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November 20, 2012

Rockland Middle School Students Investigate Crime Scences

Filed under: Teens,Uncategorized — Vicky @ 9:14 am

Rockland Middle School Students Investigate Crime Scences

For the past seven weeks middle school students who participated in the Rockland After School Alliance (RASA) program “CSI” have been playing detective. On the first day of programming students were given a crime scene to investigate and evidence to collect including hair, powder, fibers, fingerprints, a smear of lip stick and a foot print. Each following week students tested their evidence using forensic science skills. Labs included fingerprinting analysis, chromatography, dichotomy keys, forensic odontology, hair and fiber analysis, and blood typing. Students also learned skills in handling and operating a microscope to help them analyze evidence.

During the last week of RASA programs Detective Russell Thompson of Rockland Police Department came as a guest speaker. Students shared with him the forensic labs that they had conducted as well as asked questions regarding his experience as a seasoned detective in the mid-coast Maine area. Students questions ranged from, “What is the silliest crime you’ve ever investigated?” to what steps should they take to become a police officer or detective. Thompson gave them words of encouragement by saying that all of the forensic science labs that they conducted in CSI are ones that are used every day in the forensic science field.

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.

November 2, 2012

Youthlinks Receives Public Service Award

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 11:32 am

AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Seth Walton holds the 2012 Public Service Award that was presented to Youthlinks by the Knox County Pomona Grange #3

In recognition of commitment and involvement as a servant to the people, Youthlinks was selected as the recipient of the 2012 Public Service Award by Knox County Pomona Grange #3.  The honor was bestowed at the Penobscot View Grange on October 13th.  Following a short presentation of Youthlinks programs to the Grange members, Sherrill Snowdeal delivered the award to Seth Walton of Youthlinks.  Walton noted, “We are very grateful for the recognition of the value of our programs by the Knox Pomona Grange.  Community support is essential to our mission of encouraging youth to commit to themselves and their community.  We can enable youth to succeed in school, at home, at work, and in society only when community members and organizations like the Granges are supportive and invested in their success.”

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 the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations. All programs are free for participating youth. For more information on Youthlinks, visit www.youthlinksonline.org or call 594-2221.

November 1, 2012

Broadreach Family & Community Services does an autumn spruce up.

Filed under: Related News — Sue Dirosario @ 9:02 am

Last Saturday, October 27th, two dozen volunteers gathered to help the Broadreach Family & Community Services do an autumn spruce up.

At Youthlinks on Broadway in Rockland, volunteers painted, trimmed hedges, cut down trees, harvested sun chokes, and cut back the perennial garden. At Mid-Coast Children’s Services on Park Street in Rockland volunteers battened down the building for winter, and completed some needed repairs. At the main office of Broadreach Family & Community Services, volunteers washed windows and gave the front entry way a spiffy new coat of paint.  McDonald’s of Maine dropped by and donated snacks and new t-shirts for volunteers.

Broadreach has been making a positive difference in the lives of children, teens, adults and families of Waldo and Knox County for over thirty years.  With such programs as Broadreach Behavioral Health Services, Mid-Coast Children’s Services, Collaborative PreK classrooms in RSUs 3 and 20, Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County, and Youthlinks Broadreach serves over 3000 individuals each year.  Broadreach appreciates the on-going support of local volunteers and the generous donations of area businesses and community members.  To volunteer, make a donation and/ or find out more about how Broadreach is creating stronger communities, visit us at www.brmaine.org or call 338-2200.

Make A Difference Day at Youthlinks

Make A Difference Day at Youthlinks