Trekkers Training Institute graduates inaugural class

Oct 11, 2017
Courtesy of: Trekkers Trekkers’ Training Institute AIP graduates, from left, front: Katie Jacob, Meredith Lynt, Trekkers Training Institute director, Briana West and Megan Taft; rear: Jessica Dumont, Michaela Stone, William Worthley, Stephen Colby, Lyndsey Smith,, Austin Muir.

Thomaston — Trekkers honored eight participants who graduated from the Trekkers Training Institute for Youth Development’s first summer immersion training experience Aug. 24. The Trekkers Institute forged the training program based on Trekkers’ 25 years in the field of youth development. The Trekkers model relies on consistent, long-term mentoring over a six-year period that lasts from seventh grade until high school graduation. The philosophy also cultivates a web of 360 degrees of support for a young person from Trekkers volunteers, parents, teachers, coaches, and/or clergy. Trekkers employs a series of cross-country adventures as a key component of experiential learning.

The summer graduates are staff members from the eight Maine organizations that were selected in early 2017 to participate in the Emanuel & Pauline A. Lerner Foundation’s Aspirations Incubator Program, a mentoring-based initiative aimed at raising and sustaining the aspirations of middle school and high school students in rural Maine communities and small cities. Participants include: Austin Muir/Chewonki Foundation, William Worthley/Community Bicycle Center, Megan Taft/Kieve-Wavus Education, Jessica Dumont/Old Town-Orono YMCA & RSU 34, Michaela Stone/Seeds of Independence, Briana West/The EdGE Program of Maine Seacoast Mission, Stephen Colby/Game Loft, Lyndsey Smith/University of Maine 4-H Center at Bryant Pond.

The three-month training provided by the Trekkers Institute this summer comprised the leadership development component of the Lerner Foundation’s AIP initiative. Training was held primarily at Trekkers’ office in Thomaston and involved intensive, hands-on training in Trekkers’ 10 Youth Programming Principles. Each day was varied, with time spent brainstorming, reflecting and participating in unique excursions, small group discussion and role-playing scenarios.

For more information about the Trekkers Training Institute, contact Meredith Lynt at For more information about the Aspirations Incubator Program and their partner organizations, contact Don Carpenter,

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