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February 28, 2013

The 5th Annual Literacy Connections Conference Registration is live!

Filed under: Related News — Sue Dirosario @ 10:10 am

This is a wonderful conference…encourage Broadreach participation…!!! Kate

The 5th Annual Literacy Connections Conference: Literacy for ME is being held on April 4th at Thomas College in Waterville ME.  The conference brochure and on-line registration can be found at www.mainefamilyliteracy.com/conferences/

Dr. Susan Bennett-Armistead and children’s author, Lynn Plourde, are the keynote speakers at this conference, which is jointly sponsored by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the Maine Department of Education.

Browse our offerings at this year’s conference and consider attending with a team from your community.  Individual registration is only $40 and group registration (a team of 3 or more) is $35 per person.  There are three options for payment…credit card, purchase order and personal check.

Please share this information with your friends and colleagues.  I hope to see you at Thomas College!

Rebecca Dyer
Program Manager
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
PO Box 191, Limington ME 04049
207-441-9965
www.BarbaraBushFoundation.com
www.mainefamilyliteracy.com

February 22, 2013

PLEASE take a moment and Support Broadreach

Filed under: Related News — Sue Dirosario @ 3:43 pm

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!

February 21, 2013

RASA Farm Hands Program at Aldermere Farms

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 9:29 am
Aldermere Farm Program Manager Sarah Post assists RASA students Nina Davis and Theodore Hallet as they halter, lead, and groom the Belted Galloway calves.

Aldermere Farm Program Manager Sarah Post assists RASA students Nina Davis and Theodore Hallet as they halter, lead, and groom the Belted Galloway calves.

By Josie Gates, Youthlinks AmeriCorps Program Manager

During this past session of Rockland After School Alliance (RASA), five middle school students braved the winter cold and participated in the Farm Hands program at Aldermere Farm. The program was run by Sarah Post, the farm’s Program Manager, with assistance and supervision from Youthlinks’ AmeriCorps Member, Josie Gates.

For seven weeks the students visited the farm after school each Thursday to work with the Belted Galloway calves, under Post’s guidance and instruction. Students learned halter training, leading, and grooming, and practiced patience and teamwork. Post also taught the students about land conservation and how Aldermere Farm operates as protected farmland thanks to Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

Farm Hands is a great hands on learning opportunity and for most of the students it was their first experience working with large animals. While it’s a memorable experience for the students it also provides a service to the farm.  Each week the calves became more comfortable with being haltered, led, and groomed and became better tempered around people as a result. Youthlinks and RASA look forward to collaborating with Aldermere Farm for the next session of after-school clubs. A new group of middle school students will participate in Aldermere Farm’s spring program, Sap to Syrup.

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 15, 2013

Mid-Coast Optical donates to Youthlinks

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 5:20 pm
The staff of Mid Coast Optical:  Tracey Sylvester, Kris Kangas and Darlene Blake

The staff of Mid Coast Optical: Tracey Sylvester, Kris Kangas and Darlene Blake

For the past four years, Mid-Coast Optical has collected donations for Youthlinks at their office on Maverick Street in Rockland.  This February, the staff of Mid-Coast Optical presented Youthlinks with a check for the collective 2012 donation of $561.90 from clients of optician Kristian Kangas.

Mr. Kangas, a parent of a former participant of Youthlinks programs, commented:  “We consider Youthlinks to be a wonderful organization, connecting our young people with the community.  We are happy to be able to help support this worthy cause.”

Youthlinks collaborates with local organizations to offer unique community service projects and enrichment opportunities for youth ages 11-17 in the midcoast.  This winter, program participants are exploring the sugaring process at Aldermere Farms, caring for shelter animals at the Knox County Humane Society, knitting for the Rockland District Nurse’s Associate Mercy March campaign, and learning culinary skills from local chefs while creating dishes for the soup kitchen at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

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 Youthlinks or the Rockland After-School Alliance, please contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org.

February 4, 2013

Oceanside High School Students Enjoy the Outdoors Through Youthlinks After School Program

Oceanside High School students Josh Morehouse and Nick Smith take a break and enjoy the view while hiking up Mount Battie during Winter Adventure Team.

Sometimes the best way to ward off the winter blues is by getting out into the elements. For a few Oceanside High School students that’s exactly what they’ve been up to every Friday through the after school Youthlinks program, Winter Adventure Team. Students who participated hiked local hot spots like Merryspring and the face of Mount Battie in Camden, Beech Hill in Rockport, and the Breakwater in Rockland. Each week students bundled up and hit the trail, all the while learning important principles of Leave No Trace as well as proper group hiking etiquette. Youthlinks was fortunate to have Katie Schick of Lincolnville volunteer as a guide and co instructor along with Program Manager, Josie Gates. Schick currently attends Unity College and is working on completing a Bachelor of Science in Adventure-Based Environment Education. Through volunteering with Youthlinks she was able to complete a community service requirement for the semester. A new session of Winter Adventure Team starts Friday February 15th.

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