To the Trekkers in Rockland

Just two months into my term serving with AmeriCorps at Trekkers in Rockland, I can already say this is one of the greatest decisions I ever made.

In my short time here, I’ve already fallen in love with my new community in Midcoast Maine and have been able to give back to it in ways I never imagined possible.

I spent my college career studying environmental science, where I quickly learned that, in the cheesiest way possible, young people are immensely powerful and also are our future. They deserve to know their value and be given all the tools we can provide to cultivate their power and shape their lives and our world into ones they want.

Trekkers taught me how to channel my goodwill into mentorship and given me the opportunity to empower youth in such a way. Especially on my recent nine-day expedition with a team of 11th graders, I have found so much fulfillment in developing relationships with all of the wonderful and unique students involved and learned just as much from them as they probably did from me, if not way more.

I looked to AmeriCorps for a chance to give back to the world and to expand my skills in community work. I didn’t expect to land in such a wonderful place surrounded with so many contagiously compassionate people, to learn this much about myself and my relationship to the world around me, or to be filled with as much positivity and lust for life that volunteering with AmeriCorps at Trekkers has afforded me.

Trekkers encourages people in the community to volunteer in support of local youth. If interested, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Trekkers’ Administrative Coordinator, Emma Beaudry at

Tallie Foster