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TRiO Students Work to Reduce Bullying

Posted Nov. 15, 2012, at 2:33 p.m.

The Student Support Services TRiO program at the University of Maine at Fort Kent works to foster leadership development among its students. One of the programs that it offers is the TRiO Leadership Group. The program is comprised of TRiO program participants, and uses experimental learning opportunities to facilitate skill development in team building, communication, and leadership skills.

The Afterschool Mentoring program is one of the many programs lead by students each semester. The program is an activity-based group for elementary school-aged children to allow them to develop interpersonal skills and to build and maintain healthy relationships.

Connie Malenica, a social worker for Maine School Administrative District #27, shared that “the staff at the Fort Kent Elementary school are pleased to have an additional program to offer to our students. Utilizing the time and talents of our college students down the street just makes sense; with the added plus of the fact that it’s offered during time after school. All students can benefit from extra programming related to building social skills.”

The Student Support Services TRiO program at UMFK serves 160 students as they pursue their academic, personal, and career goals. The Student Support Services TRiO program is designed to improve academic performance, increase student motivation, and increase persistence and retention rates.

For further information about the TRiO program at UMFK, please call 834-7530, or visit them on the web at: http://www.umfk.edu/trio/

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