Trekkers welcomes two new AmeriCorps volunteers to its expanding staff.

Neal Young and Lindsey Evans have begun their 11-month term of service as AmeriCorps volunteers, a program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Young and Evans will work within the communities of Cushing, St. George, Thomaston, South Thomaston, Owls Head and Rockland to expand and maintain Trekkers programming and organizational capacity. Both were recruited in partnership with the Great Strides Rural Education Corps, an AmeriCorps program of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.

Young grew up in Cushing and has been part of the Trekkers program from the time he was in seventh grade. He joined the Trekkers Leadership Program as an 11th-grader, has been a adult leader, and now steps in to the role of program coordinator through his service with AmeriCorps. He is working toward a degree in international relations from the University of Southern Maine, has studied Arabic at the University of Jordan in Amman, and recently attended Seton Hall’s Whitehead School of Diplomacy. In his spare time he enjoys international relations, travel, hiking and reading.

Evans is from Edgewood, Wash. She holds a bachelor of arts in community recreation from Western Washington University in Bellingham. While working as an event and youth program coordinator for her university and as a day camp counselor for the YMCA, she gained many exceptional organization and team building skills that she brings to Trekkers. Originally a Seattle native, Evans grew up in the Pacific Northwest leading a very active lifestyle. She looks forward to being able to share her passions for hiking, camping, traveling, running, kayaking, sailing, and biking with youth so they too can learn firsthand how to develop a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

As program coordinators, Young and Evans will be working to expand offerings to students including tutoring and Trekkers’ peer mentoring program Big Trek/Little Trek. They will also help in organizing expeditions, recruiting volunteers and overall administrative assistance. Their arrival at Trekkers is well-aligned with the organization’s six-year expansion plan to increase student enrollment and staff.

For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please contact Don Carpenter, executive director at don@trekkers.org or 594-5095.