A Leader in Youth Development
For 25 years, Trekkers has been cultivating the inherent strengths of young people through the power of long-term mentoring relationships. Our evidence-based best practices and principles have become a model of exemplary programming in the field of youth development.
Our youth mentoring program utilizes outdoor, experiential, and travel-based education to strengthen resiliency, raise aspirations, and increase connections between young people and their communities.
Notices about our Response to COVID-19
Core Programming & Trekkers Training Institute Programming
– Suspended Until April 30, 2020 –
However, at this critical time, we will continue to actively support our students’ social and emotional needs through alternate means, while respecting social distancing recommendations. For more about our sources of information, workplace policies and approach to supporting students at this time, read our Letter to the Community.
The Trekkers Office is temporarily closed to the public.
For the safety of our students, staff, and greater community, the Trekkers office will be temporarily closed to the public Thursday, March 19 through March 30, 2020. This closure may extend beyond this date, depending on the recommendations of public health officials.
Our staff and board are fully operational (from somewhere!) and ready to respond if you have questions or concerns. You can email our Communications Manager, Teresa Valdepenas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our main line at (207) 594-5095.
Please reach out any time.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
WHY IS TREKKERS IMPORTANT?
Since 1994, Trekkers has been providing long-term, mentoring relationships to hundreds of students from Midcoast Maine. Our students consistently report statistically significant positive change in indicators of resilience, reflection, empathy, trust, and optimism.
Research shows that young people in these kinds of programs are 55 percent more likely to enroll in college, 78 percent more likely to volunteer regularly, and 130 percent more likely to hold leadership positions.
See Jesse’s Story
Jesse Ellis, Class of 2008 After graduating from Trekkers in 2008, Jesse got her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Elmira College in upstate New York in 2012. During her time at Elmira College, she worked for many offices on campus,...
On Becoming a Team Player
“Trekkers has taught me how to be a team player as well as independent and how to help communities. It really showed me a lot about how to love people and how to spread kindness throughout my environment and surroundings. I love how Trekkers brings people of all...
See Ashley’s Story
Ashley Geel, Class of 2008 After graduating from Georges Valley High School in 2008, I attended Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, in Standish, Maine. In 2012, I graduated with my Bachelors Degree in Sports Management with a Minor in Business...
Dear Trekkers Community, Our team has been monitoring and actively responding to the latest information on COVID-19 over the last two weeks. As part of our community, we want to share with you our current plan in response to this pandemic. As the situation continues...
For interested 7th graders and their families, below is a pdf of the application packet. If you are interested in participating in the program, please complete the entire application (found on pages 5-6) and return it to the Trekkers office at 58 Park Street, Suite...
Trekkers is gearing up to welcome 40 new 7th graders from its six-town service area of Thomaston, Cushing, St. George, South Thomaston, Owls Head and Rockland. Any 7th grader who resides in one of these towns and is interested in learning about becoming a Trekker this...
JOIN TREKKERS TO INVEST IN YOUNG PEOPLE AND IN THE FUTURE OF MAINE.
We are tremendously grateful for the generosity of the many individuals, businesses, charitable organizations, foundations, and local communities who make our work possible.
AmeriCorps Serving Here
Through the AmeriCorps Aspiration Program, Trekkers engages two AmeriCorps members each year to act as group leaders and mentors for youth in Knox County. Working closely with Trekkers’ staff, AmeriCorps members support core programming and expeditions. AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation’s volunteering and service efforts. For more information visit: www.NationalService.gov