Dressing down benefits Youthlinks

Apr 01, 2014
Gathered for a check presentation in the Rockland Youthlinks office are, from left, Sarah Woodman and Alyssa Sweet, AmeriCorps  program managers through the Great Strides program; Alicia Costa and Shannon Wenners, The First; Hannah Magnusson, program manager, AmeriCorps; Kris Koerber, Youthlinks program director; Polly Chatfield and Susan St. John, Youthlinks Advisory Board.

Rockland — Employees of The First recently raised $606 for the Youthlinks program after donating $1 for each Friday they dressed casually.

Nominated by the Rockland Park Street branch for the month of February, employees of The First have been dressing casually on Fridays in support of charitable organizations throughout their market areas in Maine.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, located in Rockland, that provides after-school programs that include community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to all youth ages 12 to 18 from anywhere in Midcoast Maine. Teens in the after-school programs learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. After-school programs are free for participating youth.

Youthlinks is funded through a combination of state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations.

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