerbread, potato latkes, and a traditional southern new year’s meal.  Students will also be learning the stories behind these holiday dishes, and of course, enjoying what they cook.

 

The Art of Giving is a fun and creative session designed to make gifts for friends and family, including a special pet.  Jewelry, pet toys or dog biscuits, ornaments, or IPad cases are just some of the many ideas for holiday gift-making.

 

Caroling provides those who love to sing or play an instrument to join in and spread holiday cheer.  All singing and playing abilities are welcome.

 

Funny Bones is for those interested in comedy or acting who wish to hone their skills through hilarious improvisation games.  Offered on Friday, it is a great way to start the weekend energized and laughing.

 

Music Fanatics Club explores ways to get involved in the music world including visits to local community radio station WRFR.  This session is ALL about students’ love of music.

 

Soup Kitchen Saturdays is offered the second Saturday of each month with a choice of December 14th or January 11th. Students join other volunteers making a meal at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland  as a way to help others and offer a meaningful way to earn community service hours.

 

For Oceanside High School-West student going to a Youthlinks program, most of the 2:30 PM school buses go to the Oceanside High School- East campus for their first stop.  Youthlinks is located right next to the Oceanside High School-East campus.  There is no bus home and transportation would need to be arranged by the student or their parent(s).  Program space is limited with confirmations emailed to parents and students.  Waiting lists are established when demand for a session exceeds capacity.

 

Students and their parents with questions or feedback may contact the Youthlinks office at 594-2221, by email at  ylinfo@brmaine.org, or on Facebook at Youthlinks.Staff.  Youthlinks, serving youth for over thirty-one years, is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit community organization .

 

 

October 24, 2013

Broadreach’s Youthlinks Offers Late Fall Sessions for Students

Filed under: Teens — charlie @ 10:08 am

Seven exciting Youthlinks sessions are being offered beginning on November 12th for grades 8 – 12 in the Rockland region.  Toboggan Building, Holiday Cooking Club, The Art of Gift Giving (and making), Caroling, Funny Bones, Music Fanatics Club, and Soup Kitchen Saturdays will begin soon.  Students may register by returning the completed registration form to the Oceanside High School Office, registering online at www.youthlinksonline.org/ohs, or phoning 594-2221.  All classes are free of charge.

Toboggan Building will take place twice a week after school in collaboration with the Apprenticeshop.  Students will learn to build a sled that they can race in the 2014 National Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl.

Holiday Cooking Club, offered on Tuesdays, includes well-loved holiday recipes such as gingerbread, potato latkes, and a traditional southern new year’s meal.  Students will also be learning the stories behind these holiday dishes, and of course, enjoying what they cook.

The Art of Giving is a fun and creative session designed to make gifts for friends and family, including a special pet.  Jewelry, pet toys or dog biscuits, ornaments, or IPad cases are just some of the many ideas for holiday gift-making.

Caroling provides those who love to sing or play an instrument to join in and spread holiday cheer.  All singing and playing abilities are welcome.

Funny Bones is for those interested in comedy or acting who wish to hone their skills through hilarious improvisation games.  Offered on Friday, it is a great way to start the weekend energized and laughing.

Music Fanatics Club explores ways to get involved in the music world including visits to local community radio station WRFR.  This session is ALL about students’ love of music.

Soup Kitchen Saturdays is offered the second Saturday of each month with a choice of December 14th or January 11th. Students join other volunteers making a meal at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland  as a way to help others and offer a meaningful way to earn community service hours.

For Oceanside High School-West students going to a Youthlinks program, most of the 2:30 PM school buses go to the Oceanside High School- East campus for their first stop.  Youthlinks is located right next to the Oceanside High School-East campus.  There is no bus home and transportation would need to be arranged by the student or their parent(s).  Program space is limited with confirmations emailed to parents and students.  Waiting lists are established when demand for a session exceeds capacity.

Students and their parents with questions or feedback may contact the Youthlinks office at 594-2221, by email at  ylinfo@brmaine.org, or on Facebook at Youthlinks.Staff.  Youthlinks, serving youth for over thirty-one years, is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit community organization .

 

 

Maine Children’s Trust Awards Funds to Broadreach Family & Community Services

Filed under: Child Services,Prevention Services — charlie @ 9:57 am

Kate Quinn Finlay, Executive Director of Broadreach Family & Community Services has announced that a grant in the amount of $9,860 has been awarded to the organization by the Maine Children’s Trust.  The funds will be dedicated for a parent education program entitled “Raising a Thinking Child”.  Project activities including staff training and coordination with schools and other service providers will begin in January.  Classes for parents will begin in April and will be delivered at several sites throughout Waldo County.

Ms. Quinn-Finlay shared, “We are grateful for this grant which will allow us to serve families through the highly regarded “Raising a Thinking Child” Program.  This parent education model has been recognized as an exemplary program by the Strengthening America’s Families Project and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.”

This free program provides six two-hour parent sessions geared for parents of children enrolled in Broadreach programs or referred by other organizations.  Instructors will be early childhood educational professionals.  “Raising a Thinking Child” is an evidence-based, research supported program.  It was previously offered from 2005 to 2009 by Broadreach in collaboration with Waldo County Head Start but had been discontinued due to insufficient funding.

Patrick Walsh, Director of Prevention Services and the Child Abuse and Neglect Council Director for Waldo and Knox counties, noted, ‘Raising a Thinking Child’ program developer and professor emeritus of Drexel University Dr. Myrna B. Shure has agreed to work with Broadreach to support the delivery and evaluation of the program.  She has agreed to provide her expertise at no charge to Broadreach or for the program.  This is a tremendous honor and we feel very fortunate that we can pass this direct knowledge on to the parents and families in our region.”

“Raising a Thinking Child” is designed to build on both family and community strengths.  The program emphasizes strong parent-child bonding and positive communication and discipline.  The overall goal is to positively impact the healthy development of children and help prevent anti-social behaviors.

The program helps parents teach their children problem-solving language and helps guide them in thinking and talking for themselves, to recognize and be sensitive to their own and others’ feelings, and to develop alternative solutions to everyday problems.  “Raising a Thinking Child” helps build confidence in parenting skills and parents’ own abilities to solve day-to-day family problems.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit organization serving Waldo and Knox Counties with family strengthening services, case management for people of all ages, middle and high school programs in Knox County, and early childhood education programs throughout both counties.  Broadreach works collaboratively with a number of community organizations and schools to deliver quality programs in the region.  For more information about “Raising a Thinking Child” contact Patrick Walsh at 338-2200 extension 109 or pwalsh@brmaine.org.

 

September 17, 2013

Dedication of a CedarWorks Mountain playset

Filed under: Preschool — charlie @ 4:02 pm

The dedication of a CedarWorks Mountain playset took place on Tuesday at Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Mid-Coast Children’s Services location in Rockland.  CedarWorks owner Barrett Brown donated the structure to the non-profit organization which serves pre-school children with early childhood programs and services.

cedarworks

From left to right:  Helen Kosmo, CCC-Sp, Board Member of Broadreach Family & Community Services, Mary Bailey, Director of Early Childhood Education Operations, Broadreach, Kate Quinn Finlay, Executive Director, Broadreach, Barrett Brown, Owner/President, CedarWorks, Teri Kenniston, Customer Service Manager, CedarWorks, and Allison Heidorn, Marketing Coordinator, CedarWorks

Kate Quinn Finlay shared the deep appreciation felt at the Broadreach organization for the generous gift and what it will mean for the many young children who will have an opportunity to have access such a fine quality playset.  Noting the star shapes cut into the wood of the structure for children to “peek out” on various levels of the large playset, Kate Quinn Finlay shared an excerpt from Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata, “You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.  And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”

Children will arrive for their first day of preschool on September 12th when they will be able to test out the new playset for themselves.  It is one of the largest outdoor models that CedarWorks makes and retails for over $14,000.  CedarWorks has been crafting child, parent, and earth-friendly playsets for over three decades.  Their company location in Rockport produces highly customizable indoor and outdoor children’s playsets and playset/furnishings with a unique modular system. Those purchasing CedarWorks products can work with the company’s design experts to create a set unique to their own needs. CedarWorks also creates classic outdoor furniture for children and adults such as picnic tables, chairs, benches, rockers, and tables.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, non-profit organization that provides a wide range of programs for people of all ages in Waldo and Knox Counties.  The agency is supported by private contributions and foundation funding, client fees, contributions from United Mid-Coast Charities, United Way of Eastern Maine, appropriations from local municipalities and government contracts and funding.  In addition to preschool and collaborative Pre-Kindergarten programs, Broadreach offers Youthlinks after school and summer programming for middle and high school students in Knox County, case management services for children through adults in throughout the service region, and programs that help create strong and resilient families in the mid-coast area.

August 26, 2013

Youthlinks & Rockland Community Sailing Camp

Youthlinks & Rockland Community Sailing Camp

Sailing is a fantastic way to have fun on the water! This summer Youthlinks students in grades five through twelve are learning all the skills needed to sail a boat at Rockland Community Sailing’s youth sailing camp. A program of the Apprenticeshop, the Rockland Community Sailing (RCS) and Youthlinks six year partnership began in 2008 as a fall and spring afterschool program and soon evolved into two weeks of full day sailing camp. Fully funded by the Catawamteak Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, Youthlinks’ and Rockland Community Sailing’s collaboration is free of charge for 24 students.

Rockland Community Sailing camp is taught by five full time instructors: two head instructors: Robin and Devon, and three sailing instructors, Will, Aidan, and Cleo. All have sailed with RCS for years and worked their way up to become instructors. Lifejackets are provided.

Each day follows a similar pattern: morning lessons are spent introducing sailing skills to be practiced in the afternoons, whether that is tacking and jibing, identifying wind patterns and direction, points of sail, or self-rescue. Afternoons are spent in a hands-on manner, testing the skills students just learned in theory; students are taught by doing in sailing school. Swim tests and life jacket use are a standard part of the experience.

Students are first taught the basics of sailing: how to rig and de-rig a sailboat. Younger students and those with little experience sail one person Optimist prams, 8 feet long and rigge

d with a single sprit rigged sail. Older and more experienced students are paired up to sail larger 420 sloops which have both a mainsail and a jib and are sailed by two students. On the first day of camp new students take turns being towed by a motorboat to learn the feel of being on a boat, and how to use a rudder to steer without the pressure of manipulating a sail. By the third day, students are able to tack and jibe, and practice self-rescue, meaning students intentionally capsize a boat and right it again in a rather swift motion (with life-vests o
Throughout the week instructors teach lessons from small motorboats following sailors on the water to make sure that everyone is safe, yet allowing students the independence to learn on their own. Instructors also put buoys in the water to test student skills as they maneuver through courses set up as figure eights, ovals, and triangles. Thursday brought a fun day of capture the flag by sail, with Optis and 420s distributed throughout each team. Midweek the entire group divided into 420 crews and sailed to the lighthouse, with experienced students and instructors skippering boats.n and instructors at hand.)

Sailing Camp

Youthlinks program manager Sarah Woodman, who accompanied Youthlinks instructors Josie Gates and Kamryn Sanchez for the June week of sailing, expressed what a great experience it was to share the week with Rockland Community Sailing. “I was incredibly impressed with the skill and natural ease of all instructors. We had some students who were a little nervous to be out on their own, particularly the first day of sailing and the day we practiced self-rescue drills, and I was so happy with the balance instructors reached between encouraging the students to conquer their fears while also being there for them every step of the way. Students learned unbelievably fast and it was wonderful to see their confidence and skill grow, and to see how willing students were to help each other along the way.”

The week had been planned to wrap up with a sailing exhibition for parents to observe, but weather refused to cooperate. Instead, students participated in a sailing Jeopardy led by instructors, displaying their newfound knowledge. Instructors handed out personalized awards for all students recognizing their work and progress over the week, and parents, instructors, and students all gathered for a potluck celebration. Rockland Community Sailing offers lessons all summer long for students who wish to learn to sail.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983. For more information or to register, please contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org.

Youthlinks Farm Camp at Headacre Farm

“Who likes vegetables here?” Chef Kerry Altiero of Café Miranda asks a group of campers from Youthlinks. “No one? Well let me tell you something, vegetables just need a little dressing up!” For the first four weeks of July campers entering grades six through eight were invited to Headacre Farm in Owls Head to learn about farming and cooking with Anne Perkins, Deb Donnelly and Kerry Altiero. At Headacre Farm, Anne, Deb and Kerry set out to prove to groups of middle school age campers that the world of organic, local farming is an exciting one with numerous health and environmental benefits.

Anne Perkins of Headacre Farm teaches campers how to transplant seedlings.

Anne Perkins of Headacre Farm teaches campers how to transplant seedlings.

Headacre Farm is a saltwater farm offering vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, and seasonal decorations. Headacre is committed to returning its 17 saltwater acres to sustainable, diversified, and organically certified farming and becoming a vibrant, productive, and responsible member of our local communities. Headacre Farm is operated in partnership with Café Miranda and provides the Rockland restaurant with fresh, organic produce throughout the growing season.

As part of their commitment to community, Anne and Deb approached Youthlinks over the winter about collaborating to create Farm Camp. Each week a group of twelve students would spend their mornings at Headacre farm learning about plant families and organic pest management from Farmer Anne and helping to plant vegetables and weed and water garden beds. With Deb Donnelly campers also made their own barometers to measure atmospheric pressure, planted basil seeds and nasturtium flowers, and made terrariums with recycled bottles and materials found on the farm. Youthlinks’ AmeriCorps members Josie Gates, Sarah Woodman and Kameryn Sanchez worked with campers to plant, maintain and harvest their own garden beds. They were able to monitor the progress of their own vegetables and make decisions about weeding and watering.

On Wednesdays, campers harvested vegetables from the farm and their garden plots to cook a veggie focused lunch with Chef Kerry. While the campers washed produce and chopped greens, Chef Kerry discussed the merits of eating green and eating local. He gave an example about the difference in taste between a tomato shipped from across the country and one grown in a local garden and he also described the global effects that a small, locally grown tomato can have. Because a tomato grown in a farm only a few miles away doesn’t need to be shipped very far at all, it has a smaller carbon footprint than a tomato from across the country.

In the afternoons campers left the farm but continued the outdoor theme and explored local areas such as Mt. Battie in Camden, Lucia Beach at Birch Point State Park, and Lakes Chickawaukee and Megunticook.

On the last day of camp, campers and their families were invited to a family field day at Headacre farm for games and a potluck style dinner. Families competed in tug-of-war and were given a tour of the farm by campers eager to show off the vegetables they took care of. Anne, Deb and Kerry Altiero all joined in the fun and were available to answer questions parents had about camp or organic and local farming practices. “We had an amazing summer,” said Youthlinks’ Program Director Amie Hutchison. “I am so grateful to Headacre Farm and Café Miranda to providing this opportunity to local students.”

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983. For more information or to register, please contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org.

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