April 28, 2014

Youthlinks to Hold Yard & Bake Sale on May 3rd

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Ready to start the spring?  It’s yard sale season kicking off at  420 Broadway in Rockland on Saturday May, 3rd.  Come discover some great treasures!  Youthlinks has cleaned house and in the process uncovered nearly 200 items that are going to be waiting for bargain hunters.  Help support Youthlinks programs with every purchase made; from a kayak and ping-pong table to mugs, glasses and lawn games- we’ve got something for everyone.

In addition to yard sale items, the Youthlinks team will have some fantastic baked goods for sale -and wow… Youthlinks can bake some mighty fine treats!   The event kicks off at 8:00 am and runs until 3:00pm.  Don’t miss this one!

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services providing after school and summer programs for middle and high school students in the region.  For more information about Youthlinks call 594-2221.


April 16, 2014

Youthlinks Hosts Student Creative Writing Workshop in Thomaston



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Left:  Students of Oceanside West and authors pose for a group photo at the end of an all day Creative Writing Workshop.

Right:  Authors presenting at the Creative Writing Workshop are, from left, Jen Blood, Ben Odgren, Lacy Simons, and Elizabeth Hand.

Photos and article by Sarah Woodman, Youthlinks/AmeriCorps

On March 19th, forty eighth and ninth grade students of Oceanside West gathered at Watts Hall in Thomaston for a full-day Creative Writing Workshop, organized by Youthlinks of Rockland. This workshop complimented a weekly after-school creative writing club provided by Youthlinks and offered to high school students of RSU 13, from January through April of this year. The Creative Writing Workshop connected Oceanside West students to four writers of varying literary style who call the midcoast area home: Jen Blood of Cushing, Liz Hand of Belfast, Lacy Simons of Rockland, and Ben Odgren of Rockport. Students split into groups of ten and rotated through the day to spend an intensive, hour-long session with each author.

Jen Blood holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine, is a freelance journalist, professional editor, and author of the bestselling Erin Solomon mystery series.  Jen Blood led the students through the creative, multi-media process of developing dynamic characters which reflected her own process of creating characters.  Blood provided a series of questions about the character to encourage students to think deeply about creating a layered character; questions such as:  what is their favorite color, who is their best friend, what food do they love or hate, and where did they grow up? 

Elizabeth Hand is a multiple award-winning critic and author of numerous novels, comics, and short fiction for adults, teenagers, and children.  She is on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing, and divides her time between Maine and London.  Liz Hand led students through an exercise in creating strong descriptive language for stories.  Using student directed words and phrases, Hand showed how an out of the ordinary descriptive word choice can create emotional, visceral, and evocative descriptions of images and objects.

Benjamin Odgren studied film in college, lives in Rockport, works at the Island Institute in Rockland, and writes screenplays in his spare time. Odgren’s session began with a screening of the introduction of the movie “Kung-Fu Panda” while students followed along with a copy of the movie’s screenplay. Odgren explained the structure of a screenplay, the language of denoting camera work and dialogue, and the importance of writing directorial narration such as setting, actor direction and blocking. Students were then given time to write and share their own film scenes.

 Lacy Simons, who holds an MFA in poetry and is the owner of Hello Hello Books in Rockland, introduced to students to a variety of literary games and exercises to inspire creativity in writing, specifically poetry. Simons had students write the thoughts, sounds, smells, sights, and emotions of a ride in a favorite car. Using this exercise, Simons encouraged students to keep a journal as a record of similar sensory memories, which are so integral in writing and so easy to forget.

The day wrapped up with time for students to bravely share the imaginative, layered, and often funny works created throughout the day in each author’s session. The intention of the workshop was to connect students with local authors, inspire and skill-build in those students with experience in creative writing, and create a new interest for students who had not expressed an affinity for writing in the past. Feedback from students and authors indicated that the workshop was a success.

Organized and hosted by Youthlinks in Rockland, the Creative Writing Workshop was generously supported by RSU 13 and Oceanside West’s student activity fund. Snacks for students and lunch for the authors was available through donations from the Rockland Hannaford and Shaw’s supermarkets. The use of Watts Hall at no-cost for this educational event was provided by the town of Thomaston.

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.


April 15, 2014

Youthlinks Offers Participants Opportunities for Community Service and Art, Theater & Radio

YL Fishes and LoavesBy Sarah Woodman, Youthlinks/AmeriCorps

February Youthlinks Fishes and Loaves kitchen volunteers take a break to share a smile and show off their homemade salad. From left, Callum Boggard, Youthlinks Director Kris Koerber, Christen Rasmussen, Kat Howarth, Keariel Peasley, and Takoda Peasley.

Local high school students needing to attain their required community service hours should check out the late spring offerings from Youthlinks.  On Mondays students have another chance to work with FoodCorps volunteer Genna Cherichello in the Spring Garden Army. Students will grow vegetable seedlings, plant flowers, construct and paint garden signs, build raised garden beds, and create a current map of the garden for Youthlinks, Oceanside East High School, and community use.  Spring Garden Army offers ten community service hours.

On Thursdays, Youthlinks is hosting a Community Action Team, a variety of community service projects including beach clean-ups, cooking and baking dishes for a monthly soup kitchen, and building a home for native bees out of wood, bamboo, and other found materials, to be located at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden. Students can earn up to twelve community service hours by participating in the Community Action Team.

Every second Saturday of the month, students can earn four hours of community service by volunteering at the Fishes and Loaves Lunch, a free weekend meal at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland, a collaborative effort of St. Peter’s and the Pratt Memorial United Methodist Church. Students prepare, cook, and serve a full meal for patrons. The upcoming dates for the Fishes and Loaves meals  are May 10 and June 14, and the program runs from 10-2.

The late spring session also offers three fun and free art, music, and drama based after-school programs. On Tuesdays students can exercise their painting and drawing skills and help beautify the Youthlinks building in Mural Art. Back by popular demand on Wednesdays is Improv, the fast paced, no-script form of theater. Fridays offer music lovers the chance to plan and run a radio show through Rockland’s local radio station WRFR in Youthlinks Radio.

Youthlinks programs are free, run from 3-5 Monday through Friday, and meet at the Youthlinks building at 420 Broadway (at the end of the driveway to Oceanside East). Students can pick up registration forms from the guidance office at Oceansides East and West or register online at www.youthlinksonline.org/. For more information on Youthlinks programming, please call 594-2221.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, serving middle and high school students with a variety of after school and summer sessions.  For information about Broadreach Family & Community Services the number is 338-2200 and the website is www.broadreachmaine.org .


April 14, 2014

Youthlinks Farmhands

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Article and Photo by Hannah Magnusson, Youthlinks/AmeriCorps

From left to right: Corbin Farnham, Joel Morin, Lainie Hooper, Amariah Glaude, Alexa Barstow and Sarah Post

Five eager Youthlinks students can now proudly say they know how to halter and lead a cow. Youthlinks, a program of the Rockland After School Alliance (RASA) partnered with Aldermere Farm to take on the challenge of becoming farmhands.  With patience, determination, and a few snow days to throw them off the students succeed in haltering the young calves.  Youthlinks would like to thank Sarah Post from Aldermere Farm for her support and guidance for the young farmhands.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community. For more information concerning the Rockland After-School Alliance, please contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA.  For more information about Broadreach please visit http://broadreachmaine.org/. For more information about Aldermere Farm please visit http://www.aldermere.org/.




April 11, 2014

Broadreach to Host Mid-Coast Mom Prom on May 10th



The third annual Mid-Coast Mom Prom is being hosted this year by Broadreach Family & Community Services on Saturday, May 10th from 7:30 – 11:30 pm at the Boathouse in Belfast.  All proceeds from the event will be used to support Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education Program.  A national event, each Mom Prom is designed for “Moms and Those Who Mother” to enjoy the camaraderie of others while raising funds for a local charitable cause.  The tickets for this year’s Las Vegas-themed event, which can be purchased online at www.broadreachmaine.org are priced at $30 and cover the cost of the Prom and refreshments.

DJ Ryan Albert will once again be donating his services for the event with a lively mix of danceable numbers.  Women are encouraged to bring their female family members and friends to this annual spring event.  Prizes will be given for categories such as Most Glitzy, and the Mom Prom Queen will be crowned with a fitting tiara.  A “Step and Repeat” backdrop will be set up for red carpet “prom photos” for each lady attending the event.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available, including a cash bar.   Attendees must be 21 or older.  All designated drivers will receive a special token of appreciation.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit organization serving the people of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln Counties.  Services include Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health and Case Management, Youthlinks after school and summer programs for middle and high school students, and prevention services designed to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect and substance abuse.  For more information about Broadreach Family & Community Services or the Mid-Coast Mom Prom, contact Sue diRosario at 338-2200 extension 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org.  The website is www.broadreachmaine.org .


April 10, 2014

The First Donates its Casual for a Cause Collection to Youthlinks

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Attached photo:  From left to right Sarah Woodman and Alyssa Sweet of Youthlinks/AmeriCorps; Alicia Costa, Assistant Manager of The First’s Union Street, Rockland office; Shannon Wenners, Branch Supervisor of The First’s Park Street, Rockland office; Youthlinks Director, Krisofer Koerber; Hannah Magnusson, Youthlinks/AmeriCorps; Polly Chatfield, member of Broadreach Board and Youthlinks Advisory Group; and Susan St. John, Youthlinks Advisory Group member.

The two Rockland offices of The First recently donated $606.12 to Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Youthlinks Program.  For nineteen years the employees of The First have been dressing casually on Fridays in support of charitable organizations in communities where they provide financial services.   The First employees who participate in the program make a contribution each Friday that they dress casually.  At the end of each month, a donation is presented to an employee-nominated, non-profit organization.    


Youthlinks Program Director Kristofer Koerber shared, “We are grateful for this generous support from the employees of The First and to their financial institution for providing this contribution and showing such community support. This donation will certainly be helpful to Youthlinks in carrying out our mission to provide quality after school and summer programs for area middle and high school students.”


Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, serving middle and high school students with a variety of after school and summer sessions. For more information on Youthlinks please call (207) 594-2221 or visit http://www.youthlinksonline.org/ or for information about Broadreach Family & Community Services the website is www.broadreachmaine.org .


April 4, 2014

Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program Welcomes Chef Jeff Space of Pen-Bay Hospital

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Youthlinks students take a photo with their
guest chef. Back row, from left: Ethan Keene, Nick Smith, Chef Jeffrey Space,
Kat Cova, and Caroline Duda, and Front Row: Nina Davis and Kat Howarth.

By Sarah Woodman

On March 18th, the Youthlinks Top Chef Rockland cooking club was visited by Chef Jeff Space, Director of Nutritional Services at Pen-Bay Hospital. Each week, local high school students gather at Youthlinks in Rockland to learn new cooking skills, taste new foods, and meet with local chefs who share their talents and knowledge with students.

Jeff Space joined the program to share with students the USDA’s “My Plate” initiative, to reinforce the Let’s Go 5-2-1-0 program (5 servings of fruits and veggies, 2 hours or less screen time, 1 hour or more physical activity, and 0 sugary drinks), and to improve student cooking skills. The “My Plate” model is a program of the USDA, which offers a simple, brightly colored guide for people to follow to create healthy and nutritious meals. “My Plate” transforms the food pyramid into a daily meal guide, with half a plate filled with fruit and vegetables, one quarter filled with a lean protein, and one quarter filled with a whole grain, and a serving of lowfat dairy on the side. Chef Jeff Space cooked a “My Plate” meal of asparagus, chicken, and lowfat cheese quesadillas; tomato, avocado, and cilantro salad; a black bean and mango salad; and seared pineapple, served with a container of skim milk. Chef Space showed students that flavor, color, and interest in a meal can come from a variety of fruits and vegetables and delicious herbs and spices instead of added fats or preservatives.

Students also improved their cooking skills while working with Chef Space, as he reinforced the proper way to hold and use chef knives, tips for peeling garlic, red peppers, and pineapples, and the best way to pit an avocado and a mango. The meal was then enjoyed by all participants!

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.


Broadreach to Host Mom Prom at The Boathouse on May 10th


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Make Plans Now to Attend This Ladies Only Event! It’s a Night of Glitz and Glamour Las Vegas Style! Sparkle At the Third Annual Mom Prom! Saturday, May 10th 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm The Boathouse in Belfast All proceeds benefit Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education Program

$30 ticket covers Prom and refreshments.  Cash bar available. Fun Prizes!  Prom Queen, Most Glitzy, and More! Make plans to attend!  Bring family and friends!*  Treat Mom for Mother’s Day!   For more information or find out how to get involved, contact Sue diRosario at 338-2200 x 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org *Must be 21 or over.

Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.broadreachmaine.org