Trekkers, a local youth mentoring organization, was recently awarded a $2,500 grant from Bank of America. This grant will be used to support the Trekkers organization as it increases student membership and doubles the number of communities it serves.

“Trekkers is grateful for the opportunity to expand our program and to serve more area youth, thanks to this generous grant from Bank of America,” said Executive Director Don Carpenter in a news release. “Bank of America shares our devotion to youth, and offers grants that support educational programs, such as Trekkers. We cannot thank them enough for supporting our students through this grant award.”

Trekkers has been serving area youth since 1994. The program connects seventh through twelfth-grade students with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure based education. The organization is embarking on a six-year expansion plan in the coming weeks, beginning with increased enrollment in its Teen Trekkers program for seventh-grade students. Teen Trekkers 2011 will include the youth of Rockland, South Thomaston and Owls Head, and will include spots for additional students from the towns of Thomaston, St. George, and Cushing.

To learn more about Trekkers outdoor-based mentoring program, please contact the Trekkers office at 594-5095 or visit