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August 21, 2018

Career Opportunity- After School Youth Mentor

Filed under: Career Openings,Prevention Services,Youthlinks — Vicky @ 7:04 pm

Youthlinks, a nonprofit youth development program of Broadreach Family & Community Services in Rockland, has been molding young lives in Knox County for 35 years. Employing caring and positive adult role models, Youthlinks engages elementary, middle and high school students in developing new skills, self-confidence, and a sense of belonging through community service, outdoor excursions, career exploration, homework support, and center-based activities, including our highly popular Grassroots Garden. Our mission is to improve student engagement in academic, family, and community life and to support young people’s successful journey from adolescence to adulthood.

 

We seek part-time Youth Mentors to support youth development and engagement activities under the direction of the Youthlinks Program Coordinator. This 20-hour-per week position requires 1:30-5:30pm weekdays during the school year, with occasional weekend hours required. Summer time 20 hours a week, times TBD.

 

The Job:

  • Assure safety of assigned youth at all times and ensure participation in the daily routine.
  • Participate in specialized training relevant to delivery of the Youthlinks program curriculum.
  • Transport youth participants to community events and from sending schools.
  • Responsible for a weekend shift at the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen once every other month to lead program participants and volunteers in the preparation and serving of meals.
  • Support youth in joining program activities and adapting these activities as needed under the supervision of the program coordinator.
  • Keep daily notes and writes quarterly progress reports on youth engagement, needs and growth.
  • Create an environment that promotes acquisition of new skills in all areas of youth development.
  • Provide families with information and resource support as requested.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 1 year of experience working with youth ages 10 to 18.
  • Valid Driver’s license, clean driving record and proof of insurance.
  • Knowledge of Knox County helpful.
  • Passion for working with adolescents.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all constituencies, including youth, employees, community members, parents, and school representatives.
  • Exceptional communication skills, including oral, in writing, and presentation skills.
  • Exceptional decision making and problem solving skills.
  • Experience and interest in vegetable and flower cultivation a plus.

Education Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Behavioral Health Professional Certification (or eligibility) desired but not required.
  • Clean Criminal History Records Check (CHRC).

Pay is $14 to $16 per hour depending on experience. To apply, please send resume and cover letter.

Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

To apply, email resume to:  srogers@brmaine.org

Career Opportunity- After School Program Coordinator

Filed under: Career Openings,Prevention Services,Youthlinks — Vicky @ 7:00 pm

The After School Program Coordinator, under the direction of the Broadreach Prevention Programs Director, assures safe, efficient and effective After School programming by overseeing delivery of a Century 21 Learning Community Center After School program and site operations, in keeping with the intended outcomes of a 21st Century Learning Community state grant. This grant is a partnership between Broadreach Family and Community Services and RSU 13.  Major tasks include curriculum development, implementation, program delivery, supervision of Program Assistants, Program Instructors and volunteers involved in all aspects of after school programming and services, program instructor and volunteer recruitment and coordination, student recruitment, parent engagement, and community-building activities that raise awareness of the After School program, share its outcomes, drive referrals and achieve program outcomes. Communication and collaboration with the schools where after school programs are provided is essential to the success of the program.

This is a 25-hour-per week non-exempt position which requires primarily afternoon hours weekdays during the school year and for a portion of the summer, times TBD.

Experience and Skill Requirements

The following experience and skills are considered essential:

  • At least 3 years of experience working with a community-based organization that provides services to children and youth.
  • Familiarity with evidence-based practices in working with at-risk youth and their families.
  • Well-developed organizational, computer and communication skills, including competence with Microsoft Windows and Office software products.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all constituencies, including youth, fellow employees, agency leadership, funders, regulatory agencies, and the community at large.
  • Ability and desire to interact with youth in a respectful, positive, compassionate manner. Ability to work independently and as part of a team, attention to detail and ability to take initiative and handle multiple tasks simultaneously required.
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills including networking, presentation and research.

Education Requirements

The following education requirements are considered essential:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, in Education, Social Work, Health Sciences.
  • Other: Valid and clean Maine driver’s license, as student transportation may be required of the coordinator position in the absence of other qualified staff.

Pay is $16-20 per hour depending on experience.  

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to the attention of:

Jennifer M. Tracey, LMFT,
Prevention Programs Director
Broadreach Family & Community Services
5 Stephenson Lane
Belfast, Maine 04915
f. 338-1652 or e.  jtracey@brmaine.org

August 16, 2016

Youthlinks Grassroots Garden Harvest Underway

Filed under: Broadreach Events,Fundraiser,Press Releases,Teens,Youthlinks — Vicky @ 4:13 pm
 “Farm stand open today from 9:30-11:30!  Cucumbers, kale, carrots, green beans, onions, leeks, chard and so much more!”So says a recent Facebook post for the Youthlinks Grassroots Garden & Learning Center.  This summer, the Youthlinks garden has grown through the work of 38 middle school and high school students from RSU #13.  Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland, Maine that provides after-school programs including community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to youth ages 10-17 in mid-coast Maine.  Youthlink students learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership ability while connecting to their peers, adult mentors, and the community.

“The garden is amazing!   We have vegetables and beautiful flowers growing.  The students do the work – everything from weeding, to watering, to working at our farm stand,” said YL Director Racheal Ahearn.  “Last year, we donated over 600 pounds of produce to the local soup kitchen and food pantry.  Community members also get involved helping tend portions of the garden and stopping by our farm stand to purchase fresh, locally grown foods.”

Now in its third season, the Youthlinks Grassroots Garden has become a valuable learning experience for the students.  Students receive hands-on experience growing foods, plus, increasing awareness of nutrition and healthy living.  Practical business experience comes from operating the student farm stand next to the Youthlinks building.

In September, the garden will be harvested and closed for the winter.  Then, after-school programs begin that are held Monday through Friday from 2:30 pm to 5 pm at the Youthlinks center located at 420 Broadway, Rockland, Maine.  Youthlinks is funded through a combination of state grants and the generous donations of local individuals, businesses, and foundations.

Youthlinks after-school programs are free for participating youth.  There is still space available for the fall programs which begin in September.  For more information, please call 207-594-2221 or visit the Youthlinks website:  www.broadreachmaine.org

 

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Youthlinks Director Racheal Ahearn at the YL Grassroots Garden, 420 Broadway, Rockland, ME
Sunflowers and a bountiful harvest!!!

May 18, 2016

Racheal Ahearn Becomes Youthlinks Interim Leader

Racheal Ahearn, Interim Director

 

Exciting change is on the horizon at Youthlinks in Rockland. We have been very grateful to have Youthlinks under the skillful guidance of Director Kris Koerber for the past two years and wish him
well in his new endeavors. He will be missed, and beginning on May 20th, our very own Racheal Ahearn will be stepping in to take on the leadership role at Youthlinks. Currently serving as a case manager for Broadreach Family and Community Services, Racheal has been working closely with Youthlinks over the past year. Along with her professional and educational experiences, she will will be adding enthusiasm and a passion for youth development to the Youthlinks team. Racheal will be working closely with current program managers, Rose Swan and Jess Wincapaw to continue developing and delivering high quality after-school programming to the youth of the mid-coast communities. Speaking about her new role Ahearn said, “I am excited to have the opportunity to become more involved with the Youthlinks team in supporting the youth of Knox County through exploration and creativity.” The core of Youthlinks will continue to be our strong focus, establishing and nurturing growth promoting relationships with our youth. Currently at Youthlinks, 37 middle school and 18 high school youth are engaging in programs that create meaningful opportunities to connect with themselves, the outdoor world and their community. Racheal is eager to continue to support and lead the mission of Youthlinks into the future. It is our plan to expand on existing services, as well, while never losing sight of our original mission. Be sure to follow all the action on Facebook and if you are in the area, stop by the Grassroots Garden, right behind Youthlinks on 420 Broadway in Rockland.

October 6, 2015

Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation Awards Grant to Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program

Filed under: Fundraiser,Press Releases,Teens,Youthlinks — Vicky @ 12:33 pm
Kris Koerber and Kate Finlay receiving CICF grant 10-4-2015 aKris Koerber and Kate Quinn-Finlay accept a grant
award from the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation
on board the Serenade of the Seas Maiden Voyage.
Photo credit: Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce

On Sunday, October 4th, the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) made three grant awards aboard the Serenade of the Seas Maiden Voyage in Rockland. Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Executive Director Kate Quinn-Finlay and Youthlinks Program Director Kris Koerber were on board for the ceremony in celebration and appreciation of the CICF’s $2,500 gift to the non-profit agency’s program that provides out-of-school-hours programs year-round for middle and high school students in the greater Rockland area. The program is housed at 420 Broadway and is participation in Youthlinks is free of charge. Programs range from Student Garden Army to a number of choices that provide students with an opportunity to be active members of their community, often volunteering their time at other non-profits, including animal shelters, assisted living for older individuals, and the food cupboard and community meals program.

Kate Quinn-Finlay shared, “We are grateful to have one of Broadreach’s programs chosen to receive this contribution from CICF. This donation to Youthlinks will be used to help us continue to serve the 11 – 17 year old students in the area with programs that help them gain knowledge and experience, and become involved for the betterment of their community. They acquire a wide variety of life skills. We know for many young people, Youthlinks participation has a positive impact on their school performance and their relationships with their families, peers, and teachers.”

The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) focuses its efforts on programs that are designed to improve the quality of life in the communities served by the cruise industry. CICF supports programs that enhance educational opportunities for youth, including those designed to improve literacy, teach basic life skills, and promote good citizenship. The Foundation also supports academic enrichment opportunities aimed at enhancing student proficiencies in reading, math and science, as well as programs focused on environmental and public health initiatives.

For more information about Broadreach Family & Community Services visit www.broadreachmaine.org or call (207) 338-2200. Broadreach provides a wide range of programs including Early Childhood Education Services, Behavioral Health and Case Management, Prevention Programs that help strengthen families, and its Youthlinks Program. Broadreach serves Knox, Waldo, and Lincoln counties.

June 8, 2015

APPLY NOW FOR YOUTHLINKS’ SUMMER STUDENT GARDEN ARMY!

Are you a student entering grades 9th-12th who wants to learn about gardening and growing your own food while helping to have a positive impact on our community? Apply today to join the ranks of this summer’s Student Garden Army at Youthlinks.

We will be planting, tending, harvesting, cooking, eating and selling garden produce. Along the way we will be learning more about leadership, nutrition, food systems and how to influence change in our community. All members of the SGA will earn money through sales of produce at their weekly farm stand.

Visit www.Youthlinksonline.org for further application information.

This 8 week intensive program runs from June 30th-August 20th, 8:00am-12:00pm Monday thru Thursday. Youthlinks is located at 420 Broadway in Rockland and the phone number is 594-2221.

Youthlinks is a proud program of Broadreach Family and Community Services. Learn more about who we are at: Broadreachmaine.org

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.

 

May 18, 2015

Youthlinks Yard, Bake & Seedling Sale on Saturday, May 23rd

It’s everybody’s favorite season…Yard sale season!  Come support Youthlinks next weekend at their second annual bake-yard seedling sale.  On Saturday, May 23rd, there will be tables of treasures, homemade baked goods and seedlings raised by students.  Every purchase you make helps to fund our programs.  Start your spring by coming to 420 Broadway in Rockland from 8:00am-2:00pm.  All parking will be at Oceanside East High School.  Don’t miss this one!

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.  Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services. For more information about Youthlinks like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/youthlinks. For more information about Broadreach visit brmaine.org

February 24, 2015

Write in Your Vote for Broadreach Today!

This is the last week to vote for your favorite non-profits in Bangor Savings Bank’s 2015 Community Matters More!  Please write in your vote for Broadreach Family & Community Services under the Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc & Waldo Counties section.  We need your vote!  Please ask your family, friends, and colleagues to vote for Broadreach, too!

A total of 68 grants will be awarded to the organizations listed on the Community Matters More ballot and to the top 20 write-in recipients. The organizations in each of the eight regions (including write-ins) that get the most votes will receive $5,000 each. The remaining 60 organizations will each receive $1,000. So, make your vote count!

To vote for Broadreach and up to two more of your favorite nonprofits, visit Community Matters More or stop by any of the Bangor Savings Bank’s 56 branches statewide or you can copy and paste the following link in your browser and click for the Bangor Savings Bank voting site:

https://bangor.com/Community-Support/Community-Matters-More.aspx

Thank you!

 

February 12, 2015

Youthlinks Finds Missing Cat While Volunteering!

Youthlinks Volunteering at Humane Society of Knox County

By Hannah Magnusson, Youthlinks Program Manager

The Youthlinks Student Garden Army celebrated Valentine’s Day with homemade heart shaped healthy treats for the dogs at the Pope Memorial Humane Society. The dogs were excited to gobble down the peanut butter treats and they definitely loved the attention!

The afternoon brought the high school group an exciting surprise when visiting the cats. “This is my cat!”, exclaimed 8th grader Winter Cormier.  The staff at the animal shelter confirmed that all the data matched and the cat, Cinder, purred against the bars of her cage in recognition of her owner! It was a happy ending for all of us.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services. For more information about Youthlinks find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/youthlinks. For more information about Broadreach visit brmaine.org.  Visit http://www.humanesocietyofknoxcounty.org/ to learn more about the animal shelter or take home a new pet!

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.

October 6, 2014

Student Gardeners Are Ready for Fall

YL Farmstand fall 2014

Youthlinks Student Garden Army (SGA) is back at it again with a Fall Farmstand. Stop by for pumpkins, gourds, greens, and more. The Farmstand is at Youthlinks at 420 Broadway in Rockland, Thursdays from, 3:30-4:30 pm. The SGA looks forward to meeting new customers!

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community. For more information concerning Youthlinks please call 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org.  For more information about Broadreach please visit http://broadreachmaine.org/.

September 11, 2014

Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program Achieves Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 Gold Status

Youthlinks, a Rockland area program serving middle and high school students, has been notified that it has attained Gold Status in the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 Program. Let’s Go! is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program that promotes the increase of physical activity and healthy eating for youth.

Gold status requires that the program implement all five Let’s Go! priority strategies, have them in written policy format, and enforce these policies.

 

As a Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 site, Youthlinks is dedicated to carrying out these strategies by providing healthy choices for snacks and celebrations, providing water and low-fat milk instead of sugary beverages, providing opportunities for daily physical activity, and engaging with community partners to help support and promote a healthy lifestyle for youth. Youthlinks collaborates with RSU 13, the Good Tern Co-op, Cooking Matters, a program of the Knox County Community Health Coalition (KCCHS) which is funded by the Good Shepard Food Bank, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Program,  and Foo Corps, to provide consistently healthy lifestyle choices for students in middle and high school.

 

For example, the Student Garden Army, summer camp, and other programs offered by Youthlinks for 11- 17 year olds emphasize the tenets of 5-2-1-0 which signify eating at least 5 vegetables and fruits per day, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, and 0 sugary beverages. At Youthlinks, students have opportunities to grow, harvest, and eat their own garden produce. Many students try vegetables that are new to them and learn they like them and find out ways through interactive cooking demonstrations to incorporate more healthy ingredients into their meals.  They bring this knowledge home with them to their families and it adds to their store of knowledge needed to become a healthier adolescent and adult.

 

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

 

 

Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program Awarded Quimby Family Foundation Grant

The Quimby Family Foundation has awarded Broadreach Family & Community Services Youthlinks Program a grant in the amount of $15,000. The funds will be used to expand the summer pilot Student Garden Army into a sustainable year-round program for middle and high school students in the greater Rockland region – Rockland, Cushing, St. George/Tenants Harbor,Thomaston, South Thomaston, and Owls Head).

 

Youth, age 11 – 17 living in towns served by RSU 13 will have an opportunity to participate in the program that teaches young people to learn to grow, cook, and eat healthy food and to make food choices that positively impact their health, and that of their community and their world. Student Garden Army also teaches students how to operate a micro-business through the operation of a local farm stand, and to give back to the community through support of the local food cupboards with fresh garden vegetables and fruit.

 

Youthlinks works closely with partners such as RSU 13m the Good Tern Co-op, Cooking Maters, a program of the Knox County Community Health Coalition (KCCHC), Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and Food Corps. The Youthlinks Program is located at 420 Broadway in Rockland and has been in operation for nearly 32 years.  It provides a safe place to nurture the development of young people, to support youth in becoming positive role models, and create meaningful connections between youth and their community.

 

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

 

 

August 21, 2014

Pot o’ Lobstahs Fundraiser for Youthlinks Program – Buy/Sell Tickets through 9/30

Pot o Lobstahs Photo

Thanks to the generosity of Dave Cousens of South Thomaston and Reny’s – A Maine Adventure, the Youthlinks Program of Broadreach Family & Community Services is offering the tastiest raffle of the season – two chances to win a pot of lobsters, complete with the pot, mitts, and crackers.  Dave Cousens, a local lobsterman has donated the tasty crustaceans to benefit the programs of Youthlinks.

 

The tickets for Pot o Lobstahs are selling 6 for $5 and the drawing will be held on September 30th.  All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Youthlinks Program.  Youthlinks has been serving the youth of the greater Rockland area for over thirty-two years.  Middle and high school students sign up for after school and summer programs that offer a wide range of topics.  Most “clubs”, as each topic is known, bring community experts to Youthlinks and give the students an opportunity to interact with the community.  Besides learning new skills, expanding knowledge, and trying new things, the students also have a chance to provide community service through a local meals program, volunteer at a local residential health care facility, and at an animal shelter.  Clubs also encourage healthy lifestyles, including good nutrition, physical activity and avoiding harmful substances.

 

Most recently, the Student Garden Army at Youthlinks hosted a Grassroots Garden Tour showcasing all the work they had accomplished in the gardens and greenhouse this summer including sales of their garden produce at their weekly farm stand and their donations to the local food cupboard.  Other groups of students had opportunities to attend camp at Youthlinks or Sailing Camp through the Apprenticeshop and a special grant from Machias Savings Bank.

 

Youthlinks, is a program of the non-profit organization Broadreach Family & Community Services agency, a 501(c)(3) organization.  For more information about how to purchase tickets, please call Youthlinks at 594-2221 and speak with Kris Koerber, the Program Director or Hannah Magnusson, the Program Manager.  You may also contact Sue diRosario in the Belfast office of Broadreach at 338-2200, extension 201 for ticket information for the Pot o Lobstahs Fundraiser.

August 4, 2014

Grassroots Garden Tour to be Hosted by Youthlinks Student Garden Army

SGA photo

On Saturday, August 16th from 9 am until noon, the Youthlinks Program’s Student Garden Army will host a Grassroots Garden Tour at their 420 Broadway location in Rockland.  Local students have been participating in the summer agricultural program and the event will showcase the work they have accomplished in the gardens and greenhouse and allow participants to sample the fresh produce they have grown.  Each Wednesday morning from 9 am – 11 throughout the summer the Student Garden Army operates the Youthlinks Farmstand at 420 Broadway, next to Eastside High School.

 

The Grassroots Garden Tour will also feature the students of the Midcoast Music Academy who will be on-site to provide live music for the gathering.  The Student Garden Army participants have also planned fun games and prizes and will be displaying art at the event.  Children under 12 receive free admission and for those 12 and older the admission is $5.  All admission fees will be used to support the Student Garden Army Program.

 

Working with the young people have been Kristofer Koerber, Youthlinks Director and Hannah Magnusson, Program Manager.  The program is supported from private foundations, local businesses, and private individuals.  Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a private, non-profit organization serving children, youth and adults for over three decades with youth services, early childhood education, prevention services, and behavioral health and case management for all ages. For more information about Youthlinks, contact 594-2221 or find Youthlinks on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/youthlinks to learn more about the programs offered and visit http://broadreachmaine.org/ to learn about all of the great things happening through Broadreach.

 

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June 19, 2014

Youthlinks Program Has Student Garden Army Opening

Youthlinks Farmstand

Youthlinks Director Kris Koerber announced that there are a few remaining openings for the June 30th – August 21st Student Garden Army.  This eight week program for high school students features a wide array of agricultural and culinary experiences including: planting seedlings, growing vegetables, maintaining and developing a garden, harvesting crops, and cooking and preparing healthy foods.

 

 

 

Kris Koerber shared, “This is a great way for high school students to gain leadership skills, make a positive impact on their community, and earn money through managing the farm stand sales.   It is a great experience that provides knowledge that will be useful throughout students’ lives.”

 

 

 

For more information about application for the School Garden Army, contact Kris Koerber at 594-2221 or at youthlinksonline.org. Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services and is located at 420 Broadway in Rockland.  The program is free of charge for participating students.

 

 

June 17, 2014

Cooking Really Does Matter by Hannah Magnusson

Filed under: Teens,Youthlinks — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Sue Dirosario @ 1:33 pm

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“ My favorite part of the year was learning how to cook in Cooking Matters” expressed a 5th grade  student at Youthlinks’ at the end of the year closing circle. This was a student who almost didn’t sign up for the program because he didn’t know how to cook. Cooking Matters, a program of the Knox County Community Health Coalition (KCCHC) is funded by Good Shepard Food Bank. This year Youthlinks’ ran four six week sessions with middle school students at the Rockland District Middle School. Cooking Matters is an all encompassing program that teaches students about food, preparing food, and nutrition. Many of the students were so excited when they learned that they got to work with a “real” chef. Nancy Wood, the programs “real” chef is a SNAP Educator for the KCCHC working with families to teach them about cooking and nutrition. Her passion for working with youth and food is inspiring. Youthlinks collaboration with Cooking Matters would not have been the same without Chef Wood, our volunteer Judy Kove Block, and the support of three dedicated nutritionists. Cooking Matters doesn’t just teach the students about cooking it also involves their parents. After every class the students receive a bag of food to take home and the recipe for what was made in class and they are encouraged to prepare the food for their friends and families. The six week session culminates in an Extreme Food Makeover where they recreate their favorite recipes into healthier ones and invite their parents to a big meal. Each meal was a huge success and yes, the students volunteered to eat kale on their whole wheat pizza!

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services.   For more information concerning  Youthlinks please contact Youthlinks at 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA.  For more information about Broadreach please visit:  http://broadreachmaine.org/. For more information about Cooking Matters please visit: http://www.penbayymca.net/kcchc/kcchc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 28, 2014

Youthlinks to Hold Yard & Bake Sale on May 3rd

Youthlinks house

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

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

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

 

April 16, 2014

Youthlinks Hosts Student Creative Writing Workshop in Thomaston

 

 

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

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

Photos and article by Sarah Woodman, Youthlinks/AmeriCorps

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983. For more information please call Youthlinks at 594-2221 or visit youthlinksonline.org.



 

April 15, 2014

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

YL Fishes and LoavesBy Sarah Woodman, Youthlinks/AmeriCorps

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

April 14, 2014

Youthlinks Farmhands

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Article and Photo by Hannah Magnusson, Youthlinks/AmeriCorps

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

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

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

 

 

 

April 10, 2014

The First Donates its Casual for a Cause Collection to Youthlinks

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

April 4, 2014

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

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

By Sarah Woodman

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

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

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

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983. For more information please call Youthlinks at 594-2221 or visit youthlinksonline.org.

 

February 28, 2014

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

February 26, 2014

High schoolers: Join Youthlinks School Garden Army and Amazing Art

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

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

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

February 20, 2014

Youthlinks Program Bowling Team Club Culminates in Behind the Scene Tour

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By Hannah Magnusson

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

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983. The early spring sessions for middle school and high school students begin on March 3rd.  For more information concerning the Rockland After-School Alliance, please contact the Youthlinks Program at 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA.  For more information about Broadreach please visit http://broadreachmaine.org/. For information and hours on Oakland Park Bowling Lanes please call 594-7525.

January 27, 2014

Youthlinks Book Club on February 28th – You’re Invited!

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The Youthlinks Book Club is back, this time reading, Musciophillia, a book written by neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, offering insights and arguments about the power of music in our lives.  On February 28th at 6:30 pm, readers will gather at the Youthlink’s building on 420 Broadway in Rockland, to discuss how the book changed, challenged and built our own perspectives.   Community members, Youthlinks volunteers, parents and members from the Broadreach team will be in attendance.  Bring some food to munch on and come hang out!

Check out this NPR article and interview with Oliver Sacks about the book.  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15472815

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services.  For more information about Youthlinks call 594-2221 or go to www.broadreachmaine.org, or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/youthlinks.

 

Broadreach’s Youthlinks Fitness Club Visits The Dancing Elephant for Yoga

1536504_709888412388972_1554821954_n (3) Yoga YLThe Broadreach Youthlinks Fitness Club joined yoga instructor Rachel Nixon at her brand new studio, The Dancing Elephant, at 16 School Street in downtown Rockland last week. They participated in many fun and enlightening activities including making themselves into trees, the sun, birds, and the earth.  The Youthlinks Fitness Club is offered to area middle school students each quarter.  The club offers participants an opportunity to explore various kinds of physical activity designed to improve health while having fun and learning about the importance of physical activity.  Youthlinks works with a number of local organizations, including schools, businesses, and volunteers to bring quality programming to area young people.

 

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 .

Photo courtesy of The Dancing Elephant

 

 

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Youthlinks at Coastal Children’s Museum

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Looking for a fun way to celebrate the Chinese New Year?   Let’s get creative by making thumb print dragon fans! High school students from Youthlinks’ Community Action Team will be leading this craft at the Coastal Children’s Museum from 3pm-4pm on Friday, January 31st.  This event is offered free of charge.

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 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 .   For more information on the Coastal Children’s Museum please call (207) 596-0300. The museum is located at 75 Mechanic Drive in Rockland.

 

January 13, 2014

Broadreach Youthlinks Program Kicking-off Food Drive in Rockland

The Youthlinks Community Action Team will be running a week long food drive in support of  Reverend Martin Luther King Day.  Please bring non-perishable food items to the Rockland High Schools and Middle School starting Tuesday, January 14th through Friday, January 17th. The food will be donated and used for the soup kitchen at St. Peters Episcopal Church in Rockland.  Youthlinks, which operates afterschool and summer programming for middle and high school students offers a session four times a year that provides high school students with an opportunity to serve the community by preparing and serving meals at the St. Peters Episcopal Church soup kitchen.

 

The purpose of the Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, 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.

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.

 

November 19, 2013

Deb Donnelly Joins Youthlinks

Deb Donnelly photoRockland – Broadreach Family and Community Services’ Youthlinks Program welcomes new Program Assistant Deb Donnelly.  Ms. Donnelly is familiar with the work of Youthlinks.  Her son participated in several of the programs including afterschool options such as Animation Class and Dodgeball, and Summer Photography Camp and an Outdoor Activity Camp.  She also was involved in Youthlinks’ Farm Camp at Headacre Farm in Owls Head this past summer.

“I feel strongly about the importance of Youthlinks programs.  Youthlinks provides a lot of opportunities at an age when that support is so necessary.  Youthlinks provides a sense of belonging.  It’s good to know that the people at Youthlinks always have your back,” Ms. Donnelly shared when speaking of a young person’s experience with Youthlinks, as well as the experience of being a parent of a teen participating in Youthlinks.

Ms. Donnelly combines her role as parent and Youthlinks Program Assistant with part-time work at a local bookstore.  Throughout her career she has worked for a number of non-profit organizations including a Ronald McDonald House in an urban area of the country where she learned a great deal from the parents of sick children.

“I worked there when my husband and I were starting our family.  It truly changed the way we thought about family life and what we thought of as important.  There are parents and children from all walks of life and all income levels but they all had something in common – they would do anything to help their child.  It helped us decide that we wanted a different kind of lifestyle for our family.  We made the decision to move to Maine, where his parents were living.”

“My son really enjoyed his time at Youthlinks.  Now I look forward to my role here, making sure I help things run smoothly at Youthlinks.”

For more information, contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org.  Youthlinks, offering after school programs and summer camps, is a service of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983.

 

October 29, 2013

Youthlinks’ School Garden Army helps extend the growing season

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Members of Youthlinks’ fall School Garden Army program put together a cold frame designed to help extend the life of winter vegetables growing in the Youthlinks garden. The garden hosts a summer School Garden Army and is used extensively by RSU 13, Youthlinks programs, and community gardeners. The cold frame was generously donated by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Knox & Lincoln Counties. Pictured from left are AmeriCorps Vista alum Seth Walton, Oceanside West students Kat Cova and Rain Zimmer, Oceanside East student Ashley Ellis, and AmeriCorps Great Strides volunteer and Youthlinks program manager Sarah Woodman.  For more information, contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org.  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.

 

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Broadreach’s Youthlinks Offers Late Fall Sessions for Students

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Seven exciting Youthlinks sessions are being offered beginning on November 12th for grades 8 – 12 in the Rockland region.  Toboggan Building, Holiday Cooking Club, The Art of Gift Giving (and making), Caroling, Funny Bones, Music Fanatics Club, and Soup Kitchen Saturdays will begin soon.  Students may register by returning the completed registration form to the Oceanside High School Office, registering online at www.youthlinksonline.org/ohs, or phoning 594-2221.  All classes are free of charge.

 

Toboggan Building will take place twice a week after school in collaboration with the Apprenticeshop.  Students will learn to build a sled that they can race in the 2014 National Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl.

 

Holiday Cooking Club, offered on Tuesdays, includes well-loved holiday recipes such as gingerbread, potato latkes, and a traditional southern new year’s meal.  Students will also be learning the stories behind these holiday dishes, and of course, enjoying what they cook.

 

The Art of Giving is a fun and creative session designed to make gifts for friends and family, including a special pet.  Jewelry, pet toys or dog biscuits, ornaments, or IPad cases are just some of the many ideas for holiday gift-making.

 

Caroling provides those who love to sing or play an instrument to join in and spread holiday cheer.  All singing and playing abilities are welcome.

 

Funny Bones is for those interested in comedy or acting who wish to hone their skills through hilarious improvisation games.  Offered on Friday, it is a great way to start the weekend energized and laughing.

 

Music Fanatics Club explores ways to get involved in the music world including visits to local community radio station WRFR.  This session is ALL about students’ love of music.

 

Soup Kitchen Saturdays is offered the second Saturday of each month with a choice of December 14th or January 11th. Students join other volunteers making a meal at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland  as a way to help others and offer a meaningful way to earn community service hours.

 

For Oceanside High School-West student going to a Youthlinks program, most of the 2:30 PM school buses go to the Oceanside High School- East campus for their first stop.  Youthlinks is located right next to the Oceanside High School-East campus.  There is no bus home and transportation would need to be arranged by the student or their parent(s).  Program space is limited with confirmations emailed to parents and students.  Waiting lists are established when demand for a session exceeds capacity.

 

Students and their parents with questions or feedback may contact the Youthlinks office at 594-2221, by email at  ylinfo@brmaine.org, or on Facebook at Youthlinks.Staff.  Youthlinks, serving youth for over thirty-one years, is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit community organization .

 

 

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.

August 16, 2013

Youthlinks School Garden Army invites community to celebrate summer harvest

School Garden Army selling their weekly harvest at their farm stand near Oceanside East High School in Rockland.

School Garden Army selling their weekly harvest at their farm stand near Oceanside East High School in Rockland.

School Garden Army invites the community to celebrate the summer harvest this Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Youthlinks from 8-10AM. Pick up some fresh veggies from our last farm stand of the season, take a tour of the Youthlinks/Oceanside East High School Garden, and learn about what the Garden Army has been doing this summer! We’ll have door prizes and contests to win free vegetables!
School Garden Army empowers youth to become leaders and responsible stewards of their environment using food as the mechanism of change. The program encourages land stewardship through sustainable local food production, improves public health through better nutrition and food security, and promotes community and economic development through investing in the next generation.
For more information, contact Youthlinks: 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.

June 27, 2013

NASA Awards Grant to Broadreach

Filed under: Youthlinks — Sue Dirosario @ 12:44 pm

Broadreach Family & Community Services Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay has announced the award of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) funding. The$2500 grant will benefit young people participating in Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program and will place special focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities.

The NASA grant will benefit both the summer Youth links’ Farm Camp Program and create an Astronaut After School Program. The Farm Camp will include Summer of Innovation (So I) hands-on learning opportunities about healthy ecosystems, agriculture, plant life, and soil biology. Campers will be able to make stronger connections between science, planet earth, and the world beyond them. It will help students in grades 5 through 7 gain critical science and math skills.

The Astronaut After School Program will be a 6-week after school program offered free of charge to six-graders. Participating students will meet once a week after school for a two-hour interactive learning session. This new pilot program will begin in September 2013. The program will include Train Like An Astronaut and Food for Thought lessons. Students will be able to take on mission assignments and set their own physical training and nutrition goals while creating Mission Journals.

In partnership with the White House Let’s Move! Initiative, NASA’s Train Like an Astronaut program aims to increase opportunities in and out of school for students to become more physically and mentally active. The program uses the excitement of space exploration and astronaut training to challenge, inspire, and educate young people. The activities were developed in cooperation with NASA scientists and fitness professionals who work directly with astronauts.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a not-for-profit agency that has served mid-coast Maine since 1983. Broadreach delivers critical social, educational, and health programming. Youthlinks, a Broadreach program, serves middle and high school age students in RSU #13 with after school and summer learning activities. There is no charge for the Youthlinks Program which is supported by grants, private foundations, and private business and individual donors.

For more information about the Youthlinks Summer of Innovation or Astronaut After School Program, please contact Amie Hutchison, Program Director at (207) 594-8474 at extension 402 or at ahutchison@brmaine.org.

June 21, 2013

Agnes M. Lindsay Trust Grant Helps Fund Youthlinks’ Summer Camp

Filed under: Youthlinks — Sue Dirosario @ 10:42 am

summer_campers_1The trustees of the Agnes M. Lindsay Trust have notified Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Youthlinks Program that a $2,000 award is being made to help send young people to summer camp.  Youthlinks serves students age 11 – 17 with after school programs during the academic calendar in Knox County, and farm and sailing camps in the summer for midcoast youth.  The day camps are free of charge and registration space fills quickly each year.  In 2012 forty-three young people participated in a free week-long day camp experience.

This summer Youthlinks Farm Camp is held in partnership with Headacre Farm in Owls Head and operates Monday through Thursday.  Transportation to and from Youthlinks in Rockland and lunch and snacks are provided free of charge.  The students work with local farmers and learn how to plant, harvest, cook, and eat what is grown.  Campers also participate in games, scavenger hunts, and crafts.  Afternoons include a wide variety of activities including art projects, hiking, swimming, and exploring midcoast Maine on “Fieldtrip Thursdays”.

The Youthlinks Sailing Camp is offered in conjunction with the Apprenticeshop.  Every day campers rig sailboats, launch from the dock, zoom around sheltered Rockland harbor, explore, and learn nautical skills, such as tacking, jibing, and tying knots.  The Apprenticeshop is located in downtown Rockland and provides sailing courses for both youth and adults.  The Apprenticeshop has been dedicated to inspiring personal growth through craftsmanship, community, and traditions of the sea since 1972.

The Agnes M. Lindsay Foundation was established in 1939 two years after the death of philanthropist Agnes M. Lindsay of New Hampshire.  The Foundation works with non-profits in Northern New England that help provide for health, welfare, and dental needs, recreational and camp scholarships, and  scholarships for higher education.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, not-for-profit agency assisting children, youth, adults, and families develop critical skills needed to lead healthy and productive lives.  The agency serves people in Knox and Waldo counties with care management services for individuals with behavioral health or developmental diagnoses, early childhood and special education programs, collaboration with schools, pre-kindergarten education (Waldo County), prevention programs such those that strengthen families, provide positive youth development and parent education, and help prevent child abuse and substance abuse.  Broadreach is a United Mid-Coast charity and a United Way of Eastern Maine agensummer_campers_2cy.

The Youthlinks Program, located on Broadway in Rockland, serves middle and high school students year round with a variety of programs that help participants gain positive life skills through focused service learning and enrichment programs, and meaningful community and school-based activities.  For more information about the Youthlinks programs, contact Program Director Amie Hutchison at 594-2221 extension 402 or at ahutchison@brmaine.org.

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June 10, 2013

FREE SUMMER CAMP

Youthlinks Summer Campers

Youthlinks Summer Campers

Youthlinks is gearing up for another summer of free day camp for Rockland area youth. There are exciting schedule changes and program offerings this year.

Thanks to a new collaboration with Headacre Farm in Owls Head, Youthlinks will be offering four weeks of Farm Camp. Camp runs Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00pm beginning July 1st. The program is open to current 5th- 8th grade students. Pick up and drop off for the program is at Youthlinks in Rockland.

Mornings on the farm will include games, scavenger hunts and crafts. In the afternoon we will hit the road to continue our summer camp adventure. We’ll work on art projects, play games, hike, swim and have a blast exploring Midcoast Maine. Thursday is field trip day; trips could include beaches, museums and parks.

There are limited spaces available for this free summer camp. Register right away www.youthlinksonline.org or contact Joelle Albury at Youthlinks, 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 or to register, please contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org.

May 15, 2013

Youthlinks Open House May 25th

 

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The Youthlinks house

Saturday, May 25th Youthlinks invites friends, families and volunteers to celebrate summer at its open house at 420 Broadway in Rockland from 10am to noon.

Visitors will be able to tour the Youthlinks’ house and garden, and the orchard recently planted by the students of Oceanside East High School. They will also have the opportunity to meet the instructors and community volunteers who have helped design and run the after-school and summer programs of Youthlinks and RASA.

Everyone – kids and adults – will get a taste of summer camp. We will play our favorite outdoor sports like ultimate Frisbee® and three-legged races, as well as a few activities unique to the Youthlinks’ summer camp experience, like Birdie on a Perch and dodgeball in the Gaga Pit.

The games will be just a glimpse of what Youthlinks has in store for this summer. We are excited to partner with Headacre Farm in Owls Head for the first time to offer a Farm Camp where middle school students will tend and harvest their own vegetable garden for weekly farm to table lunches. Once again our summer program will include two weeks of sailing for middle and high school students through the Rockland Community Sailing program at the Apprenticeshop.

All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. More information about our summer programs and registration are available online at youthlinksonline.org.

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 throughout 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. For more information about Youthlinks call 594-2221 or visit youthlinksonline.org.

May 10, 2013

Man from Nova Scotia wins Dream Vacation in Maine

Seth Walton, AmeriCorps Vista Community Programs Director of Youthlinks, announces the raffle winner at the Business After Hours at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.  Standing beside him is Robin McIntosh, Membership Services Manager of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Seth Walton, AmeriCorps Vista Community Programs Director of Youthlinks, announces the raffle winner at the Business After Hours at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. Standing beside him is Robin McIntosh, Membership Services Manager of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Patrick Dunphy of Fall River, Nova Scotia is the lucky winner of the all-inclusive four-day Maine Dream Vacation Raffle. The raffle was sponsored by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce and Broadreach Family & Community Services to benefit Youthlinks, a community service and skills enrichment program for area youth.

Seth Walton, AmeriCorps VISTA at Youthlinks, had the honor of drawing the winning ticket at the conclusion of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at the Owls Head Transportation Museum on Wednesday, May 8th. Residents from around the country including many locals purchased tickets for the raffle. Youthlinks congratulates Mr. Dunphy on his win and thanks him for entering the raffle for a second year.

Mr. Dunphy and his travelling companion will enjoy a fantastic array of top-notch lodging, fine meals and wonderful activities. They will spend three nights at the AAA four-diamond Samoset Resort on the ocean. Each night they will have dinner with the one of the area’s finest chefs at Youngtown Inn, Craignair Inn and La Bella Vita. Each day they will explore all the beauties of coastal Maine by land, sea and air on a tour of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, a round of golf at the Samoset Resort, a sail on the Schooner Olad and a biplane tour over Penobscot Bay, courtesy of the Owls Head Transportation Museum. The prize also includes round-trip airfare from Rockland, ME to Boston, courtesy of Cape Air, and a $500 gift card provided by Bangor Savings Bank, which the winner may use as he pleases.

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 throughout 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. For more information about Youthlinks call 594-2221 or visit 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 3, 2013

Local Dance Teacher Volunteers to Teach Hip Hop for Rockland After-School Alliance

Local dance instructor teaches hip hop to Rockland District Middle School studentsYouthlinks and Rockland After-School Alliance (RASA) are thrilled to announce that local dance teacher Katie Thompson of Rockland has signed on to teach another session of an after-school Hip Hop class to RDMS students. This will be Thompson’s third session volunteering for Youthlinks and RASA. Thompson is a 2006 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School and is currently a student at University College at Rockland.
Thompson has been an enthusiastic member of mid-coast Maine’s dance community since she was a little girl. She danced ballet when she was three years old, and was then trained through a wide variety of dance classes and workshops in Maine, New Hampshire, and New York, focusing on Hip Hop, Ballet, Modern, plus Break Dancing, Street Jazz, and Yoga. While she focuses mostly in the style of Hip Hop technique, it is evident in her dance that she is comfortable transposing choreography from all genres into her pieces.
Thompson started teaching dance when she was fifteen alongside then local dance teacher and performer, Annie Laurita. Since then Thompson has taught all over the mid-coast area, from public workshops in crowded school gymnasiums to private studio classes. She is also a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. Some of her most memorable experiences as a professional dancer and choreographer have been choreographing for large dance shows and musicals, like the recent CHRHS fall production.  When she was seventeen she took on the endeavor of creating a show called “Whose Beat Is It Anyway” along with fellow local dancer, Morgan Cooper. The pair focused on every detail of the performance from directing, lighting, set design, as well as all of the choreography. She has also choreographed for the Camden Shakespeare Company, Ashwood Waldorf School, and North Haven Arts and Enrichment. One of her favorite choreographing experiences was this past year, as she took on the role of choreographer for CHRHS’s production of “West Side Story”. As a student at UROCK, Thompson is currently working on an independent study project for college credit with local educator, Jon Potter, on how kids find comfort in themselves through dance.

 
One of Thompson’s favorite parts of teaching is combining kids and adults from all walks of life into a class and giving them the same opportunity and experiences. She speaks very openly and passionately about her love of watching students “come into their own” through dance. Because Thompson has been teaching and choreographing in the mid-coast for so long, she’s had the pleasure of watching her young dancers grow and emerge as they reveal some tremendous talent. She sees lots of opportunity in the area for dancers of all ages and talents and looks forward to continuing to strengthen Mid-Coast’s Maine promising dance community.  For more information, to register, or to find out how you can volunteer, please contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org

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.

March 15, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Run-A-Hound 5K is to benefit the programs of Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, which serves over 500 Mid-Coast youth a year through quality after-school enrichment programs and summer camps.  These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. Youthlinks is funded primarily by state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations. All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. For more information, visit www.youthlinksonline.org, or call 207-594-2221.

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