For a 3rd consecutive 12 months, in a testomony to their shared dedication to fostering optimistic change in native communities, Wholesome Acadia was chosen to companion with The Alternative Alliance and Maine Youth Motion Community to function a Gateway for Alternative host website. Via the G2O program, the nonprofit group well being group serving Maine’s Downeast area employed eleven native teenagers and younger adults to serve in six-week paid summer season internships to design and full service tasks to profit their communities. The youth served in two groups primarily based in Machias and Princeton.
The Gateway to Alternative Program is a groundbreaking initiative that goals to empower younger individuals experiencing low revenue, each in-school and out-of-school, by offering them with paid work-based studying tasks. These tasks function stepping stones for the youth members, equipping them with the important Twenty first-century abilities required for future profession success. Drawing from nationwide greatest practices for youth employability, G2O represents a contemporary and progressive method to work-based studying.
Particularly tailor-made for younger individuals aged 16-18, Gateway to Alternative is a transformative six-week summer season workforce growth program. Its major goal is to attach the youth with significant employment alternatives throughout Maine. Every participant is paired with a “host website” – a neighborhood enterprise, group, or authorities company. As a workforce, they work to design or improve a group undertaking that locations a powerful emphasis on the voices of younger individuals. By doing so, G2O creates an interesting and dynamic work surroundings that nurtures genuine pathways for the youth to develop essential profession abilities.
In Princeton, a workforce of 5 youths – Christian Borden, Evan Borden, Emma Bailey, Natalie Harriman, and Haylee Scott, and their near-peer workforce chief, Mykalah Howard, developed a complete betterment plan for his or her city’s recreation space. Following the profitable presentation of their proposal to each the Princeton Parks and Recreation Division and the city’s Board of Selectmen and acquiring their enthusiastic approval, the G2O workforce eagerly put their plan into motion.
All through the summer season, the workforce members allotted their time between grounds upkeep and inventive creation — tidying up the minimally-maintained basketball courts and sports activities subject and meticulously designing and making a heartfelt, handpainted mural for his or her group. The overarching theme of their accomplished work symbolizes each the devastating results of substance use on their households, buddies, and group and the uplifting energy of robust group connections to beat such challenges.
The Machias G2O workforce, which included 4 teenagers and their near-peer workforce chief, helped to design, plan, facilitate, and debrief Wholesome Acadia’s annual week-long Down East Teen Management Camp for the 2023 summer season session. The group not too long ago shared a collective abstract of their expertise.
Our G2O workforce labored collectively to contribute to DETLC (Down East Teen Management Camp) The workforce consists of; Arden Luuring, Cedric Ge, Saphyre Bissonnette, and our workforce facilitator, Madison Fleurent.
Everybody equally helped plan and arrange for the camp – there have been issues like establishing all of the schedules and binders for campers, organizing the entire gear, and interviewing the individuals who could be presenting at DETLC to share our enter and make the shows related for the campers. We additionally realized about management and took part in team-building workout routines and facilitation. After the camp, we mirrored on our expertise at camp and issues we felt may very well be modified for subsequent 12 months.
DETLC was not solely enjoyable however allowed house for connection and taking dangers for not solely us however the campers too.
Wholesome Acadia extends an enormous thanks to those 2023 G2O workforce members for his or her excellent management and galvanizing dedication to creating optimistic impacts of their group.
For extra details about Down East Teen Camp, go to https://www.healthyacadia.org/sb-detlc or contact Sara McConnell at [email protected]. For details about Wholesome Acadia’s youth engagement packages and actions, go to https://www.healthyacadia.org/sb. In Washington County, contact Corrie Hunkler at [email protected] or Camisha Norris at [email protected]. In Hancock County, contact Tara Younger at [email protected] or Andrew Simon at [email protected].
For extra details about the Gateway to Alternative go to https://www.myan.org/programming/g2o/.
Wholesome Acadia is a 501(C)(3) group well being group constructing vibrant communities and making it simpler for everybody to guide wholesome lives all through Washington and Hancock counties. For extra details about Wholesome Acadia’s group well being and wellness packages and providers, go to healthyacadia.org.