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February 23, 2012

Youthlinks Seeks Sponsors for Third Annual I Pity the Fool Fundraising Dance

Filed under: Broadreach Events,Uncategorized — Vicky @ 2:39 pm
The Nikki Hunt Band is back by popular demand for the 3rd Annual I Pity the Fool '80s Dance on March 31st

Photo courtesy of Jesse Stuart 2011

Youthlinks third annual I Pity The Fool fundraising dance is gearing up to be the most awesome yet. Café Miranda is once again co-sponsoring the ‘80s themed event that will support the free after-school programs of Youthlinks. Live music will be provided by the Nikki Hunt Band, back by popular demand from last year’s event. This year’s dance is on Saturday March 31 at an exciting new location, the beautiful downtown gallery Yvette Torres Fine Art.

Event and prize sponsors are being sought. Last year over a dozen great prizes were awarded in categories such as best outfit and best hair. Businesses wishing to participate can contact Joelle Albury at Youthlinks 207-594-2221 or email jalbury@brmaine.org.

Tickets for the event will go on sale in March. For more information find us on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/groups/ipitythefool/.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland that provides youth with community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities. 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. For more information, visit www.youthlinksonline.org, or call 207-594-2221.

February 17, 2012

Active Parenting Now classes in Rockland beginning March 8th

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 3:09 pm

Most parents want their children to be respectful; to follow family rules; to help out at home; to learn from their mistakes; and to succeed at school. The Active Parenting Now program offered by Broadreach Family & Community Services supports parents of children aged 5 to 12 to help their children meet those goals. Active Parenting Now classes will begin in Rockland on Thursday March 8th at the Rockland District Middle School. Classes will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm. This program offers 6 two-hour sessions and has been shown to improve parents’ confidence and ability. This program is part of a scheduled series of classes offered by Broadreach in Waldo and Knox Counties.

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 child care will be provided during class. Because of grant funds awarded by the Maine Children’s Trust, there will be no cost for parents who want to participate.

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 2,000 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 contact by e-mail pwalsh@brmaine.org.

February 14, 2012

Active Parenting Now

Filed under: Prevention Services — Sue Dirosario @ 9:21 am

Most parents want their children to be respectful; to follow family rules; to help out at home; to learn from their mistakes; and to succeed at school. The Active Parenting Now program offered by Broadreach Family & Community Services supports parents of children aged 5 to 12 to help their children meet those goals. Active Parenting Now classes will begin in Belfast on Tuesday February 28th at the Captain Albert Stevens School. Classes will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm. This program offers 6 two-hour sessions and has been shown to improve parents’ confidence and ability. This is program is part of a scheduled series of classes offered by Broadreach in Waldo and Knox Counties.

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 child care will be provided during class. Because of grant funds awarded by the Maine Children’s Trust, there will be no cost for parents who want to participate.

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 2,000 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.

February 8, 2012

Blubber Burger Anyone?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 2:59 pm

Article written by Youthlinks Program Manager Scott Browning

Chef Nancy Wood from Amalfi on the Water teaches RASA students how to make baked sweet potato fries during the Cooking Matters program.

Local middle school students make “blubber burgers” in an after-school program. This “burger” represents the total grams of fat in a chain restaurant meal of mozzarella sticks, ribs, and a shake.

Rockland After-School Alliance (RASA) participants are cooking up delicious dishes each week all while having fun learning about healthy food choices in the Cooking Matters program.

Another session of Cooking Matters will be offered in RASA’s spring session which begins March 6th. Middle School Students can sign up for this and other RASA programs by visiting www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA.

Program participants recently put their math skills to work with University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Nutrition Associate Beth Chamberlain. The project was to select their favorite fast food restaurant meals and add up the total grams of fat. Students converted grams into teaspoons and measured it out in shortening to make a sandwich. Of course the sandwiches weren’t eaten, but they provided plenty to make the pre-teens think twice about their choices when ordering from the drive through. Each week students learn how to make healthy meals at home. In this class, the menu included Baked Sweet Potato Fries and Baked Flaked Chicken.

Each week, the participants work with Chef/Restaurant Owner Nancy Wood, from Amalfi on the Water, to create delicious healthy meals. The participants then go home with all the ingredients to cook for their families. Cooking Matters is a program of Share Our Strength and teaches skills such as knife and food safety along with nutrition education such as understanding the USDA’s “MyPlate” and how to read nutrition labels. The program is sponsored on a national level by ConAgra Foods and Walmart. The Good Shepherd Food Bank and Hannaford sponsor the program in Maine and have helped bring the program to RASA. Beth Chamberlain and Nancy Wood volunteer their time each week to plan and teach the program alongside Youthlinks Program Manager, Scott Browning.

RASA is a program of Youthlinks offered in collaboration with RSU 13 supported by a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant from the Maine Department of Education. 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 concerning the Rockland After-School Alliance, please Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA.

February 3, 2012

PLEASE take a moment to support BROADREACH

Filed under: Related News — Sue Dirosario @ 2:35 pm

Dear Loyal and Devoted Friends of Broadreach:

Attached you will find a link to the Community Matters web page.  Now, I know you are busy and are tired of getting junk email.  This is not JUNK email.  This is a chance for you to show your support for Broadreach with just a click of the button.

Bangor Savings Bank Foundation will be giving away a total of $100,000 to 68 local non-profit organizations.   At the bottom of this page you will see a place to click to get a ballot.  Broadreach is not listed on the ballot this year( we are working to get added to the list next year)but, you can write-in Broadreach.  On the ballot in the Mid-Coast list, add Broadreach on the other line and check the box.  The top twenty write-in winners will each get a $1000.00!

PLEASE take a moment to support BROADREACH …our staff, volunteers and Board Members work hard every day to support so many children, youth, adults and families in our communities…

This is how YOU can help….PASS THE WORD TO FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS AND EVERYONE TO VOTE FOR BROADREACH!

Thanks for voting TODAY!

Vote Here!

RASA Participants Build It

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — Vicky @ 9:37 am

RASA program participants Sam Ward, Sumir Mahonen, and Prem Ruklittikul try their hand at designing free-standing towers as part of the “Build It” after-school program. “Build It” gives students a chance to be engineers as they create buildings, bridges, boats and more. Visit www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA to learn more about the upcoming spring session of RASA programming, including February Break Week Camp, which will include a whole new set of building projects!