Trekkers receives community development grant

Nov 21, 2012
Trekkers’ Executive Director Don Carpenter receives the grant award from Machias Savings Bank Assistant Vice President, Judith Brogden.

Thomaston — Trekkers, a local youth mentoring organization, is the recipient of a $1,500 Community Development Grant from Machias Savings Bank. The grant will support the Trekkers’s third year of expansion, when the organization will increase student enrollment by 13 percent and expand the student leadership program in order to serve the youth of all six communities of Regional School Unit 13.

"Machias Savings Bank is proud to support Trekkers and the communities it serves, " Machias Savings Bank’s President Larry Barker said in a news release.

Trekkers began serving area youth in 1994. Through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education, the program connects seventh through 12th-grade students with caring adult mentors from the community. Trekkers’ six-year expansion plan is designed to incrementally double the number of students served through its long-term mentoring model.

“Trekkers is grateful to Machias Savings Bank for this generous Community Development Grant award. Now that we are approaching the half-way point in our program expansion, the funding comes at an opportune time for our organization,” said Executive Director Don Carpenter. “The support from Machias Savings Bank not only allows our educational program to serve additional students, it will also benefit our local community in many ways.”

Funding from this grant will help Trekkers retain staff and leverage previously secured funds. As a result, the organization will be able to provide experiential learning opportunities to 120 seventh, eighth and ninth grade students this year. And, through a newly expanded Leadership Program, Trekkers will collaborate with Kieve-Wavus Leadership School to encourage, educate and prepare more student leaders to serve their community.

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

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