The mission of the Black Bear Mentors Program is to provide area youth 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 2-8 in the local community and meet once a week for 2 hours from October through April. 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-Coast Maine. BBBSMCM expanded their service area to include Penobscot County, and they agreed to provide training and administrative guidance as well as match support to our program. To learn more about the BBBSMCM program visit their website.
The Black Bear Mentor Program has the following sites:Old Town Elementary School (link) Leonard Middle School, Old Town (link) Lewis Libby School, Milford (link) Old Town Recreation Department (link) Penobscot Nation Boys & Girls Club (link) Veazie Recreation Department (link)
Would you like to become a mentor? If you are interested in becoming a Black Bear Mentor for the academic year of 2012-2013 please contact Keri West (581-1786). Get a head start, fill out the Mentor Application 2012-2013 and either email it or stop by our office and hand it in!