Trekkers launches alumni initiative

Feb 14, 2018
Attending a recent meeting for Trekkers alumni were, from left, front: Brian Haskell, Meredith Joyce, Mackenzie Murry, Katie Jacob, Kristin Sawyer, Alyssa Rolerson; rear: Annie Bailey, Jessie Ellis, Elias Edward-Jenks, Kristin Rickard, Taylor Stenger, Executive Director Amie Hutchison, Brandon Caron.

Thomaston — In late January, several Trekkers alumni met with members of the Trekkers staff to discuss alumni involvement with the organization. This was the first meeting of a new initiative focused on ways to actively engage alumni with Trekkers.

The initial Alumni Engagement Committee meeting included Brandon Caron, program manager; Amie Hutchison, executive director; Katie Jacob Trekkers Institute AmeriCorps VISTA staff member; alumni from Trekkers classes 2003 to 2015 and a current Trekkers student. This group will represent nearly 500 graduates of the six-year mentoring program.

The emphasis of the meeting was to draft an alumni engagement plan, with a focus on reconnecting Trekkers alumni with the organization itself, to one another, and to current students participating in the program. Some of the goals the committee identified were to increase the amount of volunteer hours and donations by alumni, to create an active and engaging alumni communication tool and to host an annual Trekkers alumni event.

For more information, contact Caron at 594-5095 or

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