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Trekkers Participate in Life Skills Course

Posted March 15, 2013, at 12:46 p.m.
Oceanside High School sophomores Kaleb Robinson (left) and Bailee Cox (right) with Mary Bumiller, AVP, Branch Manager of Bangor Savings Bank in Rockland.
Oceanside High School sophomores Kaleb Robinson (left) and Bailee Cox (right) with Mary Bumiller, AVP, Branch Manager of Bangor Savings Bank in Rockland.

(THOMASTON) Trekkers 10th grade students recently completed a Life Skills Course designed to help them gain knowledge and confidence in presenting themselves professionally to others. This Life Skills Course is part of Trekkers’ Cross America program that is presented each year to high school sophomores.

This year, area professionals from Bangor Savings Bank, Boston Financial, Camden Savings Bank, The First Bank, Fisher Engineering and Lonza hosted mock interviews at their workplaces for the Trekkers students on March 5, 6 and 14. In the weeks prior to the interviews, Trekkers mentors met with students as they learned the importance of interview etiquette, including what to wear, how to self-advocate and how best to answer tough questions. Each student created a Web page “resume” describing themselves, their community and their aspirations. Their Web pages were shared with participating interviewers, who reviewed the students’ pages and gathered information for the interview process.

Students then completed a mock interview. They dressed professionally and traveled to one of the participating local businesses, as if applying for a job there. The interviews lasted approximately 20 minutes and ended with a period of review and constructive feedback from a business professional.

One student said the following in an evaluation after completing the course: “When I go for a real job, I will be ready.”

Trekkers’ Program Manager Meredith Lynt said, “We are really fortunate to live in a community where the business community is willing to commit time and energy to young people. These businesses and the professionals who are employed by them, genuinely care about preparing local youth for the next step; whether that’s college, an after school job or a lifelong career, each business affirmed students’ belief that they have the ability to pursue their goals and dreams.”

In addition to completing the required Life Skills course, the students in the Cross America Program have also been preparing for their 14-day expedition in late July/August when the group will explore and study the environmental uniqueness of the Rocky Mountains area in Colorado. Together, they will explore Mesa Verde, Arches, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Great Sand Dunes and Rocky Mountain National Parks. They will also do a service project with Habitat for Humanity.

Trekkers is a non-profit, youth-serving organization focused on providing young people in mid-coast Maine with dynamic ways to form relationships with caring adults. The Trekkers Cross America program is offered every year to 10th grade students living in the communities served by RSU #13. For more information on Trekkers, please call (207) 594-5095 or visit http://www.trekkers.org.

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