From December 11–13, five high school seniors and five adult leaders participated in a 2-day Leadership Program Retreat through Trekkers, an outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults. Held at Kieve-Wavus Leadership School in Nobleboro, the collaborative program provides experiential learning, lessons in leadership and prepares participants for the opportunity to mentor younger Trekkers students.
Offered in a series of weekend retreats that begin when the student leaders are in the 11th grade, each training session focuses on a particular theme that is addressed through group discussion, reflection, games, journaling and team-building activities. The December leadership retreat for 12th graders was focused on goal setting, priorities and objectives, and included team-building initiatives and hands-on practice in facilitating games.
Each session in Trekkers’ 2-year leadership progression helps students build on the topics and skills from the previous training. Each of the students will then put their leadership skills to use when they volunteer as student leaders during Trekkers expeditions. Trekkers’ educational expeditions range from three to 12 days in length, and provide many ways for student leaders to act as role models, mediators and peer mentors for younger students.
The Leadership Program is part of the growing organization’s plan to build leadership skills and increase the number of student leaders who can support Trekkers youth. Historically, 46% of Trekkers students participate in the Leadership Program and become peer mentors for the younger students. More than 50% of this year’s 11th grade Trekkers are participating in the Leadership Program.
Trekkers is a non-profit outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education. As a preventative, community-based program, Trekkers brings students and adult mentors together to build meaningful relationships over a period of six years. This model, in turn, creates a safety net for local youth who are civically engaged and oftentimes return to Trekkers as adult volunteers themselves. Trekkers serves the communities of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston, ME. For more about Trekkers or the Leadership Program, contact the Trekkers office at 207-594-5095 or visit www.trekkers.org.