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!
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