Programs - Black Bear Mentors
The Black Bear Mentor Program provides area youth with the opportunity to develop assets needed to thrive by building safe, healthy relationships with trained, committed college student volunteers. UMaine students are matched with a student in grades 3-8 in the local community and meet once a week for 2 hours, October through April. Matches also come onto campus a few times during the year to participate in fun activities. Every mentor is provided with an orientation prior to being matched, and everyone participates in mid-year training in February.
In 2010 the Black Bear Mentor Program developed a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine. BBBSMM expanded their service area to include Penobscot County, and they provide training and administrative guidance as well as match support to our program. To learn more about the BBBSMM program, visit their website.
The Black Bear Mentor Program serves the following sites:Old Town Elementary School (link) Leonard Middle School, Old Town (link) Lewis Libby School, Milford (link) Old Town Recreation Department (link) If you are interested in making a difference in the life of a child and becoming a Black Bear Mentor for the academic year of 2013-2014, please contact Anne McKay or Roosevelt Boone (581-1786). Feel free to fill out the Mentor-Application-2013-2014 and either submit it via email or stop by our office, 311 Memorial Union, and hand it in!
Check out this article from February 2014 about Black Bear Mentors (and siblings) Jared and Emily Duggan – article
What Has the Black Bear Mentor Program Been Up To?
On Wednesday, January 22nd & Thursday, 23rd 2014 we had two “Meet Your Mentor Dinners,” where we served around 100 different individuals including: mentors & mentees. We had one dinner at Dr. Lewis Libby School and the other one at Old Town Elementary School. We are very thankful for the cafeteria space that was donated to us during that time! The children along with their mentors did a great job making homemade meatballs, salad, and garlic bread during their mentoring session last Wednesday! We are also very thankful to Sonja Birthisel, Food Corps Service Member, who partnered with us to help us prep the food and helped us with the dinner on Thursday night. All of the leftovers went to our food pantry on campus: the Black Bear Exchange! Both dinners were great successes and we thank you for all coming and being part of the fun! It was great to see so many smiling faces!
Men’s Basketball Game:
On Saturday, February 1, 2014, if you have signed up with Roosevelt, we will all be meeting in the Memorial Union in the Multi-Purpose Room @ 12:00pm ( there will be signs that will direct you). We will have Pizza here from 12:00-1:00 pm. We will then be taking buses to the Cross Center in Bangor, where we will be watching the UMaine’s Men’s Basketball Team playing UMBC at 2:00 pm. Be ready for a great & fun day!
Mandatory Mid-Year Training for Mentors:
Wednesday, February 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room-Dinner will be Provided!
On-Campus Visit for Mentees:
Monday April 14th & Wednesday April 16th
Permission slips will be coming out at the end of March.
Last Day of Mentoring:
Monday April 28th & Wednesday April 30th (This is Maine Day- but we expect all Mentors to be at their site!)