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 Heidi Crouse (581-1786). Click here to fill out an application!
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!
Watch this YouTube clip and see how this program affects our college students here at UMaine! Chloe Lucy, recent Elementary Education graduate, was in the program for all four years of her college career. You will see not only did the program change her mentee’s life but it changed her life as well!
Mandatory Mid-Year Training for Mentors:
On-Campus Visit for Mentees:
Last Day of Mentoring:
Thank you for all your support!
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