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March 15, 2013

Dogs invited to April 20th Run-A-Hound 5K at Youthlinks

Winny, a 10-year-old shelter dog from the Humane Society of Knox County, is happy to see Youthlinks’ high school Animal Volunteers.

(Photo courtesy of Leila Percy) Winny, a 10-year-old shelter dog from the Humane Society of Knox County, is happy to see Youthlinks’ high school Animal Volunteers.

Youthlinks invites runners and walkers, big dogs and little dogs, adults and kids to the third annual Run-A-Hound 5K.

The 5K is modeled after one of Youthlinks’ popular service programs, Run-A-Hound, in which students volunteer with local animal shelters by taking dogs out for a run to exercise and train them. Many of Youthlinks after-school programs work to help homeless pets in our community.  Past projects include building feral cat shelters, crafting cat toys, socializing shelter cats and assisting the Humane Society with fundraising projects.  This year, a group of high school students in the Animal Volunteers program are caring for shelter animals at the Humane Society of Knox County.  Photos from their visits to the shelter are published on the Run-A-Hound 5K blog at runahound.wordpress.com.

The race will start and finish at Youthlinks, located at 420 Broadway in Rockland, on Saturday, April 20th at 9:30am. Participants are asked to park at OHS-East. There will be door prizes and complimentary snacks for all participants, as well as awards for top runner and dog pair and top runner. Registration fees are $10 for Adults with a dog, $15 for Adults without a dog, and $8 for Students with or without a dog. Pre-Registration is greatly appreciated and is available on active.com.

The Camden Hospital for Animals and Loyal Biscuit are proud sponsors of this year’s event.  Event and prize sponsors are still being sought.  Businesses wishing to participate can contact Joelle Albury at Youthlinks 207-594-2221 or email jalbury@brmaine.org.

The Run-A-Hound 5K is to benefit the programs of Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, which serves over 500 Mid-Coast youth a year through quality after-school enrichment programs and summer camps.  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.

Fog Bar & Cafe Chef cooks with students in Youthlinks program

Left to right:  Oceanside West student Katherine Howarth, Fog Bar & Cafe chef Nick Krunkkala, Oceanside East student Takoda Peasley

Left to right: Oceanside West student Katherine Howarth, Fog Bar & Cafe chef Nick Krunkkala, Oceanside East student Takoda Peasley

On Tuesday, February 12th, Chef Nick Krunkkala of the Fog Bar and Café in Rockland took time from his busy schedule to teach students in Youthlinks’ Soup Kitchen program how to make a Creole Chowder in honor of Mardi Gras.  The Soup Kitchen program meets once a week and is open to all students grades 8-12 in RSU 13. Each week students learn how to prepare a new dish, frequently taught by a guest chef from the Rockland area. Students then put their skills to use one Saturday a month and gain community service hours by preparing a meal from start to finish at the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen at St. Peter’s church in Rockland.

Chef Nick, who spent several years in New York training and working as a chef, chose a dish exemplifying his southern style of cooking while also using flavors suitable for cold Maine winters.  Chef Nick showed students how to safely chop vegetables, and explained the difference between a traditional French mirepoix of carrot, onion, and celery and the Cajun style of starting a dish using bell peppers, onions and carrots (known as the “Holy Trinity”.) Chef Nick taught students how to thicken a stew using pureed sweet corn and roasted tomatoes to create body without sacrificing flavor.

The final product was a creamy, lightly spicy, and layered stew of andouille sausage and crawfish, a version of which has won the past two years at the annual Chowder and Chili Challenge hosted by the Rockland Fire Department. The chowder was enjoyed by the program’s participants and Youthlinks staff.
This was Chef Nick’s second visit to the Youthlinks’ Soup Kitchen program. Chef Nick previously taught students his recipe for pickled watermelon rind, and how to create a refreshing smoothie from the fruit of the watermelon and fresh lemon.

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 please call Youthlinks at 594-2221 or visit youthlinksonline.org.

March 14, 2013

RASA Zombie Survivial Team

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 4:51 pm

 

Photo courtesy of Youthlinks AmeriCorps Program Manager Sarah Woodman

 

 

 

 

 

Participants in the Rockland After-School Alliance program “Zombie Survival Team” were visited by registered nurse Tom Woodman, a member of Pen-Bay Medical Center’s Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT). Woodman demonstrated the components of a Hazmat suit and explained Pen-Bay’s role in emergency preparedness on a local level. Pictured, from left: Sophia Fitzgerald, Mya Sutherland, Roy Grotton, Tom  Woodman, Bryan Henshaw, Aubrey Doyle, Nina Davis, and Alex Mahar.

March 13, 2013

Welcome Deb Rainey, Quality Assurance Specialist

Filed under: New Staff,Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 6:16 pm

Deb RaineyKate Quinn Finlay, Executive Director of Broadreach Family & Community Services, is pleased to announce that Deb Rainey has accepted the position of Quality Assurance Specialist for the agency’s Early Childhood Programs. Deb Rainey will have management responsibility for overseeing the agency’s early childhood community partnerships, assuring best practice inclusive programming and assuring implementation of early childhood curricula.

 

Deb Rainey is an Early Childhood Specialist with over 25 years experience in early care and education.  She earned a degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Maine in Farmington and an M.Ed in Early Intervention from the University of Maine in Orono.  She has worked with young children and families in a variety of settings and programs.   Most recently Deb has provided consultation, coaching and training for early care professionals to support the inclusion of all children in community programs.  She has written curriculum for Maine Roads To Quality on Inclusive practice and received training certification in the Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC). Deb has presented at several national conferences for National Association for the Education of Young Children, Division of Early Childhood and Zero to Three on inclusive proactices.  Deb is committed to the field of early childhood education/early childhood special education and keeps current with best practice and evidence based methods to meet the needs of all young children and their families.  Broadreach’s Early Childhood Services prepares young children for a lifetime of learning success with high-quality education, early intervention and childcare programs.  Broadreach early childhood classrooms are located in public school and community settings throughout Waldo and Knox County, are nationally accredited and taught by state-certified early childhood teachers. Broadreach early childhood classrooms include public pre-Kindergarten programs in collaboration with RSUs 3 and 20, and collaborative Head Start classrooms at Mid-Coast Children’s Services in Rockland.

For more information, about the many services Broadreach provides for children and families, please contact Mary Bailey, Broadreach Director of Early Childhood Services by e-mailing mbailey@brmaine.org, calling 338-2200 Ext 101, or visiting www.brmaine.org

March 6, 2013

Youthlinks Announces Annual Run/Walk Fundraising Event

Youthlinks invites runners and walkers, big dogs and little dogs, adults and kids to the third annual Run-A-Hound 5k.

Youthlinks invites runners and walkers, big dogs and little dogs, adults and kids to the third annual Run-A-Hound 5k.

ROCKLAND, Maine – It’s that time of year again! Youthlinks is proud to announce that the Run-A-Hound 5K fundraising event will take place on Saturday, April 20th at 9:30AM! The cost to participate is $10 with a dog, $15 without a dog and $8 for students with or without a dog. Mark your calendars because registration is open now and this event is held rain or shine!

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, but you will be able to register the day of the event as well. To register online, visit the following website: http://www.youthlinksonline.org/runahound5k.

Stay and celebrate after the event with refreshments and fun! For more information, questions or if you’re interested in volunteering for the event, please contact Joelle Albury at Youthlinks at 594-2221 or email jalbury@brmaine.org.

This fundraising event benefits Youthlinks free after-school programs.  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.