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January 23, 2011

Vote for Broadreach

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 8:59 pm

Broadreach has been nominated to participate in the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s Annual grant-making initiative, Community Matters More. Our organization was one of forty eight nonprofits nominated to appear on this year’s ballot. To voter for us  or for more information please visit http://broadreachmaine.org/community.htm

January 13, 2011

Youthlinks Offers Free Program for Parents of Teens

Filed under: Teens — Sue Dirosario @ 11:11 am

Staying Connected with Your Teen is a self-study program designed to give parents the skills they need to help their teen successfully make the transition into adulthood. This program enables parents of teens ages 12-17 to increase the chances their children will grow up healthy and avoid substance abuse, delinquency, and violence. Parents will learn and practice skills for improving communication and building stronger bonds with their teen, thereby helping teens avoid the risks they face. This is a program that families complete at home over a period of 8 to 10 weeks. Participating families will be required to come to an initial meeting with a family consultant from Youthlinks, where they will receive an instructional guide, worksheets, and a dvd. Parents should plan on devoting about 60 minutes a week to the activities in the guide. In addition, a family consultant will make a weekly call to participating families to check-in and answer any questions parents might have about the material.

Any family with a child between the ages of 12-17 is eligible to participate in the Staying Connected with Your Teen program. Orientation meetings will be held monthly in Belfast and Rockland. This program is FREE, and families who complete the requirements of the program will receive a complimentary graduation gift valued at $25. Parents can choose between a gift certificate to a local restaurant, movie tickets, or an evening of bowling.

Orientation meetings will be held on the last Thursday of each month from 6-6:30pm, starting January 27th. Meetings in Belfast will take place at Broadreach’s main office building at 5 Stephenson Lane, while Rockland meetings will be held at Youthlinks at 420 Broadway. For more information or to sign up call 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland that provides community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to all youth ages 11-17 from anywhere in mid-coast Maine. These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. Youthlinks is funded primarily by state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations. All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. The Staying Connected with Your Teen program is made possible through a Maine Children’s Trust Parent Education Grant.

January 11, 2011

Active Parenting Now Series Continues At Searsport Location

Filed under: Prevention Services — Tags: , , , — Vicky @ 8:29 am

Broadreach Family & Community Services has announced that a new series of Active Parenting Now classes will begin in Searsport at the Searsport Elementary School on Monday February 7th. Classes will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm. This new curriculum offers 6 two-hour sessions and has been shown to improve parents’ confidence and ability.

Active Parenting Now is a video-based education program targeted to parents of 5 to 12-year-olds who want to improve their parenting skills. Class material promotes mutual respect among family members within a democratically run family. The program teaches parents how to raise a child by using encouragement, building the child’s self-esteem, and creating a relationship with the child based upon active listening, honest communication, and problem solving. It also teaches parents to use natural and logical consequences to reduce irresponsible and unacceptable behaviors.

These parent classes will be open to all parents and childcare will be provided during class if needed. Because of grant funds awarded by the Maine Children’s Trust, there will be no cost for parents who want to participate. Pre-registration is required and enrollment will be limited.

Broadreach provides a variety of services to young parents and their children in Waldo and Knox Counties. Broadreach services have been making a critical difference in the lives of area children and families since 1983. Each year over 2000 families with children benefit from the agency’s quality education and support programs. Broadreach has over a quarter of century expertise in delivering parenting education, family support, early childhood education and family literacy programming. Other provided parent education options include Kids First, Guiding Good Choices, and the Nurturing Fathers Program.

If you would like to learn how to register for Active Parenting Now, or learn more about our parent education offerings, please call Patrick Walsh at 207-338-2200 ext 109 or e-mail pwalsh@brmaine.org.

January 6, 2011

Nonprofit Day Shines Light on Essential Maine Organizations

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Vicky @ 2:10 pm

Broadreach Family & Community Services joins the Maine Association of Nonprofits at the Maine Nonprofit Day at the State House – A day for nonprofits and government to assert their commitment to working together in order to creatively, efficiently and effectively serve the people of Maine.

Our new Governor and Legislature face many challenges this year. Maine’s safety net programs need to be re-evaluated and Maine’s nonprofit staff and volunteers are ready, willing and able to help make the complex decisions necessary to keep working families in Maine from falling through the cracks. Quality of life in Maine needs to be preserved and Maine’s nonprofits work every day in our local communities enriching our lives through the promotion of the arts and our culture, the preservation of our environment, the advancement of science and technology, and much more.

Together, we can make important and thoughtful decisions about the future of Maine. The 2011 Nonprofit Day at the State House shines a light on Maine’s essential nonprofit sector and its commitment to work with state government to restructure our systems in a thoughtful way.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is pleased to have been selected to participate in the annual event sponsored and hosted by the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) along with the following organizations:
• Augusta Food Bank, Augusta
• Broadreach Family & Community Services, Belfast
• Camp CaPella, Holden
• Hospice of Southern Maine, Scarborough
• Maine Center on Deafness, Portland
• Maine Sea Coast Mission, Bar Harbor
• MAPS Worldwide, South Portland
• Safe Voices, Auburn
• Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport
• Station Maine, Rockland
• Sunrise County Economic Council, Machias
• Women Unlimited, Augusta
Nonprofit Day takes place on January 27, 8:30am – 1pm, in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta. To register, visit www.nonprofitmaine.org and click on 2011 Nonprofit Day under What’s New.

For more information on this event, please call the Maine Association of Nonprofits at 871-1885. For more information on Broadreach Family & Community Services please call Patrick Walsh at 338-2200 ext 109 or visit our website at www.brmaine.org.
Broadreach helps children and families to develop the skills they need to lead healthy and productive lives. We share our knowledge and experience with child- and family- serving organizations across the state and nation.