Trekkers, the Thomaston-based youth mentoring organization, completed an 11th grade College & Career overnight trek with Team North Face at Camp Kieve in March. Trekkers’ Senior Manager of Programs, Alaina Ennamorati, led her team of nine students on this short trek along with assistance from Program Manager Lindsey Evans and two adult leaders.
This overnight trek focused on a “career” component. Their first stop was a tour of The Shelter Institute in Woolwich, as several students in this class had listed carpentry or manual labor jobs as their career interest. The Shelter Institute teaches courses on how to build your own house and other types of building projects. The team then went to Camp Kieve, where they played Trekkers games, wrote in their journals about career paths, and prepped for the professional panel of speakers coming on Saturday.
On Saturday, Team North Face started the day touring the Darling Marine Center in Walpole. Their tour guide, Charlie Walsh, talked about several projects he is working with graduate students in the University of Maine system, as well as the future of the fishing industry, describing ways lobstermen and fishermen can use their skills in various scientific jobs. This discussion was very helpful for many young men in the North Face team who grew up in fishing families and were seeking to explore that career as their main source of income or as side income in the future. The students and leaders then returned to Camp Kieve for their professional panel of speakers. Featured on the panel were the following: Audrey Ennamorati (Medomak Valley high school teacher); Erin Faye (Outdoor Sport Institute – gap year programming); Emily Carver (social work and counseling student at USM and former Trekker Program Manager); Coast Guard personnel, including C. LT. Zac Bender, Petty Officer Meghan Cahoon and Seaman Brian Burke; Kate Tagai (AmeriCorps and Peace Corps Alum); Tara Murray (PenBay nurse); and Jacque Letteney (Miles Hospital ultrasound and radiology technician). Students expressed that having a professional panel where they could not only learn about an individual’s career path journey, but also ask questions of the participants, was very beneficial in broadening their viewpoint and perspective on many career options.
As the students reflected on their College & Career overnight, one student shared that “I am relaxed and can help people with their energy levels and anxiety.” Another student wrote, “That I have a lot more options than I originally thought.”
Trekkers is a non-profit, outdoor-based, six-year mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education. This year, Trekkers will serve more than 200 students from the communities of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston. For more information about Trekkers, please visit www.trekkers.org or contact the Trekkers office by calling 207-594-5095.