May 21, 2019
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Local businesses and professionals host Trekkers students for mock interviews

Community Author: Shari Closter
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First National Bank | Contributed
First National Bank | Contributed

MIDCOAST — As part of Trekkers’ LEAP Program, 30 students from the 10th grade teams, Beacon and Atlas, participated in a workshop on resume writing, professional etiquette, appropriate dress, self-confidence and answering interview questions.

Each student created a resume to share with professionals from local community businesses who agreed to be mock-interviewers. The goal of these interviews was to provide students an opportunity in presenting themselves professionally to others. This year local businesses and professionals who hosted mock interviews for Trekkers students at their workplace included: First National Bank, Target Marketing, Camden National Bank, Fisher Engineering, Allen Insurance and Financial, Scott Cunningham, Doug Erickson, Pat Mundy, Alice Preble, and Molly Hopper.

Regan Cahalan, from Allen Insurance and Financial, said, “I was so impressed by all of the students. They all did a great job. We really enjoyed having them and they each handled themselves professionally. You guys are doing great work with them – it’s really amazing.”

The LEAP Program (Launching Empowered and Aspiring Professionals) is a program designed to help Trekkers’ students gain the real-life experience necessary to make informed decisions about their future. Spanning multiple years, the program provides the students with a wide-variety of professional experiences including mock interviews, a professional panel, a college and career expedition, and an internship placement to help prepare them for life after high-school by exploring post-secondary options and different careers.

Trekkers is a non-profit organization providing a long-term program that connects young people with caring mentors and leverages out-of-classroom expeditionary learning to help them grow into resilient and responsible adults. Trekkers was founded in 1994 as an outdoor-based, youth mentoring organization that now serves 240 seventh through twelfth-grade students from the Midcoast communities of Owls Head, Thomaston, South Thomaston, Rockland, Cushing and St. George. In 2017, the Trekkers Training Institute was founded to train other youth development professionals throughout the state in the Trekkers model. Trekkers can be reached at 207-594-5095 and