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.


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


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


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.

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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,...

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Myla Ferland

Myla Ferland

"As a young high-school student, older students can seem intimidating. However, I remember that the student leaders on my team made a genuine effort to get to know me, and listened to me. I remember thinking how amazing it was that these cool seniors were choosing to...

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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...


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


Trekkers Hires Training Director for Institute

Trekkers Hires Training Director for Institute

ROCKLAND – New Trekkers Training Director, Diane Sternberg, would rather see ten minutes into the future than one hundred fifty years if she had to choose. “Knowing what will happen in the future could inform how I carry myself. One of the things I’m most proud of is...

Automatic admission, scholarship to Maine universities

Automatic admission, scholarship to Maine universities

Students in the Aspirations Incubator program, which includes Trekkers, who have a 3.0 grade point average or above will receive a minimum merit scholarship of $500 and automatic admission to the University of Maine at the Orono and Machias campuses as well as the University of Southern Maine.

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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