Trekkers recently completed the 2013-14 program year and would like to thank all the volunteers who gave their time in support of the organization and its students. A community of adult volunteers worked throughout the year to help Trekkers provide a myriad of educational, experiential, and cross-cultural opportunities for young people. These opportunities are made possible because of all the generous individuals who volunteer their time and talent to advance the Trekkers’ mission.
From September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014, 339 student and adult volunteers served 10,424 hours in support of the organization! This is a 40% increase in the number of volunteers, compared to the previous year’s statistics. The programs with the highest number of volunteer hours were the 7th grade Teen Trekkers programs (with a total of 1,458.50 volunteer hours), the 8th grade Advanced Trekkers programs (with a total of 2,247 volunteer hours), and the 9th grade Ride Through History programs (with a total of 1,557 volunteer hours).
Commenting on these new results, Trekkers’ Executive Director Don Carpenter stated that, “Our community’s dedication to Trekkers and to the youth we serve has helped our organization achieve its mission and complete the first four years of our expansion to serve more students. Compared to the original Trekkers’ model, we now serve 67% more students from twice as many communities with three times the volunteer support. We couldn’t do this work without our amazing, dedicated and devoted volunteers. We are so grateful for the volunteer spirit that exists here in this community.”
Trekkers’ outdoor-based youth mentoring programs began over 20 years ago with a model built upon the principle that programs don’t change lives, relationships do. Following this philosophy, one of the organization’s main priorities is to connect young people with caring adults through experiential learning, community service and adventure-based education. Trekkers provides grade-specific core programs and many peripheral programs to more than 200 students. All of these programs include volunteer opportunities for adults and student leaders.
On September 1st, Trekkers began the 2014-15 program year with plans to provide 18 expeditionary learning programs to 7th-12th graders from the communities of RSU #13. As Trekkers continues to expand and serve more students, the need for caring adult volunteers is increasing. In addition to helping with programs and expeditions, volunteers can also support Trekkers by tutoring or mentoring students, helping with fundraising events and assisting with administrative tasks, such as preparing newsletters for mailing. If you would like to learn more about volunteering at Trekkers, please call the office at 594-5095.