|Category||Community Outreach , Children/Youth , Environment , Education .|
Over the course of 25+ years, Trekkers has been cultivating the inherent strengths of young people through the power of long-term mentoring relationships. Our uniquely effective program provides students with a six-year community support network that helps young people navigate the transition to adulthood. Trekkers utilizes outdoor, experiential, and travel-based education as a means of strengthening resiliency, raising aspirations, defining post-secondary goals, and increasing connections between young people and their communities. The Trekkers model is based on its Principles of Youth Development - a flexible, responsive model for nurturing social and emotional development that honors students for who they are and what their potential makes possible. Through grade-specific programs that build on the skills, learning and personal growth gained the previous year, Trekkers incorporates five educational components: adventure-based learning, cultural awareness, community service, environmental stewardship and wilderness exploration. Trekkers seeks to expose students to the diversity of people, cultures, natural resources and opportunities that exist outside the focus of their everyday life and to prepare them for life beyond high school. Trekkers serves 240 students a year from our rural, six-town service area. The Trekkers AmeriCorps Mentoring Program greatly increases Trekkers impact on young people through their support in preparing for and co-leading expeditions, along with their direct contact with young people in a mentoring capacity before, after, and on expeditions. Our AmeriCorps members double the number of hours Trekkers spend with our students, and also increases the number of students we can support in our communities.
Member Duties : Each member will be assigned 4 cohorts of 20 students. The member will be responsible for building a mentoring relationship with these students. Each member will have a cohort in at least four of the following grades: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th. They will attend the twice monthly team meetings and participate in the 10 day expedition for each cohort. The leadership programming will include recruiting and training Trekkers students from 11th grade to be volunteer mentors for 7th-9th grade Trekkers. The peer mentoring program includes recruiting and training students to be volunteer mentors for elementary school students from the school district. The remainder of each member's time will be spent in training and team and supervision meetings as well as engaged in the recruitment and training of adult community members.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible , Living Allowance , Education award upon successful completion of service , Health Coverage , Training .
Permits working at another job during off hours , Car recommended , Permits attendance at school during off hours .
Service Areas :
Community Outreach , Children/Youth , Environment , Education .
General Skills , Conflict Resolution , First Aid , Leadership , Community Organization , Communications , Team Work , Teaching/Tutoring , Youth Development , Computers/Technology .