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November 3, 2017

Mainers Encouraged to Document and Report Wind Storm 2017 Damage

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11/03/2017 01:21 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, MAINE – As the state-wide response and recovery effort continues in Maine following a devastating wind storm that caused power outages to nearly a half million electricity customers as well as tree damage, flooding and property damage, many are asking how to report those damages.

Individuals – Report damages to 2-1-1 Maine. This information will be used to assess damages and will be provided to the individual’s town to enable them to learn who has storm-related damages. Callers will be asked a series of questions. By reporting this damage, callers are not applying for assistance, and should continue to pursue the steps and resources below. – Callers should keep their documentation of the damage and cost of items damaged or spoiled as well as receipts for any repairs in a safe place (receipts, photos and other documents). – File a claim with homeowner’s or auto insurance. – Those who cannot afford to fix damage from the storm should contact their municipal General Assistance Officer for assistance that may be available under 22 M.R.S.A. § 430. – Check with local food pantries if you lost food. – Community Action Programs may be able to provide some assistance to those who meet certain income guidelines. – Current SNAP benefit recipients may be able to obtain a voucher to replace lost food. Contact the Office of Family Independence at 855-797-4357. – Individuals can also contact 2-1-1 Maine for referrals for assistance.

Farmers who experience losses and need assistance should contact USDA Farm Service Agency at 207-990-9140.

Businesses should report losses to their local Economic Development Corporation.

For additional preparedness, shelter, resource and safety information, please visit MainePrepares.com, or visit MEMA on Facebook or Twitter.

This information provided by Maine.gov the official website for the State of Maine • 45 Commerce Drive, Suite 10 • Augusta, ME 04330 • 1-877-212-6500

 

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April 12, 2016

Broadreach Children’s Art Show at Belfast Free Library, Sing-A-Long This Saturday

Children's Art

Works from the Broadreach Family & Community Services Children’s Art Show at the Belfast Free Library.

Celebrating the Week of the Young Child, artwork from children in Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Education classrooms in Belfast, Brooks, Liberty, Morrill, Swanville, and Unity are currently on display at the Belfast Free Library in the Children’s Area on the second floor and in the Abbott Room.  The colorful and imaginative works were accomplished with a variety of mediums and represent the work of many of the area’s three to five year old artists.

 

The Week of the Young Child will culminate in an hour long Sing-A-Long on Saturday, April 16th from 11:00 am – noon in the Abbott Room.  This free family-friendly event is open to the public and will feature fun, interactive songs that children and adults will enjoy.

 

For more information, contact Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 and visit online at www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

Broadreach Welcomes New Board Members

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Jeff Carty Steven Fein

Jeffrey Carty of Thomaston             Steven Fein of Northport

Sharon Goguen, MEd, Chair of the Broadreach Family & Community Services Board of Directors, has announced two new community representatives have joined the non-profit organization’s board.  They are Steven Fein of Northport and Jeffrey Carty of Thomaston.

Steven Fein owned a private clinical practice for sixteen years, providing services to families and individuals and served as a consultant to schools and the Department of Human Services.  He had previously served as a Clinician and Consultant for Mid-Coast Mental Health Center and taught at the Mid-Coast Community College.  Fein earned his Master’s Degree in Community Psychology from Goddard College and his Bachelors of Science degree in Human Relations from Boston University School of Business Administration.

Jeffrey Carty is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine in the field of human services.  He retired from his position of Program Administrator for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Children and Families in 2009.  Carty worked for the Department for thirty-two years.  Since his retirement, Carty has been a consultant to the Maine Children’s Alliance and the University of Maine Muskie School, Child Welfare Institute.  He earned his Master of Social Work degree from San Diego State University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College in Waterville.

Broadreach Family & Community Services has provided community services since 1983.  The agency offers Early Childhood Education and Support Services, Behavioral Health and Case Management Services, Youthlinks middle and high school out-of-school programs, and Prevention programs and services to over 1,000 children, youth, adults, and families in Waldo and Knox counties and surrounding communities.  The Board of Directors serve in a volunteer capacity.  For more information, contact Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 extension 102, view the website at www.broadreachmaine.org or visit Broadreach on Facebook.

June 4, 2015

Healthy Waldo County seeks Waldo County residents’ input on substance use and abuse prevention activities

Healthy Waldo County* is looking for input from Waldo County residents so that we can refine our 5 Year Plan to reduce substance use / abuse in the youth (12 to 25) population. The survey at this link provides an opportunity for respondents to identify activities that you think might be effective in reducing substance use / abuse by 15% over the next 5 years. We appreciate your thoughtful consideration.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFNHB9N

 

*Our local Healthy Maine Partnership; a collaboration with the Hospital,

that includes Broadreach and numerous other providers and community

partners.

 

December 31, 2014

Youthlinks Volunteers at Hospitality House

Youthlinks Cooks for Change

By Hannah Magnusson, Youthlinks Program Manager

“I think my favorite part of being at the Hospitality House was how quickly I connected with the kids there,” reflected Youthlinks’ sophomore Mariah Blake.  At the end of every day the Youthlinks high school group, the Student Garden Army, spends time in a circle sharing their thoughts about their experience that day and writing in their journals.  Thursday, December 18th the students reflected on their time at the Hospitality House in Rockport. The students cooked, decorated cookies with the residents and served a delicious meal with veggies from the Grassroots garden at Youthlinks. They spent the last six weeks developing their cooking skills, making ornaments, and cutting out snowflakes.  During their closing circle the students were giddy with excitement about the experience they shared together in helping to give back to their community. ” I feel like we all really bonded,” said freshman Kat Cova.

Youthlinks offers programs to middle school and high school students that provide them with opportunities to engage with their community, to learn life skills, self- reflection, and healthy outdoor time.  The Youthlinks Student Garden Army are excited for another session beginning January 12th. During this session they will be working on making a documentary to raise money for a new greenhouse and developing another great community service project as a team.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services. For more information about Youthlinks like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/youthlinks or for more information about all of Broadreach’s programs and services, visit www.brmaine.org.

August 21, 2014

Stashbuster Fundraiser for Early Childhood Education Seeking Donations

Stashbuster Photo

Broadreach Family & Community Services is preparing for its next event to raise funds for its Early Childhood Education Program – a Stashbuster Fiber and Fabric Fair on Saturday, September 27th from 9 am – noon in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.  Each day calls are being fielded and deliveries are being arranged for skeins of yarn, yards of fabric, smaller bundles for quilting and other projects, and fiber arts equipment and supplies – from knitting needles to patterns to bias tape.

 

“We have been receiving some beautiful and high quality items that we expect will sell out quickly at the fair.  All items will certainly be a great deal for the buyer and we will be sure to have inventory for both the serious and casual fabric artists of all ages”, shared Sue diRosario, Broadreach’s Director of Philanthropy and Community Relations.

 

“A special thanks goes out to our sponsors of this event, Heavenly Sock Yarns of Belfast, WORKS of Searsport, The Purple Fleece of Stockton Springs, Fiddehead Artisan Supply, and Good Karma Farm & Spinning Company, both of Belfast.  We know these are wonderful local resources for the fabric artist and we are thrilled that they are our sponsors.”

If you have items to donate, please contact diRosario by September 20th at 338-2200 x 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org.  Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that provides Early Childhood Education Services, Behavioral Health and Case Management Services for all ages, its Youthlinks after school and summer program for middle – high school youth in the greater Rockland area, and Prevention Services such as parenting classes and programs for the prevention of child abuse and neglect and substance abuse.  For more information about Broadreach services please call 338-2200 or visit the website at www.broadreachmaine.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 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 .

 

March 5, 2014

Spread the Word to End the Word

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General Campaign Questions

Q: What is Spread the Word to End the Word?
A: 
Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word. The campaign is intended to engage school organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support in helping to build communities of inclusion and acceptance for all people.

Q: When is Spread the Word to End the Word?
A: 
Spread the Word to End the Word holds its’ annual day of awareness on the first Wednesday of every March. However, people everywhere can help spread the word throughout their communities and schools year-round through pledge drives, youth rallies and online activation.

Q: Who supports the Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign?

A: Spread the Word to End the Word is a youth-driven movement supported by Special Olympics and Best Buddies International.

Q: How and when was Spread the Word to End the Word created?
A: 
Spread the Word to End the Word was created by youth with and without intellectual disabilities who participated in the Special Olympics Global Youth Activation Summit at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. The motivation for the campaign was driven by a united passion to promote the positive contributions people with intellectual disabilities make to communities around the world combined with a simple call to action – a pledge to stop using a word – that also symbolizes positive attitude change and a commitment to make the world a more accepting place for all people. The trademarked “Spread the Word To End the Word” annual day of awareness was created by Soeren Palumbo (Notre Dame class of 2011) and Tim Shriver (Yale class of 2011) who are recognized as co-founders of the campaign.

Q: Why is the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign important?
A: Respectful and inclusive language is essential to the movement for the dignity and humanity of people with intellectual disabilities. However, much of society does not recognize the hurtful, dehumanizing and exclusive effects of the word “retard(ed).” It is time to address the minority slur “retard(ed)” and raise the consciousness of society to its hurtful effects.

Q: How do I take the R-word pledge?
A
: Click “Pledge and Be Heard” above!

Q: Where can I find more materials to host an R-word event in my area?
A:
 You can download materials on our resources page and purchase merchandise and event materials in theOfficial R-word Store!

Q: Where do I purchase R-word t-shirts and other merchandise?
A: 
You can find all R-word merchandise, including t-shirts, baseball caps, bracelets, stickers and more, at theOfficial R-Word Store.

Q: What other ways can I get involved with Spread the Word to End the Word?
A: 
Our social media channels are a great way to stay involved with the R-word campaign. You can find us onFacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Questions about Language

Q: Are you looking to ban the word completely or do you think it can still be used in certain contexts?
A:
 This effort is intended to draw attention to the fact that a large population of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are hurt and offended by the use of the R-word. Our goal is to educate and to raise awareness that the R-word it isn’t funny, it isn’t a joke, but it is harmful to many people.

Q: So you’re not trying to remove it from the dictionary, or tell academics they can’t use it when it’s used properly?
A:
 We want people to understand that it is hurtful when it is used as a derogatory term, and that’s really how it is used the majority of the time. You don’t have to use the R-word. If there’s a better way to say what you’re trying to say, then do that.

Q: But even if we don’t use the term “retarded,” won’t it just become about a different word? History has shown that if we stop using one word, we just replace it with another.
A:
 The R-word has become a popular punch line for jokes and a frequent slang in pop culture, and it has gone too far. This is about more than just eliminating a word, this is about a revolution of our attitudes toward a population that has been stigmatized throughout history. They deserve respect, and removing the R-word from our everyday speech is one step we can take toward showing them that respect.

Q: In so many instances though, this is not a word that is intended as a derogatory comment, but just as a generic putdown. Why is it bad if it’s not directed toward people with disabilities?
A: This word has been associated with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since its inception. Over 43 U.S. states have passed or introduced legislation to remove “mental retardation” from laws and replace it with more respectful people first language. In 2010, the federal government enacted “Rosa’s Law” which replaces “mental retardation” with people first language. In the medical community “mental retardation” remains in a majority of official publications, but it is widely recognized as an outdated term and most medical professionals choose to use more respectful language. It is clearly time to move on as a society and widely adopt people first language.

Q: The main problem with this is that initiatives and campaigns like this generally end up with official government censorship, and that’s the wrong place to head.
A:
 We are not talking about or even asking the government to consider censorship. What we are trying to do is raise awareness that this word is offensive so that people think before they speak and realize that their words have power. This campaign is encouraging people to have a conversation about the use of this word so they realize who is listening when they use the R-word and who they may be hurting. You have the right to free speech. We have the right to petition you to choose your language more carefully.

Q: What term should be used in place of mental retardation?
A:
 “Intellectual disability” is a widely accepted synonym for “mental retardation.” For many, the term “mental retardation” evokes the word “retard” and brings up painful memories of rejection and ridicule. The important thing to remember when considering language is that we are all people first. If Joe slips and breaks his foot, he is not a broken footed person. He is Joe with a broken foot. The person should ALWAYS come before the condition.

January 13, 2014

Broadreach Hires New Program Director for Youthlinks

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Broadreach Family & Community Services Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay has announced the hiring of Kristofer Koerber as the new director of the Youthlinks Program.  Kris began his new position on January 2nd.

 

“We are pleased to continue the fine tradition of Youthlinks offering quality after school and summer programs for area middle and high school students with Kris now leading the program.  He brings a great deal of experience working with young people in his previous roles as a coach.  Kris is also familiar with the region.  He lives in Owls Head where he is a volunteer firefighter and has worked as Sternman with Dave Cousens on board the F/V Three Sons out of South Thomaston.  Kris brings a great deal of enthusiasm, energy, and desire to continually improve the program to this position”, stated Kate Quinn Finlay.

 

Kris, a Maine native, grew up in Brunswick before leaving the state to attend Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.  After graduation he pursued a career in athletics, securing his first coaching opportunity at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, as an assistant for the men’s lacrosse team.  Following three years at Colby, Kris continued his coaching career at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York where he earned his Masters in Educational Administration.

 

“I first want to give thanks to Kate Quinn Finlay for presenting me and my family with this opportunity.  I am excited to be working at an organization where empowering people with skills for success are the standard.  I believe strongly in the mission of Broadreach and Kate’s dedication to Youthlinks.  I am honored to be the new leader at Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program and I am delighted to be working alongside such a passionate and outstanding staff”, shared Kris Koerber recently.

 

The purpose of the Youthlinks Program is to empower young people to commit to themselves and their community, broaden their horizons, and acquire healthy life skills through focused enrichment programs and meaningful volunteer opportunities.  The program fosters critical thinking skills (the ability to use logic and reasoning in solving problems that is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and supports self-corrective thinking), empathy and introspection.  Youthlinks uses a wide array of programs (including animal care; interacting with senior citizens; cooking; hiking; running small businesses; and having youth identify a community need and address it).  Youthlinks collaborates with the local school system and a number of local partner organizations, businesses, and volunteers.  For more information about Youthlinks call 594-2221 or check out the website at wwww.broadreachmaine.org.

 

August 26, 2013

Youthlinks & Rockland Community Sailing Camp

Youthlinks & Rockland Community Sailing Camp

Sailing is a fantastic way to have fun on the water! This summer Youthlinks students in grades five through twelve are learning all the skills needed to sail a boat at Rockland Community Sailing’s youth sailing camp. A program of the Apprenticeshop, the Rockland Community Sailing (RCS) and Youthlinks six year partnership began in 2008 as a fall and spring afterschool program and soon evolved into two weeks of full day sailing camp. Fully funded by the Catawamteak Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, Youthlinks’ and Rockland Community Sailing’s collaboration is free of charge for 24 students.

Rockland Community Sailing camp is taught by five full time instructors: two head instructors: Robin and Devon, and three sailing instructors, Will, Aidan, and Cleo. All have sailed with RCS for years and worked their way up to become instructors. Lifejackets are provided.

Each day follows a similar pattern: morning lessons are spent introducing sailing skills to be practiced in the afternoons, whether that is tacking and jibing, identifying wind patterns and direction, points of sail, or self-rescue. Afternoons are spent in a hands-on manner, testing the skills students just learned in theory; students are taught by doing in sailing school. Swim tests and life jacket use are a standard part of the experience.

Students are first taught the basics of sailing: how to rig and de-rig a sailboat. Younger students and those with little experience sail one person Optimist prams, 8 feet long and rigge

d with a single sprit rigged sail. Older and more experienced students are paired up to sail larger 420 sloops which have both a mainsail and a jib and are sailed by two students. On the first day of camp new students take turns being towed by a motorboat to learn the feel of being on a boat, and how to use a rudder to steer without the pressure of manipulating a sail. By the third day, students are able to tack and jibe, and practice self-rescue, meaning students intentionally capsize a boat and right it again in a rather swift motion (with life-vests o
Throughout the week instructors teach lessons from small motorboats following sailors on the water to make sure that everyone is safe, yet allowing students the independence to learn on their own. Instructors also put buoys in the water to test student skills as they maneuver through courses set up as figure eights, ovals, and triangles. Thursday brought a fun day of capture the flag by sail, with Optis and 420s distributed throughout each team. Midweek the entire group divided into 420 crews and sailed to the lighthouse, with experienced students and instructors skippering boats.n and instructors at hand.)

Sailing Camp

Youthlinks program manager Sarah Woodman, who accompanied Youthlinks instructors Josie Gates and Kamryn Sanchez for the June week of sailing, expressed what a great experience it was to share the week with Rockland Community Sailing. “I was incredibly impressed with the skill and natural ease of all instructors. We had some students who were a little nervous to be out on their own, particularly the first day of sailing and the day we practiced self-rescue drills, and I was so happy with the balance instructors reached between encouraging the students to conquer their fears while also being there for them every step of the way. Students learned unbelievably fast and it was wonderful to see their confidence and skill grow, and to see how willing students were to help each other along the way.”

The week had been planned to wrap up with a sailing exhibition for parents to observe, but weather refused to cooperate. Instead, students participated in a sailing Jeopardy led by instructors, displaying their newfound knowledge. Instructors handed out personalized awards for all students recognizing their work and progress over the week, and parents, instructors, and students all gathered for a potluck celebration. Rockland Community Sailing offers lessons all summer long for students who wish to learn to sail.

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.

Youthlinks Farm Camp at Headacre Farm

“Who likes vegetables here?” Chef Kerry Altiero of Café Miranda asks a group of campers from Youthlinks. “No one? Well let me tell you something, vegetables just need a little dressing up!” For the first four weeks of July campers entering grades six through eight were invited to Headacre Farm in Owls Head to learn about farming and cooking with Anne Perkins, Deb Donnelly and Kerry Altiero. At Headacre Farm, Anne, Deb and Kerry set out to prove to groups of middle school age campers that the world of organic, local farming is an exciting one with numerous health and environmental benefits.

Anne Perkins of Headacre Farm teaches campers how to transplant seedlings.

Anne Perkins of Headacre Farm teaches campers how to transplant seedlings.

Headacre Farm is a saltwater farm offering vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, and seasonal decorations. Headacre is committed to returning its 17 saltwater acres to sustainable, diversified, and organically certified farming and becoming a vibrant, productive, and responsible member of our local communities. Headacre Farm is operated in partnership with Café Miranda and provides the Rockland restaurant with fresh, organic produce throughout the growing season.

As part of their commitment to community, Anne and Deb approached Youthlinks over the winter about collaborating to create Farm Camp. Each week a group of twelve students would spend their mornings at Headacre farm learning about plant families and organic pest management from Farmer Anne and helping to plant vegetables and weed and water garden beds. With Deb Donnelly campers also made their own barometers to measure atmospheric pressure, planted basil seeds and nasturtium flowers, and made terrariums with recycled bottles and materials found on the farm. Youthlinks’ AmeriCorps members Josie Gates, Sarah Woodman and Kameryn Sanchez worked with campers to plant, maintain and harvest their own garden beds. They were able to monitor the progress of their own vegetables and make decisions about weeding and watering.

On Wednesdays, campers harvested vegetables from the farm and their garden plots to cook a veggie focused lunch with Chef Kerry. While the campers washed produce and chopped greens, Chef Kerry discussed the merits of eating green and eating local. He gave an example about the difference in taste between a tomato shipped from across the country and one grown in a local garden and he also described the global effects that a small, locally grown tomato can have. Because a tomato grown in a farm only a few miles away doesn’t need to be shipped very far at all, it has a smaller carbon footprint than a tomato from across the country.

In the afternoons campers left the farm but continued the outdoor theme and explored local areas such as Mt. Battie in Camden, Lucia Beach at Birch Point State Park, and Lakes Chickawaukee and Megunticook.

On the last day of camp, campers and their families were invited to a family field day at Headacre farm for games and a potluck style dinner. Families competed in tug-of-war and were given a tour of the farm by campers eager to show off the vegetables they took care of. Anne, Deb and Kerry Altiero all joined in the fun and were available to answer questions parents had about camp or organic and local farming practices. “We had an amazing summer,” said Youthlinks’ Program Director Amie Hutchison. “I am so grateful to Headacre Farm and Café Miranda to providing this opportunity to local students.”

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.

April 25, 2013

Run-A-Hound 5K a success in the rain

Filed under: Broadreach Events,Related News,Teens,Uncategorized,Youthlinks — Vicky @ 9:19 am
Eric Morse of Berlin, VT and his running companion, Murdock, took first place in the race.

Photo courtesy of Adrienne Randall

Despite the April showers, 46 runners and 23 dogs gathered at Youthlinks on a cold Saturday morning to take part in the 3rd Annual Run-A-Hound 5K race in Rockland on April 20th.

Youthlinks would like to thank all of the participants, volunteers and local businesses that helped make the 5k a fundraising success and a fun community event.

Thank you to Loyal Biscuit and the Camden Hospital for Animals for sponsoring this year’s event and providing the prize package for the top runner and dog pair.  Both sponsors were present to hand out goodies to the race participants and cheer them on as they crossed the finish line.  Each sponsor also had their own contestants to root for:  Heidi Neal of Loyal Biscuit ran with her dog Izzy and Patti Tempio Wilson of Camden Hospital for Animals ran with her dog Bacci.

Thank you to Hannaford of Rockland, Hole in the Wall Bagels, Rock City Café and Safe Harbor Confections for providing fuel for our runners.  Thank you to StrongerFasterHealthier of Waldoboro for providing samples of pet fish oil for the dogs.

Thank you to Maine Coast Construction for providing safety vests for our crossing guards.

Thank you to all of the businesses who donated door prizes, so every runner had a chance of winning something:  Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital, Maine Boats & Harbors, Maine Sport, Maine Street Meats, Mr. Wat Sushi & Noodles, Penobscot Bay YMCA, Planet Toys, Rock City Café, Swing & Sway Dancing, University of Rockland, WRFR, and Yankee Clipper.

Finally, congratulations to the top runners.  Eric Morse of Berlin, VT and his terrier, Murdock, came in first at 17 minutes and 17 seconds.  Darren Winchenbach of Waldoboro took first place for the Men’s Runners without Dogs class at 19 minutes and 29 seconds. Allison Leonard of Rockland took first place for the Women’s Runners without Dogs class at 25 minutes and 37 seconds.  Youthlinks also congratulates 11-year-old Dayton Dinsmore of South Thomaston for taking third place in the Men’s Runners without Dogs class at 26 minutes and 38 seconds.

The Run-A-Hound 5K benefits 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.

Despite the rain, the dogs were smiling. (photo by of Adrienne Randall)

Despite the rain, the dogs were smiling. (photo by of Adrienne Randall)

A crowd gathered at Youthlinks for the 2013 Run-A-Hound 5K. (photo by of Adrienne Randall)
A crowd gathered at Youthlinks for the 2013 Run-A-Hound 5K. (photo by of Adrienne Randall)

 

April 24, 2013

Grant Supports Local After-School Programs

Left to right:  Youthlinks Program Director Amie Hutchison and Five Town CTC Executive Director Dalene Dutton

Left to right: Youthlinks Program Director Amie Hutchison and Five Town CTC Executive Director Dalene Dutton

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Group recently awarded a $90,000 grant to support after-school programs in mid-coast Maine. Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services and STAR, a program of Five Town Communities That Care (CTC) were the joint recipients of this generous funding. “Youthlinks and STAR have common goals,” says Youthlinks Director, Amie Hutchison. “Both programs are working to improve outcomes for middle school students by providing skill building programs and meaningful volunteer opportunities.” “We are excited to be working with Broadreach and Youthlinks in this way. Collaboration provides us with the opportunity to share resources and expertise and ensures that every dollar goes even further,” added Five Town CTC Executive Director, Dalene Dutton. Another common goal of Youthlinks and STAR is to create a generation of life-long community-minded volunteers.
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG) oversees Maine’s participation in the federal juvenile justice initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to help states craft effective responses to the problems of juvenile crime and violence; and to reduce delinquency and youth violence by providing community members with skills, knowledge, and opportunities to foster a healthy and nurturing environment that supports the growth and development of productive and responsible citizens.
Youthlinks’ mission is to empower youth to commit to themselves and their communities, broaden their horizons, and acquire healthy life skills through focused enrichment programs and meaningful volunteer work. Youthlinks offers a diverse menu of in-school, after-school, and summer programs to engage a broad base of youth with varying interests. Their programs rely on creating mutually beneficial relationships with other area non-profit agencies. Through these opportunities, youth are exposed to new experiences, develop new knowledge and skills and develop pride in the service they give to their community.
The STAR Program seeks to provide opportunities for youth to learn skills that they can use in service to their community, to provide recognition for the contributions of young people, and to connect youth to other places where they can use their newly acquired skills. Youths who have confidence in their basic skills are apt to become involved in groups where healthy development is fostered. For the spring cycle of STAR, students will participate in one of the following classes: Knit Wits, Exploring Through the Arts, Hands On Science, Animal Antics, Aldermere Farm Hands, Martial Arts, Cooking, and Improvisational Drama.
STAR is open to 5th-8th graders in the towns of Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, and Rockport. It is the flagship program of Five Town Communities That Care, whose mission is to promote healthy youth and to prevent problem adolescent behaviors such as substance abuse, violence, delinquency, school dropout, teenage pregnancy, and suicide.
Youthlinks and the STAR program are available at no cost to participants thanks to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group grant and generous donations from community members, organizations, and businesses. For more information on Youthlinks, visit www.youthlinksonline.org or call 594-2221. For information on Five Town Communities That Care, visit www.fivetownctc.org or call 236-9800.

April 18, 2013

Local businesses offer prizes at Youthlinks’ Run-A-Hound 5K

The Run-A-Hound 5K banner marks the race's finish line at Youthlinks.

The Run-A-Hound 5K banner marks the race’s finish line at Youthlinks.

Saturday, April 20th Youthlinks will hold its third annual Run-A-Hound 5K for runners and dogs.

Local businesses have shown a great amount of enthusiasm and support for this year’s event.  Camden Hospital for Animals and Loyal Biscuit are sponsoring the race.  Hole in the Wall Bagels, Rock City Café, Hannaford and Safe Harbor Confections are providing fuel for the runners and StrongerFasterHealthier is providing samples of Omega-3 fish oil supplements for the pooches.

Everyone will have a chance to win something at the race.  Door prizes include a private dance lesson and group dance session at Swing & Sway Dancing, a $50 gift certificate from Yankee Clipper, a $30 gift certificate to Maine Sport, a day pass to Maine Boats & Harbors Show, a Boatyard Dog hat, a Boatyard Dog t-shirt, a $25 gift certificate to Planet Toys, a $10 gift certificate to Maine Street Meats, a WRFR t-shirt and CD, and a University of Rockland sweatshirt.  The top runner with a dog will be awarded a $50 gift certificate from Loyal Biscuit and a $75 gift certificate from the Camden Hospital for Animals.  The top male runner without a dog will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Penobscot Bay YMCA.  The top female runner without a dog will receive a $50 gift certificate to Mr. Wat Sushi & Noodles and a $50 gift certificate to Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital.

The race will be held rain or shine at Youthlinks, located at 420 Broadway in Rockland, on Saturday, April 20th at 9:30am. Participants are asked to park at OHS-East. 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 will be available on active.com until Friday, April 19th.  The race route, schedule of events and a link to register are available online at youthlinksonline.org/runahound5k.

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.

 

April 11, 2013

One Month Left to Enter to Win your Maine Dream Vacation

One lucky winner and a travelling companion will enjoy a one-of-a-kind dream vacation in the midcoast of Maine.

One lucky winner and a travelling companion will enjoy a one-of-a-kind dream vacation in the midcoast of Maine.

Once again the Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce and Youthlinks have teamed up to sponsor The Maine Dream Vacation Raffle.  Proceeds benefit the free youth programs of Youthlinks and the community development work of the Chamber.

The amazing prize package is made possible through the generous donations of local businesses. The lucky winner and companion will enjoy three nights at the Samoset Resort on the Ocean, including a round of golf.  They will dine each night at a different restaurant: La Bella Vita Ristorante, Rockport; the Craignair Inn & Restaurant, Spruce Head; and The Youngtown Inn & Restaurant, Lincolnville.

The winner will also be treated to a biplane tour over Penobscot Bay, courtesy of the Owls Head Transportation Museum, a sail aboard the Schooner Olad, Camden and passes to the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland.

The prize also includes round-trip airfare for two from Boston to Rockland, courtesy of Cape Air, and $500 in spending money courtesy of Bangor Savings Bank.  Travel is June 7th -10th and the drawing is in May.

This prize would make the staycation of a life time, or be a dream vacation for a lucky visitor.  “I see this as a win-win,” says Youthlinks Program Director, Amie Hutchison. “Every $25 dollars stays right in our community, encouraging development and supporting kids.  The chance to win this amazing prize is pretty great bonus.”

The price is $25 a ticket. Raffle sales are being conducted by Youthlinks through the website www.mainedreamvacationraffle.com.

Visit www.mainedreamvacationraffle.com to buy tickets and for more information (including the rules).

Proceeds of the Maine Dream Vacation Raffle benefit the community service programs of Youthlinks (www.youthlinksonline.org). Through participation in Youthlinks, Midcoast youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to peers, adult mentors, and their communities. All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. 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 (www.broadreachmaine.org).

April 9, 2013

Thorndike Creamery cooks with teens in Youthlinks program

Students Kat Howarth and Takoda Peasley are ready to serve their handmade pizza at the St. Peter's soup kitchen on Saturday, March 9th.

Students Kat Howarth and Takoda Peasley are ready to serve their handmade pizza at the St. Peter’s soup kitchen on Saturday, March 9th.

Sarah Vokey and Christian Willey of the Thorndike Creamery in Rockland joined the Youthlinks Soup Kitchen program on Tuesday, February 26.  Each week students in the Youthlinks Soup Kitchen program are joined by a local chef who shares a signature dish with the group and teaches kitchen safety skills. Students take these learned skills to prepare a meal one Saturday a month at the St. Peter’s soup kitchen in Rockland.

Vokey, owner of the popular pizza and ice cream parlor in Rockland, came prepared with all the ingredients required to make a perfect pizza from scratch.  Though Youthlinks staff and program participants were asked to keep the recipes secret, all were shown how to make a signature Thorndike pizza. Vokey showed students the proper technique to making pizza dough without over-kneading. Willey showed students how to stretch the dough over their hands, which requires a gentle, yet firm touch. Willey also demonstrated some impressive dough tossing skills, which no participant dared mimic.

From left: Thorndike Creamery Kitchen Manager Christian Willey, Youthlinks participant Kat Howarth, Owner of the Thorndike Creamery Sarah Vokey, and Youthlinks participant Takoda Peasley.

From left: Thorndike Creamery Kitchen Manager Christian Willey, Youthlinks participant Kat Howarth, Owner of the Thorndike Creamery Sarah Vokey, and Youthlinks participant Takoda Peasley.

 

During the process of cooking a sauce from scratch, Vokey pointed out the difference in flavor between a raw tomato and the complexity of a cooked sauce, encouraging students to taste the sauce before and after the introduction of fresh herbs. Students were able to create their own 10 inch pizza to take home. Vokey showed students how to bake a pizza in a home oven with the help of a makeshift bread paddle by way of a wooden cutting board.   On Saturday, March 9th, students Kat Howarth and Takoda Peasley were joined by Youthlinks program managers Sarah Woodman and Josie Gates at the St. Peter’s soup kitchen. Kat and Takoda used the lessons shared by Willey and Vokey to create a pizza lunch for soup kitchen diners. The two students used tomato sauce and pizza dough made with the Thorndike recipe, chopped vegetables and pepperoni for toppings, and baked their own pizzas to serve to guests. Students also provided a green salad and an apple crisp for dessert.

Student Kat Howarth stated that it was “Definitely interesting to learn how they make the pizza, which is the best pizza in town. And it was a great experience to volunteer at the soup kitchen. It was really nice of them to come.” 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 8, 2013

Rockland After-School Alliance Students Participate in the Sugaring Season at Aldermere Farm

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By Josie Gates

RASA students Kasey Campbell and Cody Hall calculate how much maple syrup they could make with the sap they gathered.

RASA students Kasey Campbell and Cody Hall calculate how much maple syrup they could make with the sap they gathered.

 Rockland After-School Alliance (RASA) participants ventured to Aldermere Farm in Rockport to learn about the maple-sugaring season and process in Maine. Aldermere Farm holds community sap gathering and boiling events throughout the sugaring season, and this year was able to offer Sap to Syrup, a seven-week long after-school program to students through RASA.

Each week the students visited the farm and with the instruction of Sarah Post, Aldermere’s Program Manager, and Youthlinks AmeriCorps Program Manager, Josie Gates, learned how to identify sugar maple trees that were okay to be tapped. Students then participated in the tapping and gathering process. Kids learned that sugar sap is not the sticky brown sap that gets stuck to their hands and clothes, but is in fact a clear liquid that tastes like sugar water. They quickly realized the important role that weather patterns play in determining how much sap flows during the sugaring season, and how many gallons of sap it takes to make just one gallon of syrup. Students got a chance to see a sugar shack in action as Aldermere’s General Manager, Ron Howard, demonstrated the boiling and evaporation process that turns the sugary sap water into thick and dark maple syrup.

The Sap to Syrup program was a great way for RASA students to see the sugaring season from start to finish—from cleaning out the cobwebs in the sap buckets in early February, to hauling gallons of sap from the sugar bush back to the sugar shack, to eating vanilla ice cream topped with maple syrup on their last visit.

RASA is a program of Youthlinks offered in collaboration with RSU 13 and 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 contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA.

RASA student Winter Cormier inspects how much sap has collected into the buckets since their previous visit to the Aldermere Farm.

RASA student Winter Cormier inspects how much sap has collected into the buckets since their previous visit to the Aldermere Farm.

Aldermere Farm’s Manager Ron Howard demonstrates how sap boils and evaporates to become maple syrup.

Aldermere Farm’s Manager Ron Howard demonstrates how sap boils and evaporates to become maple syrup.

March 14, 2013

RASA Zombie Survivial Team

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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 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.

February 21, 2013

RASA Farm Hands Program at Aldermere Farms

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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

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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.

January 30, 2013

Rockland Middle School Students participate in RASA Cooking Matters class

The Rockland After School Alliance Cooking Matters class

For the past seven weeks middle school students who participated in the Rockland After School Alliance (RASA) program Cooking Matters have been cooking up a storm. Each week, the participants worked with Chef Nancy Wood to create delicious healthy m

 eals and learn food preparation, safety and cooking vocabulary. After each class participants went home with the ingredients for the day’s recipes to prepare at home with their families.
Students also worked with FoodCorps volunteer and nutritionist Genna Cherichello to make sense of the nutritional value of the dishes that they were preparing as well as become better acquainted with how to read food labels and make healthy food choices. Cherichello helped the students put their math skills to the test with the “Blubber Burger” project. During the exercise students selected a fast food restaurant meal and added up the total grams of fat. Students converted grams into teaspoons and measured the total amount in shortening, which they then spread on a hamburger bun. Thankfully the sandwiches were not eaten but they did provide a powerful visual reference for the students who might think twice about ordering their favorite fast food meal. The students went home with the recipe and ingredients for baked sweet potato fries.
A highlight of the Cooking Matters program was the students’ field trip to the Rockland Hannaford for a grocery store tour. At Hannaford the students learned the difference between buying by the pound verses buying by the package, and why cereal and other preserved packaged food is kept in the center aisles and fresh produce and meat are kept along the perimeter of the store. Each student went home that day with their favorite piece of fruit plus donated reusable grocery bags from Hannaford.

Students prepare a salad for their Extreme Food Makeover challenge

The Cooking Matters program is sponsored on a national level by ConAgra Foods and Walmart.  The Good Shepherd Food Bank and Hannaford sponsor the program in Maine and have helped bring the program to RASA. Nancy Wood and Genna Cherichello volunteered their time each week to plan and teach the program alongside Youthlinks Program Manager, Josie Gates. 
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 contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA.

November 20, 2012

Rockland Middle School Students Investigate Crime Scences

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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

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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.

October 25, 2012

AmeriCorps member Sarah Woodman joins Youthlinks team

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Sarah Woodman joined Youthlinks in September

Broadreach Family & Community Services is pleased to welcome Sarah Woodman to the Youthlinks team.  Sarah Woodman is an AmeriCorps Great Strides volunteer, proud to be serving her hometown of Rockland. Sarah holds a BA degree from the University of Maine, where she studied English and Philosophy. Sarah worked at the University of Maine in the office of the Dean of Education and Human Development, as a tutor for the university’s Writing Center, and as an assistant to Professor Elizabeth Allan. Locally, Sarah has worked as a barista, a bread baker, a bookstore assistant, and a pastry baker for three well-loved Rockland businesses. She enjoys long walks, the ocean, movies, swimming, rabbits, reading, baking, gardening, meeting new people, philosophy, traveling, looking at art, and great conversations. When asked why she joined Youthlinks, she answered, “We’re lucky to live in an area with so many talented people willing to share such a wide variety of skills: art, music, cooking, education, craftsmanship. I’m excited to help strengthen the connection between young adults and the mid-coast community. The greatest influences on my life were people I connected with as a high school student, right here in Rockland, and I am eager to help forge those connections for our current students as a member of AmeriCorps and Youthlinks. The mid-coast has evolved into a very special place, and it’s an exciting time to be working on the growth and development of our local community and the students who represent our community’s future.”

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.

October 11, 2012

Make A Difference Day, October 27th 2012

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Broadreach is asking staff and families to come help out on Make A Difference Day, October 27th from 9- noon. We know each one of you makes a difference EVERY DAY in the work you do in the community with children, teens, adults and families.

On October 27th, we are asking for help spiffing up Broadreach- so we can present a fresh, clean look to the community.  And bring family and friends- all are welcome!  Breakfast will be served, and all volunteers will get a t-shirt.

You can sign up to help at one of the following three Broadreach sites:

  • Broadreach Main Office  5 Stephenson Lane, Belfast
  • Mid-Coast Children’s Services  272 Park Street, Rockland
  • Youthlinks  420 Broadway Rockland

Which site works best for you?  Let Deb know at 338-2200 Ext 112 or by emailing dschilder@brmaine.org

To volunteer or for more info, contact:

Deborah Schilder
Broadreach Family & Community Services
5 Stephenson Lane  Belfast, ME 04915
Phone:  207-338-2200 Ext 112      Fax:  207-338-1652
dschilder@brmaine.org      Web: www.broadreachmaine.org

October 10, 2012

Youthlinks Welcomes New AmeriCorps Volunteers

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AmeriCorps Volunteers, Josie Gates and Seth Walton, joined Youthlinks in September.

Boadreach Family & Community Services is pleased to welcome two new AmeriCorps volunteers to Youthlinks.  Seth Walton and Josie Gates both joined the Youthlinks team in September.  “We are thrilled to have Josie and Seth as part of the team this year; their energy and enthusiasm is inspiring,” says Youthlinks Program Director Amie Hutchison.

Seth Walton is an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and comes to Youthlinks and MidCoast Maine from Hillsboro, VA.  He holds a A.A. from Colorado Mountain College, a B.A. degree in Globalization and Politics, and a Master of Public Administration, both from University of Colorado at Denver.  Seth has been a Legislative Performance Auditor, Entomological Survey Specialist, Management Consultant, International Service Learning Program Coordinator, Volunteer EMT, Boatbuilder, Nautical Archeologist, Landscape Designer, Shuttle Van Driver, Burger Flipper, and Master Gardener.  He enjoys cooking, loitering in bookstores, daydreaming about sailing, making or fixing things, volunteering, and long walks in the woods.  When asked why he joined Youthlinks, he answered, “Youthlinks and AmeriCorps VISTA have provided a unique opportunity for me to use my diverse interests and skills in a mission to expand opportunities for area youth and help build a stronger community.  From my few weeks here, I can tell there is a lot of desire and momentum to improve an already great community and that is something I can get behind.  I really look forward to being a liaison between youth, schools, businesses, and local organizations.  It also doesn’t hurt that this area has great people, culture, food, and an awe inspiring natural beauty!”

Josie Gates is a first year AmeriCorps volunteer with the Great Strides Rural Education Corps.  Josie is from Camden, Maine and is currently living in Lincolnville, Maine with two friends and a golden retriever named Betty. She got her B.L.A. degree in Anthropology at Bennington College in 2011. She has travelled to Europe, the majority of the Caribbean islands, Central America, and lived in the South Pacific on the island of Samoa for half a year in 2011. Josie loves cooking, running, hiking, camping, and gardening. She especially loves any time that she gets to be on the ocean. She spends her summers on North Haven Island as the host at Nebo Lodge and pretty much thinks that Maine is the most beautiful place on earth.

Josie has worked with youth for many years as a camp counselor, mentor, and teacher. She loves seeing young people thrive on experiential learning and looks forward to getting kids out into Mid-Coast Maine’s communities. She wanted to work for Youthlinks because of the non-profit’s values surrounding community service and positive mentor relationships.  She looks forward to a great year ahead and learning and thing or two from the kids she works with.

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.

October 2, 2012

Per Diem Behavioral Health Professional wanted:

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Broadreach is looking for a Per Diem Behavioral Health Professional for Waldo and Knox counties, as well as the Waldoboro and Edgecomb communities, to work with Section 28 children and young adults. Full BHP certification is preferred, but Module 1 certified will be considered. Valid Maine Drivers License and insurance required, working knowledge of childhood intervention programs helpful. Excellent salary based on experience, as well as mileage reimbursement. Resume can be sent to Heather Ricker Morris @ hmorris@brmaine.org, faxed to (207) 338-1327, or contact by phone at 207-338-2200 ext 105.

August 21, 2012

Broadreach Family & Community Services announces its participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program

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Broadreach Family & Community Services of 5 Stephenson Lane Belfast, Maine 207-338-2200 announces its participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals are available at no separate charge to all enrolled participants without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.  For further information on participating centers, contact the above institution.

 

Child and Adult Care Food Program

Income Eligibility Guidelines

Effective from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013

Eligibility Scale For “FREE” Meals

 

Family Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

14,521

1,211

606

559

280

2

19,669

1,640

820

757

379

3

24,817

2,069

1,035

955

478

4

29,965

2,498

1,249

1,153

577

5

35,113

2,927

1,464

1,351

676

6

40,261

3,356

1,678

1,549

775

7

45,409

3,785

1,893

1,747

874

8

50,557

4,214

2,107

1,945

973

Each Additional Family Member

5,148

429

215

198

99

 

Eligibility Scale For “Reduced-Price” Meals

 

Family Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

20,665

1,723

862

795

398

2

27,991

2,333

1,167

1,077

539

3

35,317

2,944

1,472

1,359

680

4

42,643

3,554

1,777

1,641

821

5

49,969

4,165

2,083

1,922

961

6

57,295

4,775

2,388

2,204

1,102

7

64,621

5,386

2,693

2,486

1,243

8

71,947

5,996

2,998

2,768

1,384

Each Additional Family Member

7,326

611

306

282

141

 

Please Note:  When determining income at the monthly level, please use the following criteria:

Weekly Income x 4.333 weeks  Bi-weekly Income x 2.15 weeks

July 16, 2012

Early Childhood Education Openings for Preschoolers at Broadreach Family & Community Services

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 2:24 pm

Broadreach Family & Community Services is now excepting applications into our early childhood education programs in September 2012.  Full day options available in our early childhood inclusive programs for children ages 6 weeks to five located at 23 Mill Lane in Belfast.  The hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:00 PM for preschoolers and 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM for infants and toddlers. The children enrolled in this NAEYC accredited program will experience a wide variety of activities taught by certified teachers using the High Scope preschool curriculum.  The classrooms are equipped with materials designed to stimulate and challenge children, and each day provides new opportunities for children to build on the skills learned the day before.  The daily schedule provides opportunities for both indoor and outdoor play, nutritious meals, and a variety of fun and educational activities that ensures children develop the skills they need for kindergarten readiness and a lifetime of learning success.  

Similar to the services provided in our full day program, Broadreach offers a half day session for preschoolers (ages 3-5) in Searsport. This early childhood education program is located at the Searsport Elementary School and is offered Monday through Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30.  This classroom follows the RSU#20 school calendar.
The PreK (pre kindergarten) Program serves children who will have turned four years old by October 15, 2012 and is free to eligible children.  In partnership with RSU#3 and RSU#20, Broadreach currently have openings in our East Belfast, Searsport, Monroe, Brooks and Unity classrooms.  The children attending our PreK classroom will experience a wide variety of activities taught by state certified teachers relating to reading, writing and language preparing them to se successful learners in kindergarten.  Children will also receive a breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack each day for a minimal fee.
For more information and/or to enroll your child into one of our early childhood education programs, please contact Mary Bailey at 338-2200 ext. 101 or email mbailey@brmaine.org.

June 29, 2012

Youthlinks offers Free Summer Activities for High School Students

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 9:21 am

Top left and right: High school students prepare meals for the Soup Kitchen at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland
Bottom left: Student of Oceanside East records a sketch for Youthlinks’ Rockland Radio program at WRFR’s radio station

Youthlinks is in search of teens to help run a monthly Soup Kitchen at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and a weekly radio program at Rockland’s community radio station WRFR.  Both programs are free opportunities for high school students to learn new skills, earn community service hours and make new friends.

At the Soup Kitchen teens help prep, cook and serve meals to those in need.  Youthlinks runs the Soup Kitchen at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland from 10am to 2pm on the second Saturday of every month.  Saturday, July 14th is just around the corner, so sign up soon!

Since last September members of Youthlinks’ Rockland Radio wrote and recorded a number of sketches and announcements that rode the airwaves in the Rockland-Camden area and streamed across the World Wide Web.  Samples of their work can be heard at youthlinksonline.org/rocklandradio.htm.  Creative minds are needed once again to help run this weekly program every Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm.

All Youthlinks programs are free!  For more information or to register, visit www.youthlinksonline.org/ohs or call 594-2221.  Program space is limited, sign up today.

For more information concerning Youthlinks, please call Amie Hutchison, Youthlinks Program Director, at 594-2221. 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 on Broadreach programs and services visit www.broadreachmaine.org.

May 29, 2012

Hi everyone please take time to get BALLOTS and to VOTE!!!!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sue Dirosario @ 3:41 pm

Hi everyone please take time to get BALLOTS and to VOTE!!!!!! :  

it’s that time of year again when the “BEST of the BEST of Waldo County” ballots are out…..We would like to renew our current titles of:

Best PreSchool

Best Day Care!!!

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We need your help in getting the word out to families, colleagues and friends! Ballots can be found in the Republican Journal.

As you know it does take a bit of time but it’s well worth it!!!!!!!!!!!

Our deadline is June 22 th to return and ballots can be delivered to the front desk here in the main office…

Please let families and friends know why taking a few minutes to complete this ballot is so important!

NOW is time to reinforce Broadreach is the BEST of the BEST!!!!!

Please let me know if you have any questions! And please spread the word!

Thanks in advance!!! Kate Quinn Finlay

 

May 21, 2012

Youthlinks in Transition

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 2:21 pm

For over thirty years, Youthlinks has provided a wide range of programming that empower local youth to commit to themselves and their community.  Through focused enrichment activities and meaningful volunteer work, youth gain knowledge and skills which serve as a foundation for a lifetime of success.    This year, Youthlinks provided over 600 mid-coast youth (aged 11-17) with service learning, skills building, arts and healthy living activities. 

Over its three decades of operation, Youthlinks has seen its share of changes. The organization has continually evolved in response to changes in youth and community need, and funding capacity.  A constant has been providing high quality programming to area youth with the support of the community.  In 2007, Youthlinks merged with Broadreach Family & Community Services, and expanded programming to serve Waldo and Lincoln County youth in addition to Rockland area youth. 

Today, new government funding cuts are challenging the capacity of Youthlinks, along with most other youth programs across the state.  In order to continue to serve area youth in the face of significant funding reductions, Youthlinks is entering a period of reorganization.  To that end, Youthlinks sadly announces it will be saying goodbye to four exemplary professionals who have served as long-time youth workers and staff members to the program:
 
Scott Browning has coordinated Youthlinks’ high school programs for several years.  He taught himself bicycle repair in order to run the Recycle-A-Cycle program, created the successful Run-A-Hound 5k and led the Skatepark Revitalization project. He has a gift for collaboration, bringing in new community partners and creating opportunities for students to be heard by their community – including helping prepare a youth group for a city council presentation.

Hilary Flagg will forever be known at Rockland District Middle School for Glee! Club.  When a group of middle students requested this program, Hilary swung into action.  She spent hours getting the program going: working with students to build the confidence they needed for public showcases and learning piano accompaniments to support student performances.     One of Youthlinks most popular programs, over 90 middle school students have participated in GLEE over the past 15 months. Hilary is a gifted teacher and has taught prevention education to hundreds of RSU 13 students over the past three years.
 
Ashley Megquier has run programs in Belfast and Rockland for six years.  Her passion for the arts has inspired hundreds of students.  Ashley has proven that art is everywhere and can be made from everything – from turning a community service beach clean up into masterpieces to making sculptures out of vegetables. 

Caitlin Schick created some of Youthlinks most ambitious programming.   She has taught youth surfing, created a mentorship program for high school skateboarders to share their skills with younger students, taught a team of local student zombies choreography for a world record ‘Thriller’ dance attempt and led a team of Youthlinks summer campers and one amazing shelter dog to win top honors at the International Boatyard Dog competition.

This year, over 60% of Rockland District Middle School and Oceanside East students participated in one or more Youthlinks programs.  Starting with Summer Camp 2012, Youthlinks program will continue- though with reduced staffing, fewer youth slots and a smaller geographic reach.  In the coming months Youthlinks will be reaching out to parents, students, and community and business leaders to guide the program’s transition as it works to continue to meet youth and community need in a challenging economy.  Youthlinks working to stabilize funding, build our volunteer base and ensure the program will continue to serve Rockland area youth for generations to come.  Youthlinks wishes Scott, Hilary, Ashley and Caitlin the best as they move on to new endeavors.

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.

March 23, 2012

March 31st: Party Progressively – Two Parties, Once Price

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 4:50 pm

Youthlinks’ third annual I Pity The Fool fundraising dance is gearing up to be the most awesome yet.  Hot Pink Flannel is teaming up with Youthlinks to create a two stop progressive party.  On March 31st start your night at 7:00 pm Yvette Torres Fine Art on Winter Street in Rockland for great music and ‘80s fun.  The Nikki Hunt Band is back with ‘80s tunes and her lighted hula- hoops.  There will be contests and great prizes, so dress for success.  We’ll even provide a moustache making station to get you ready for stop number 2:  Hot Pink Flannel’s ‘Stashe Bash at Amalfi on the Water.  Your $10 I Pity the Fool admission fee goes to support the free after-school of Youthlinks and includes admission to the ‘Stashe Bash!  To sweeten the deal, Hot Pink Flannel will be raffling off a ‘Stashe Bashket at the ‘Stashe Bash and the only way to enter is with your I Pity the Fool ticket.

Not convinced that the ‘80s and mustaches go together?  Just think Hulk Hogan, Magnum P.I. or Mr. Belvedere.  Got it?

I Pity the Fool is sponsored by Café Miranda, Yvette Torres Fine Art, RHEAL Day Spa, Hot Pink Flannel and Machias Savings Bank.  Raffle and contest prizes have been generously donated by many local businesses.  See the complete list at  http://youthlinksonline.org/events.htm#sponsors.

Tickets are available at the door or by calling Youthlinks at 594-2221.
For more information find us on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/groups/ipitythefool/.

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.

March 14, 2012

Date set for 2nd annual Run-A-Hound 5k to benefit Youthlinks

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 1:46 pm

By Scott Browning

 

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

 The Run-A-Hound 5k race will start and finish at Youthlinks, located at 420 Broadway in Rockland, on Saturday, April 14th at 9:30am. Participants are asked to park at OHS-East. There will be door prizes, 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 or by stopping the Youthlinks office.

Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services, serves over 500 Mid-Coast youth a year through free after-school programs and summer camp. Many of the programs include service-learning and animals. The 5k is modeled on one of Youthlinks’ popular service programs, Run-A-Hound, in which high school students volunteer with local animal shelters by taking dogs out for a run to exercise and train them.  All proceeds from the race will support Youthlinks after-school programs.

Event and prize sponsors are being sought.  Businesses wishing to participate can contact Scott Browning at Youthlinks 207-594-2221 or email sbrowning@brmaine.org.

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.

February 23, 2012

Youthlinks Seeks Sponsors for Third Annual I Pity the Fool Fundraising Dance

Filed under: Broadreach Events,Uncategorized — Vicky @ 2:39 pm
The Nikki Hunt Band is back by popular demand for the 3rd Annual I Pity the Fool '80s Dance on March 31st

Photo courtesy of Jesse Stuart 2011

Youthlinks third annual I Pity The Fool fundraising dance is gearing up to be the most awesome yet. Café Miranda is once again co-sponsoring the ‘80s themed event that will support the free after-school programs of Youthlinks. Live music will be provided by the Nikki Hunt Band, back by popular demand from last year’s event. This year’s dance is on Saturday March 31 at an exciting new location, the beautiful downtown gallery Yvette Torres Fine Art.

Event and prize sponsors are being sought. Last year over a dozen great prizes were awarded in categories such as best outfit and best hair. Businesses wishing to participate can contact Joelle Albury at Youthlinks 207-594-2221 or email jalbury@brmaine.org.

Tickets for the event will go on sale in March. For more information find us on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/groups/ipitythefool/.

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.

February 17, 2012

Active Parenting Now classes in Rockland beginning March 8th

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 3:09 pm

Most parents want their children to be respectful; to follow family rules; to help out at home; to learn from their mistakes; and to succeed at school. The Active Parenting Now program offered by Broadreach Family & Community Services supports parents of children aged 5 to 12 to help their children meet those goals. Active Parenting Now classes will begin in Rockland on Thursday March 8th at the Rockland District Middle School. Classes will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm. This program offers 6 two-hour sessions and has been shown to improve parents’ confidence and ability. This program is part of a scheduled series of classes offered by Broadreach in Waldo and Knox Counties.

Active Parenting Now is a video-based education program targeted to parents of 5 to 12-year-olds who want to improve their parenting skills. Class material promotes mutual respect among family members within a democratically run family. The program teaches parents how to raise a child by using encouragement, building the child’s self-esteem, and creating a relationship with the child based upon active listening, honest communication, and problem solving. It also teaches parents to use natural and logical consequences to reduce irresponsible and unacceptable behaviors.

These parent classes will be open to all parents and child care will be provided during class. Because of grant funds awarded by the Maine Children’s Trust, there will be no cost for parents who want to participate.

Broadreach provides a variety of services to young parents and their children in Waldo and Knox Counties. Broadreach services have been making a critical difference in the lives of area children and families since 1983. Each year over 2,000 families with children benefit from the agency’s quality education and support programs. Broadreach has over a quarter of century expertise in delivering parenting education, family support, early childhood education and family literacy programming. Other provided parent education options include Kids First, Guiding Good Choices, and the Nurturing Fathers Program.

If you would like to learn how to register for Active Parenting Now, or learn more about our parent education offerings, please call Patrick Walsh at 207-338-2200 ext 109 or contact by e-mail pwalsh@brmaine.org.

February 8, 2012

Blubber Burger Anyone?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 2:59 pm

Article written by Youthlinks Program Manager Scott Browning

Chef Nancy Wood from Amalfi on the Water teaches RASA students how to make baked sweet potato fries during the Cooking Matters program.

Local middle school students make “blubber burgers” in an after-school program. This “burger” represents the total grams of fat in a chain restaurant meal of mozzarella sticks, ribs, and a shake.

Rockland After-School Alliance (RASA) participants are cooking up delicious dishes each week all while having fun learning about healthy food choices in the Cooking Matters program.

Another session of Cooking Matters will be offered in RASA’s spring session which begins March 6th. Middle School Students can sign up for this and other RASA programs by visiting www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA.

Program participants recently put their math skills to work with University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Nutrition Associate Beth Chamberlain. The project was to select their favorite fast food restaurant meals and add up the total grams of fat. Students converted grams into teaspoons and measured it out in shortening to make a sandwich. Of course the sandwiches weren’t eaten, but they provided plenty to make the pre-teens think twice about their choices when ordering from the drive through. Each week students learn how to make healthy meals at home. In this class, the menu included Baked Sweet Potato Fries and Baked Flaked Chicken.

Each week, the participants work with Chef/Restaurant Owner Nancy Wood, from Amalfi on the Water, to create delicious healthy meals. The participants then go home with all the ingredients to cook for their families. Cooking Matters is a program of Share Our Strength and teaches skills such as knife and food safety along with nutrition education such as understanding the USDA’s “MyPlate” and how to read nutrition labels. The program is sponsored on a national level by ConAgra Foods and Walmart. The Good Shepherd Food Bank and Hannaford sponsor the program in Maine and have helped bring the program to RASA. Beth Chamberlain and Nancy Wood volunteer their time each week to plan and teach the program alongside Youthlinks Program Manager, Scott Browning.

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 3, 2012

RASA Participants Build It

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — Vicky @ 9:37 am

RASA program participants Sam Ward, Sumir Mahonen, and Prem Ruklittikul try their hand at designing free-standing towers as part of the “Build It” after-school program. “Build It” gives students a chance to be engineers as they create buildings, bridges, boats and more. Visit www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA to learn more about the upcoming spring session of RASA programming, including February Break Week Camp, which will include a whole new set of building projects!

December 19, 2011

RASA Medieval Challenge Game Blends Science, History, Fun

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 2:47 pm

Students in Conquer the Castle, a Rockland After-School Alliance (RASA) club, don’t quite act like a typical middle school student. Enter the lair of the program, and you may be introduced to valiant ‘knights’ like the Swan Warrior, Esmerelda of Star Kingdom, Vallicis the Dark, or Steve the Viking. You will find the allied forces of Conquer the Castle working tirelessly to construct bridges, towers, or catapults to topple to reign of the tyrannical Queen Brunhilde, also known as Youthlinks Program Manager Caitlin Schick. Decorated in a hand designed coat of arms, each knight in the program is challenged to design and build mini-feats of science every program session in hopes of advancing closer to the castle of Brunhilde to set the inhabitants of her Kingdom Valkyrie free from her crushing rule.

Conquer the Castle strives to stimulate the imaginations of its students with Medieval fantasy, scientific inquiry and engineering strategy with every challenge. The program operates on a captivating legend of an evil queen, and in order to be victorious, students must work together in tightly timed challenges to propel their knights and allies forward on a game board. Some challenges required students to build a bridge made only of spaghetti and tape capable of holding a set weight, or creating a marshmallow catapult capable of hitting a target fifteen feet away. With every successful accomplishment, the knights travel further through the mythical Kingdom of Valkyrie, closer to meeting up with the Queen for their final challenge. Every student must think quickly, work cooperatively, and strategize effectively in order to advance.

Conquer the castle is one of over 20 RASA clubs offered at Rockland District Middle School this fall. The winter session begins in January and registration is now underway.

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 call Amie Hutchison, RASA Project Coordinator, at Youthlinks: 594-2221. For more information on Broadreach programs and services visit www.broadreachmaine.org

Waterfall Arts and Youthlinks Collaborate to Offer Free After-School Program

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 2:42 pm

Waterfall Arts and Youthlinks are combining forces this winter to provide a free after-school arts program where students will learn to transform what many might consider trash into functional and aesthetically pleasing works of art. In the “Eco-Craft” program, students will give new life to junk mail, old board games, t-shirts, bubble wrap and aluminum cans by creating duct tape wallets, journals, jewelry, sculptures, and more. Participants will work both individually and collaboratively on projects, with the program culminating in the design of a group piece done in cardboard for submission to Waterfall’s upcoming “Corrugation Nation” show.

The Eco-Craft group will meet Thursdays 2:45-5pm, from January 12th to February 16th at Waterfall Arts in Belfast. This program is free and open to all students in Waldo County ages 12-15. For more information or to register a student, contact Ashley at 975-3878.

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 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.
Founded in 2000, Waterfall Arts is a donor supported, nonprofit, contemporary art center with locations in Belfast and Montville Maine. The organization’s mission is to create community in harmony with nature through the transformative power of the arts. Waterfall Arts offers classes, lectures, residencies and other educational events for all ages as well as onsite studio and gallery space. Waterfall Arts Belfast is located at 256 High Street. Visit waterfallarts.org or call 207 338-2222 for more information.

December 15, 2011

RASA Medieval Challenge Game Blends Science, History, Fun

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 5:16 pm

Students in Conquer the Castle, a Rockland After-School Alliance (RASA) club, don’t quite act like a typical middle school student. Enter the lair of the program, and you may be introduced to valiant ‘knights’ like the Swan Warrior, Esmerelda of Star Kingdom, Vallicis the Dark, or Steve the Viking. You will find the allied forces of Conquer the Castle working tirelessly to construct bridges, towers, or catapults to topple to reign of the tyrannical Queen Brunhilde, also known as Youthlinks Program Manager Caitlin Schick. Decorated in a hand designed coat of arms, each knight in the program is challenged to design and build mini-feats of science every program session in hopes of advancing closer to the castle of Brunhilde to set the inhabitants of her Kingdom Valkyrie free from her crushing rule.
Conquer the Castle strives to stimulate the imaginations of its students with Medieval fantasy, scientific inquiry and engineering strategy with every challenge. The program operates on a captivating legend of an evil queen, and in order to be victorious, students must work together in tightly timed challenges to propel their knights and allies forward on a game board. Some challenges required students to build a bridge made only of spaghetti and tape capable of holding a set weight, or creating a marshmallow catapult capable of hitting a target fifteen feet away. With every successful accomplishment, the knights travel further through the mythical Kingdom of Valkyrie, closer to meeting up with the Queen for their final challenge. Every student must think quickly, work cooperatively, and strategize effectively in order to advance.
Conquer the castle is one of over 20 RASA clubs offered at Rockland District Middle School this fall. The winter session begins in January and registration is now underway.
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 call Amie Hutchison, RASA Project Coordinator, at Youthlinks: 594-2221. For more information on Broadreach programs and services visit www.broadreachmaine.org

November 2, 2011

Rockland Glee Club Takes the Stage

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 4:35 pm

Photo by Hilary Flagg

Rockland District Middle School’s fledgling Glee Club has continued to flourish this year.  Youthlinks, through the Rockland After-School Alliance, offered its third session of Glee this fall, and the response from students has been overwhelmingly positive.  A group of fifteen dedicated middle students brought their love of music to weekly rehearsals, and last Friday afternoon they had the chance to show off the product of all their hard work; during the RASA end-of-session showcase, the Glee club took the stage to perform 3 song and dance routines for an audience of friends and family.
Included in the performance were the following songs and featured soloists:  Firework, featuring Makaila Hickey, Lizzy Clark, and Effie Monroe; Thriller / Heads Will Roll, featuring Delia Saastamoinen, Mckaylee Morris, Alex O’Brien, Tegan Simmons, Caleb Bellen, and Anna Poisson; and Loser Like Me, featuring Zoe Goff, Gracie Vicente, Nick Blastow, and Anna Poisson.
Returning participant Delia Saastamoinen says that Glee Club continues to be fun because there are always new opportunities to try songs and audition for solos:  “Glee Club is so fun and a lot of my friends are in it,” she says, “Anyone can audition for a solo in any song, so everyone has a chance to get a special part.”  Others, including Tegan Simmons, have said they stick with the program because “The song choices are awesome!  I love to sing and dance, and we always have fun.”  Mckaylee Morris admitted that she has some stage fright, but says that Glee has helped her to stop “being afraid to sing in front of people.”  Others echo that sentiment, saying that they like challenging themselves to sing on-stage, learn new lyrics, and test their voices.
The Glee Club’s recent performance caps off the fall session, but November 7th marks the start of another Gleeful 6 weeks!  Rockland District Middle School students are encouraged to sign up for the program as soon as possible–spaces in the club fill up fast!  Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, is part of the Rockland After-School Alliance (RASA) and provides community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to all youth ages 11-17 from anywhere in mid-coast Maine. RASA 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 programs are free for participating youth. For more information, visit www.youthlinksonline.org, or call 207-594-2221.

September 27, 2011

Fabulous Food of the Midcoast “is what’s for dinner” this October 6th!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 12:36 pm

Broadreach Family & Community Services reports that the list of participating food and beverage providers has grown to include Fresh of Camden, Marshall Wharf Brewing and Rollie’s Bar and Grill of Belfast, and State of Maine Cheese of Rockport, bringing to 18 the number of businesses who will be providing food and drink to attendees at the event at Point Lookout on Thursday October 6th beginning at 5:30 pm.

Broadreach Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay reports that her staff is “thankful and humbled by the community support we have received for this important fundraising event.” Event Coordinator Patrick Walsh says that he has been “overwhelmed with the quality and range of 125 items donated for the Live and Silent Auctions”. A number of local artists have donated original work and limited edition prints to be included in a Silent Art Auction. Another Silent Auction will provide for shopping and travel packages. Love a train, bid on passes to Amtrak from Portland to Boston and return, or a round trip from Rockland to Brunswick, or ride the historic Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad right in the locomotive or the caboose between Belfast and Brooks. Cruise on the Schooner Surprise, on the Monhegan Boat or in a kayak with Solomon the cat on True’s Pond. Or how about books on the history of Maine’s Windjammer Fleet or cookbooks of windjammer recipes? With the winning bid you can go on a delivery run in an 18 wheeler with Grindle Point Lobster Co. from here to Florida or points in between. How about an aerial photograph of your home or as a gift to someone in their new home. Maybe you want a complete collection of Nancy Drew Mysteries volumes 1 to 64? Dinner and a movie for four anyone? The auction will also feature massages, Cranial Sacral therapy or acupuncture, hair care, fuel, kitchen items, rabies vaccinations for your pet and green fees for your golfer. Handmade objects like beautiful heirloom quilts, knitted throws, pottery and jewelry. A signed photo of Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, 4 tickets to the Sea Dogs and a discount on lodging at the South Portland Comfort Inn for a getaway.

Walsh says that “today’s surprise was the donation of a Pirate Party from the Pirates of the Dark Rose. For a child’s party or another event, consider including the Pirates. These auctions promise to be a lot of fun and, though it sounds like a cliché, there will be something for everyone.”

Kate Quinn Finlay says “ A beautiful location, great food, good music, and a chance to bid on some terrific items, it is going to be amazing.”

For ticket information contact Patrick Walsh at 338-2200 ext 109 or pwalsh@brmaine.org.

Broadreach Family & Community Services has been serving children and families in Midcoast Maine since 1983.

September 14, 2011

Where Else Can You Sample Foods From Fine Midcoast Restaurants All In One Beautiful Setting?

The Fabulous Food of the Midcoast of course! One of Midcoast Maine’s most delicious fundraisers is really taking shape. With 14 restaurants and food vendors committed and more signing up, this year’s event promises to provide a unique dining experience. It is planned for Thursday October 6th at beautiful Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center Atlantic Highway, Northport. Amalfi On The Water, Belfast Coop Café, Cappy’s Chowder House, Creative Catering, Dessert Divas, Ducktrap River of Maine, Moran’s Hideaway Diner, Papa J’s & The Lobster Bar, Point Lookout’s kitchen, Ralph’s Café, the Restaurant at Penobscot Bay Inn, Starlight Custom Cakes, Waterfront Restaurant and the Whales’s Tooth Pub and Restaurant are all planning to share their food specialties with attendees at the event. Additional food vendors who will take part will be announced soon.

Planners have been excited about the art, craft items, experience opportunities, products, services and gift certificates that have been donated by local business friends and supporters. The Live Auction conducted by Belfast City Councilor Eric Sanders promises to be a great time. There is a planned Silent Auction of art from a number of local artists. Another Silent Auction will feature many great items.

Belfast Summer Nights impresario and local vaudeville cast member Ando Anderson will be providing music during the dinner hour with his sideman Jeff Densmore.

Live Auction items will include a handmade traditional quilt by Joan Herrick, a cable stitch throw from Patricia St. Andre, four one-day Disney Theme Park passes, a steel exterior door and a Velux Ventilating Window, a trip with Grindle Point Lobster on a delivery in a comfortable 18-wheeler, a Nook e-reader, a trip to Portland for a Sea Dogs game, lodging and a meal and there is much more. How about 100 gallons of fuel oil or two cords of wood, 3 hours of one-on-one tutoring for your student, a $200 + gift certificate for the Waldo County YMCA for membership or program expenses. More items are being added all the time and will be viewable shortly on the event webpage at www.ffom.brmaine.org.

Tickets can be purchased for $25 until October 1st and tickets at the door will cost $30. With a ticket you can sample the foods of your choice, enjoy the music and bid on some great items. Broadreach is grateful to Elm Street Printing and Graphics, Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center and VillageSoup for major financial support. Other supporters include Damariscotta Bank & Trust, Key Bank, FMC Biopolymer Corporation, Camden National Bank and WinsMor Garage Door Co.

Questions and ticket requests can be directed to Patrick Walsh at 338-2200 ext 109 or pwalsh@brmaine.org

July 28, 2011

Home, School & Community Support Coordinator

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Home, School & Community Support Coordinator (RCS-Section 28)

Immediate Full Time Opening: Private non-profit agency providing behavioral health services for children, and youth in Knox and Waldo Counties. Oversight of daily operations of, home, school and community support program for children and youth. Responsible for supervision of community and school based employees, writing treatments plans, providing school and community based Behavioral Health Professional Trainings.

Applicant must have a Bachelors Degree in Education, Social Work or related field. Experience working with children/youth with developmental delay, experience in supervision/management, ability to become trained to provide School and Community based BHP trainings. Candidates with an LCPC or LCSW are encouraged to apply.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Please send resume and cover letter by August  2011

Kate Quinn Finlay
Broadreach Family & Community Services
5 Stephenson Lane,
Belfast, ME 04915

July 24, 2011

New PreK Program for 4 Year Olds at Monroe Elementary School

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 9:13 pm

RSU#3 and Broadreach Family & Community Services are excited to announce that they will offer a Pre Kindergarten classroom at the Monroe Elementary School beginning September 6, 2011. This free program will be for preschool aged children who will be four years old by October 15, 2011 and residing in Monroe or Jackson. The Pre K classroom will be offered three days this school year, Tuesday through Thursday, and will follow the RSU #3 school calendar. The children enrolled in this program will experience a wide variety of activities taught by certified teachers relating to reading, writing and language preparing them to be successful learners in kindergarten. Children will also receive breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack each day for a minimal fee.
For more information and or to register for the Monroe PreK, please contact Dalene Sheldon at Broadreach , 338-2200 ext. 107 or 1877-733-2200.

June 23, 2011

New Literacy Outreach Stations for Waldo County

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Vicky @ 10:11 am

Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County (LVWC), a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, has received a grant from the Waldo County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to increase self-sufficiency and stability for area residents with literacy challenges. Broadreach will work with community partners to establish at least three Literacy Outreach Stations at local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Traditionally, LVWC tutors and adult learners make a six-month or longer intention to work together. While this schedule works for some in the community, there are other potential volunteers and service recipients who are not ready to make such a commitment but who might be interested in participating in a less intensive manner. The new Literacy Outreach Clinics will provide LVWC with the opportunity to
• create a greater presence in the community,
• serve more individuals and recruit more volunteers,
• reach potential learners at locations where they are already regularly accessing services, and
• create stronger partnerships with existing community service organizations.

LVWC Literacy Outreach Stations will provide benefits to recipients of the services, to those who volunteer their time and efforts to a worthy cause, as well as to the organizations that host them. Additionally, the project will raise community awareness about the issues of adult literacy challenges, increase awareness of available services by challenged community members, increase referrals for local service providers, increase participation in on-going literacy programming at LVWC and increase volunteerism in local communities.

LVWC is seeking community volunteers to provide literacy assistance, information and referrals to individuals at the Literacy Stations Clinics. A new volunteer training session is planned for later this summer. For more information about serving as a tutor for LVWC, or about the other programs of Broadreach Family and Community Services, please contact Patrick Walsh at 338-2200 Ext 109 or pwalsh@brmaine.org. Additional information about Broadreach is available at its website, www.BRMAINE.org and on Facebook.

Preschoolers in Unity to Enjoy Shady Play Thanks to Local Students

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Vicky @ 9:11 am

This summer, thanks to grants from local youth groups, preschoolers in Unity will enjoy improved outdoor play areas. Broadreach Family & Community Services was awarded two grants from the Jumpstart Our Youth (JOY) programs at Mt. View Junior High School and Mt. View High School. The JOY grant program is a collaborative project of Jobs for Maine Graduates and the Unity Foundation, designed to teach students about the critical roles that nonprofits play in meeting overwhelming community needs. Mt. View students spent several months reviewing grant proposals from area non-profits , and selected Broadreach was one of the award recipients.

Each year, the Broadreach Unity Early Childhood Program provides rich early childhood learning programs for seventy young children at its new location at the old Unity Elementary School. Broadreach will use the JOY grant funds to construct a shade structure to protect children from overexposure to damaging ultraviolet rays. Most children accumulate between 50% and 80% of their lifetime sun exposure before age 18, and it is proven that sun exposure over time is related to the risk of developing skin cancer.

Broadreach serves children, teens, adults and families across Waldo, Knox and Lincoln Counties. Our programs include early childhood education, community and enrichment programs for teens, case management services for children and adults, confidential literacy tutoring, parent education and much more.

The Unity Early Childhood Program is currently taking applications for fall 2011 programming. For more information about Broadreach’s many educational and support programs for children and families, please visit www.BRMaine.org or call 338-2200.

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