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Leadership | Engagement | Academics
Development | Enrichment | Recreation | Service

Black Bear L.E.A.D.E.R.S. is an innovative, cutting-edge program that provides first-year students with a unique opportunity to connect with peers, academics,  resources, activities and the whole UMaine campus.  The purpose of this program is to get first-year students plugged in to their academics, major, future career, campus resources, local community, and the UMaine student organizations and activities available. Each Leader is matched with an upperclass student Coach. Coaches meet with their Leaders individually every other week to provide support through their first year of college, address any questions or concerns that arise, and get them engaged in activities to ensure they are getting the most out of their UMaine experience. Coaches also work as a team to organize group programs based on the needs and interests of the Leader they work with.Graduate Assistants plan fun trips and activities to bring the group together as a team.  In the past 2 years we have visited Portland, Acadia National Park, and Baxter State Park. More fun is planned for this year!

Wondering what kind of activities we do?  Below is just a sample:

  • Overnight in Portland
  • Crafts
  • Resume Workshop
  • Rock Climbing
  • Fitness Classes, Soccer, Basketball and other Campus Rec activities
  • MaineBound Trips & Activities
  • Career Fair, Internship Workshop, Interview Skills Training
  • Study-Abroad Workshop
  • Healthy High 5k and other races
  • College Writing Workshop
  • “How to handle what life throws at you”
  • Study Tips & Study Groups
  • Library and Campus Tours
  • Performances at the Collins Center for the Arts
  • Movies & Concerts
  • BearFest, Relay for Life, Out of the Darkness Walk, Hike for the Homeless, etc.
  • Black Bear Sports!

If you think you would benefit from a little extra support  during your first year at the University of Maine, Black Bear L.E.A.D.E.R.S. is the right program for you.  We are  here to  have fun and to help you succeed!

Black Bear Leaders is sponsored by:

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UNUM is an organization built on openness, trust, professionalism, respect for others and, above all, integrity.

UNUM takes pride in its endeavors, accepts responsibility for actions, and learns from experiences to improve services.