A Leader in Youth Development

 

For over 25 years, Trekkers has cultivated the inherent strengths of young people through the power of long-term mentoring relationships. Our best practices and principles have become a model of exemplary programming in the field of youth development.

Programming

Youth mentoring that utilizes outdoor, experiential, and travel-based education to strengthen resiliency, raise aspirations, and connect young people to their communities.

Training

Trekkers Training Institute provides training, coaching, and professional development opportunities based on our evidence-based principles and practices.

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

Jesse Ellis

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

Trekkers has taught me how to be 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

Ashley Geel

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...

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We are tremendously grateful for the generosity of the many individuals, businesses, charitable organizations, foundations, and local communities who make our work possible.

NEWS

Why Optimism

Why Optimism

In this clip from 1972, Holocaust survivor and leading psychiatrist Viktor Frankl talks about the importance of optimism. He says “if you don’t recognize a young man’s will for meaning, search for meaning, you make him worse, you make him dull, you make him...

Thanks for Supporting the 2021 Community Auction!

Thanks for Supporting the 2021 Community Auction!

ROCKLAND -- To the Community: First of all, I want to thank everyone who supported this year’s Community Auction – bidders, buyers, donors, volunteers, and sponsors! When we think of our annual Community Auction, cozy isn’t usually how we’d describe it, but this year...

Generosity Through the Roof – Horch Donates Roof to Trekkers

Generosity Through the Roof – Horch Donates Roof to Trekkers

ROCKLAND – On the morning of June 16, Peter Horch and Kellie Russomano of Horch Roofing pull into the building that youth mentoring nonprofit, Trekkers purchased in January. The building was in need of a new roof, which days later, would be completely installed. Peter...

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COVID-19 Updates

We continue to update our programs, safety protocols, and general operations based on the latest guidance available.
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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