Trekkers, a non-profit, outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults, launched a new program in December called Community Service Corps. This new program combined Trekkers students from grades 9–11, and united them in the spirit of creating change in the local community. Trekkers students often volunteer at soup kitchens and homeless shelters across the country during their educational expeditions. Many of the students have provided feedback to the Trekkers staff that they also wanted to give back in the local community.
To create a local community service opportunity, Trekkers’ Program Staff partnered with the Knox County Homeless Coalition/Hospitality House, an organization that provides wrap around case management and shelter services to homeless individuals and families. Several Trekkers students volunteered from December through February, serving in a variety of roles – preparing food items, cooking meals with residents, helping with projects, and playing with children.
Leading this new initiative was Alaina Ennamorati, Trekkers’ Principal Program Manager, who said, “Launching Trekkers Community Service Corps this year in partnership with Knox County Homeless Coalition/Hospitality House seemed like a natural progression for our students who care deeply about the community they live in. They have been eager to learn what they can do to become more aware of poverty in our area and how they can help. Collectively, the seven Trekkers student volunteers who took part in this six-week pilot program contributed 85 hours of community service at the Hospitality House in Rockport. Speaking with students, this has sparked even more interest in giving back locally and has also stripped away some stereotypes of what homelessness looks like.”
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.
For more about Trekkers or the Community Service Corps program, contact the Trekkers office at 207-594-5095 or visit www.trekkers.org.