February 28, 2014

Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program to Host March 7th Community Open House

Youthlinks house


The Broadreach Family & Community Services Youthlinks Program will be holding its Community Open House on Friday, March 7th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the Youthlinks location on 420 Broadway in Rockland with all parking next door at Oceanside High School.  Light refreshments will be served.  All high school and middle school students, families and community members are invited.  It is an opportunity to learn about all the exciting activities of Youthlinks and view what the students worked on in their previous sessions.  Youthlinks collaborates with RSU 13 to form the Rockland After School Alliance (RASA) to bring a wide range of activities to area students.


Last session those in middle school participated in sessions as varied as Animal Care Team, to CSI: Crime Scene Investigations, Photography with iPads and Extreme Food Science.  High school students are also offered an wide array of programs, including those that allow them to provide community service hours, such as Soup Kitchen Saturdays.  Both middle school and high school students participated in toboggan building programs in collaboration with The Apprenticeshop with a number of students entering the U.S. National Toboggan Championships in Camden with the toboggans they had built and prepared for the event.  Youthlinks also provides summer programs for  students including camps and School Garden Army.


For more information on Youthlinks please call (207) 594-2221 or visit the following website: http://www.youthlinksonline.org/ or for information about Broadreach Family & Community Services the website is www.broadreachmaine.org .


February 26, 2014

High schoolers: Join Youthlinks School Garden Army and Amazing Art

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 spring garden army (2)


Youthlinks is excited to partner with Genna Cherichello for our Spring Garden Army (SGA) program offered Monday afternoons, March 3 through April 7 from 3:00-5:00 pm to high school students.  Genna is our local Food Corps volunteer with the Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension serving at RSUs 13 and 40.  SGA offers activities such as seed starting, tool maintenance, creating and decorating garden stepping stones, cooking projects, field trips to the Good Tern Co-op, learning how to help monitor and maintain Oceanside East’s burgeoning fruit tree orchard, and helping to plan the future of the spring/summer garden programs at Youthlinks.

Youthlinks is also offering high school students a fun and creative program called Amazing Art on Wednesdays, March 5 through April 9, from 3-5. Youthlinks has a multitude of art supplies and welcomes students to push their creative limits.  Students can experiment with all materials, and books and drawing guides are on hand for those wanting more structure.  Amazing Art will welcome local artist Mae Towers during one session to share her passion for painting and her use of art to raise awareness for the UnderHound Railroad, a non-profit which helps finds homes for abandoned dogs.

Youthlinks programs are free and located at 420 Broadway in Rockland. For more information and to register, please call 594-2221. Find us online at Youthlinksonline.org.  Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services.  Check us out online to learn more about what Broadreach can do for you.

February 24, 2014

Broadreach PreK/Early Childhood Inclusive Program Enjoy Stockton Springs Community Library Story Time

Broadreach classroom at Stockton Springs Community Library 2-2014

The Broadreach PreKindergarten/Early Childhood Inclusive Program struck a vein of pure gold when the Stockton Springs Community Library began offering its preschool participants a monthly story time.  Since December, two classrooms have ventured from the former Stockton Springs Elementary School, now home to preschoolers, to participate in the lively, interactive, and exciting story time activities.  At the conclusion of each story time craft activities are also sent with the children that they can complete back in their classroom and at home with their families.  Each child also leaves with a mini-book of the story and a participation award.   Miss Pat, a retired kindergarten and special education teacher, is joined by an enthusiastic group of fellow volunteers to provide unique, educational and fun theme-related activities.


Visiting “Mary’s Room” at the SSCL on February 12th, eighteen children and their two teachers, Ron Provencher and Amber Stanhope and Education Jeff Ryan, E.I. III from Broadreach Family & Community Services were treated to Miss Pat’s Three Little Pigs story time complete with puppets, theme-related activities and snacks.  The theme even extended to a Saturday story time telling of the “wolf’s side of the story”.  Miss Pat showed the children the many books the library had in the children’s room of the The Three Little Pigs and even shared her own hand-crafted book of the title, showing the children that they could create their own story with a picture book.  “Mary’s Room” is named in honor of Mary Staples, a retired local school teacher.  Steps leading to the room read one word at a time vertically on the risers, “Climb the stairs to Mary’s room.”  For participants needing assistance with stairs to the second floor there is a motorized lift chair in the building.


The Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) is one of many organizations that Broadreach Family & Community Services collaborates with to bring a broader range of programs and opportunities to those it serves.  Broadreach works collaboratively with RSU 20 to provide Prekindergarten and Early Childhood Inclusive Education Programs and Services to area children.


SSCL is unique in that it is operated completely by volunteers including those participating in the story time:  Pat Bradley, Pat Curley, Library Director, Debbie Harris, Board Vice-President, Susan Henkel, Board Secretary, Susie Kraeger, Donna Parks, and Robbie Pendleton, Board Treasurer.  In the summer the number of library volunteers increases to twenty-four as the number of library patrons  multiplies during the summer months.  The all volunteer library was founded in 2001 and is housed in the Colcord House which it shares with the Stockton Springs Historical Society.  One of the rooms, the parlor, which is preserved in its original state with period furniture is normally cordoned off and may only be viewed and not entered but at the annual Library Tea Party, the guests are invited into the parlor for a 19th century tea.


For more information about SSCL activities, including the Dr. Seuss celebration on Saturday, March 1st from 9:30 – 11:00 am call 567-4147 or go online at www.stocktonspringslibrary.org.  For more information about the programs of Broadreach Family & Community Services in Waldo and Knox counties, call 338-2200 or go online at www.broadreachmaine.org.


February 20, 2014

Youthlinks Program Bowling Team Club Culminates in Behind the Scene Tour

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By Hannah Magnusson

Middle School students from Youthlinks’ would like to give a big thanks to Oakland Park Bowling Lanes in Rockport! Youthlinks is a part of the Rockland After-school Alliance (RASA), which offers a variety of programs throughout the year. The Youthlinks bowling club ran for ten weeks culminating in a behind the scene tour of the bowling lanes.  The tour was lead by Ron Hastings, an employee of the bowling alley. The students were very excited to see the “secret” back room where the mechanical workings can be viewed.  Youthlinks thanks Ron Hastings for his patience  with the students and is grateful for the community support.

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. The early spring sessions for middle school and high school students begin on March 3rd.  For more information concerning the Rockland After-School Alliance, please contact the Youthlinks Program at 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA.  For more information about Broadreach please visit http://broadreachmaine.org/. For information and hours on Oakland Park Bowling Lanes please call 594-7525.