COVID-19 Updates

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


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

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...


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


In the News: How Trekkers Supports Students Now

In the News: How Trekkers Supports Students Now

Recently, the Pen Bay Pilot released the following article about Trekkers programming: Peak foliage meant peak daytrip season for Trekkers, a Rockland-based youth mentoring non-profit. Two groups of eighth-grade students embarked on their first outing together – going...

A Strong Finish for Trekkers’ Thomaston Trek

A Strong Finish for Trekkers’ Thomaston Trek

On July 1st, the day after the month-long Thomaston Trek virtual race had ended, results continued to filter in. Why? Several participants used the virtual nature of the race as an opportunity to run or walk multiple times rather than just once, watching their miles...

Letter to the Community Regarding COVID-19

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...

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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: