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May 29, 2012

Hi everyone please take time to get BALLOTS and to VOTE!!!!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sue Dirosario @ 3:41 pm

Hi everyone please take time to get BALLOTS and to VOTE!!!!!! :  

it’s that time of year again when the “BEST of the BEST of Waldo County” ballots are out…..We would like to renew our current titles of:

Best PreSchool

Best Day Care!!!

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We need your help in getting the word out to families, colleagues and friends! Ballots can be found in the Republican Journal.

As you know it does take a bit of time but it’s well worth it!!!!!!!!!!!

Our deadline is June 22 th to return and ballots can be delivered to the front desk here in the main office…

Please let families and friends know why taking a few minutes to complete this ballot is so important!

NOW is time to reinforce Broadreach is the BEST of the BEST!!!!!

Please let me know if you have any questions! And please spread the word!

Thanks in advance!!! Kate Quinn Finlay

 

May 21, 2012

Youthlinks in Transition

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 2:21 pm

For over thirty years, Youthlinks has provided a wide range of programming that empower local youth to commit to themselves and their community.  Through focused enrichment activities and meaningful volunteer work, youth gain knowledge and skills which serve as a foundation for a lifetime of success.    This year, Youthlinks provided over 600 mid-coast youth (aged 11-17) with service learning, skills building, arts and healthy living activities. 

Over its three decades of operation, Youthlinks has seen its share of changes. The organization has continually evolved in response to changes in youth and community need, and funding capacity.  A constant has been providing high quality programming to area youth with the support of the community.  In 2007, Youthlinks merged with Broadreach Family & Community Services, and expanded programming to serve Waldo and Lincoln County youth in addition to Rockland area youth. 

Today, new government funding cuts are challenging the capacity of Youthlinks, along with most other youth programs across the state.  In order to continue to serve area youth in the face of significant funding reductions, Youthlinks is entering a period of reorganization.  To that end, Youthlinks sadly announces it will be saying goodbye to four exemplary professionals who have served as long-time youth workers and staff members to the program:
 
Scott Browning has coordinated Youthlinks’ high school programs for several years.  He taught himself bicycle repair in order to run the Recycle-A-Cycle program, created the successful Run-A-Hound 5k and led the Skatepark Revitalization project. He has a gift for collaboration, bringing in new community partners and creating opportunities for students to be heard by their community – including helping prepare a youth group for a city council presentation.

Hilary Flagg will forever be known at Rockland District Middle School for Glee! Club.  When a group of middle students requested this program, Hilary swung into action.  She spent hours getting the program going: working with students to build the confidence they needed for public showcases and learning piano accompaniments to support student performances.     One of Youthlinks most popular programs, over 90 middle school students have participated in GLEE over the past 15 months. Hilary is a gifted teacher and has taught prevention education to hundreds of RSU 13 students over the past three years.
 
Ashley Megquier has run programs in Belfast and Rockland for six years.  Her passion for the arts has inspired hundreds of students.  Ashley has proven that art is everywhere and can be made from everything – from turning a community service beach clean up into masterpieces to making sculptures out of vegetables. 

Caitlin Schick created some of Youthlinks most ambitious programming.   She has taught youth surfing, created a mentorship program for high school skateboarders to share their skills with younger students, taught a team of local student zombies choreography for a world record ‘Thriller’ dance attempt and led a team of Youthlinks summer campers and one amazing shelter dog to win top honors at the International Boatyard Dog competition.

This year, over 60% of Rockland District Middle School and Oceanside East students participated in one or more Youthlinks programs.  Starting with Summer Camp 2012, Youthlinks program will continue- though with reduced staffing, fewer youth slots and a smaller geographic reach.  In the coming months Youthlinks will be reaching out to parents, students, and community and business leaders to guide the program’s transition as it works to continue to meet youth and community need in a challenging economy.  Youthlinks working to stabilize funding, build our volunteer base and ensure the program will continue to serve Rockland area youth for generations to come.  Youthlinks wishes Scott, Hilary, Ashley and Caitlin the best as they move on to new endeavors.

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.

May 17, 2012

Mid-Coast Mom Prom

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 11:25 am

“Thanks to all of you who attended Mid-Coast Mom Prom or sponsored a mother who otherwise would not have been able to attend.  Your generosity made the event a huge success.  A great time was had by all who were able to participate in this ladies night out for charity! We hope to double our efforts next year so that next year’s chosen charity may benefit as Broadreach has benefitted through our first annual Mid-Coast Mom Prom!”

-Tina Boone Founder of Mid-Coast Mom Prom and Prom Committee Chairperson