Trekkers is the proud recipient of a recent grant from United Mid-Coast Charities. The grant will support this year’s expansion of the Advanced Trekkers program for 8th graders, the Ride Through History program for 9th graders and the Leadership Program for high school juniors and seniors.
Trekkers’ Leadership Program is a two-year program for twenty 11th– and 12th-graders. Offered in collaboration with Kieve-Wavus Leadership School, Trekkers combines four experiential learning modules with monthly discussions on leadership topics to help students gain broader perspectives, while providing them with ongoing opportunities to serve as peer mentors for younger students.
Trekkers’ Ride Through History is a five-month program offered to thirty 9th-graders. This program was designed to help students make the sometimes difficult transition into high school. Beginning in October, it gets them motivated to keep their grades up and their behavior in check. This program utilizes history as a way for students to gain a broader perspective, and also develops an appreciation for diversity, service and acceptance through a service learning project in Camden, NJ, during a 10-day expedition in February.
Advanced Trekkers is a10-month program that serves thirty 8th-grade students. Together with their mentors, students meet throughout the year to design a 10-day expedition around five educational components. In this process, the group also collectively agrees on a set of rules that will govern their participation in the expedition, including expectations for sharing tasks, guidelines for behavior and the agreement to not use drugs, alcohol or tobacco while in the program. Past expeditions have included hikes in the White Mountains, service projects in inner city soup kitchens, spelunking in Laurel Caverns, learning about endangered species from zoologists, visiting the Perkins School for the Blind, traveling on Trekkers’ mobile classrooms and exploring state parks along the way.
Speaking about the grant funding that will help make these programs possible this year, Trekkers’ Executive Director Don Carpenter stated, “We are very grateful for UMCC’s ongoing support of our students and expansion efforts to serve more students from the local community. This grant from UMCC will help us provide three expanded programs this year and for that we are truly grateful.”
(Photo credit, Marti Stone Photography)