THOMASTON, Maine — This fall, 14 Oceanside High School students volunteered more than 100 hours as peer mentors for Trekkersâ€™ Big Trek/Little Trek program. Currently in its seventh year, Big Trek/Little Trek pairs together high school students and third or fourth graders from Lura Libby and St. George School for one-on-one mentoring.
During the seven-week session this fall, the 28 students met weekly for one hour and participated in a blend of group and one-on-one activities. The pairs played board games, played basketball, drew or simply had a conversation.
â€śI loved that I was able to become friends with someone who, without this experience, I normally wouldnâ€™t have,â€ť said one mentor. After successfully completing the fall session, all 14 high school participants stated that they are more likely to volunteer in the future.
The program also benefits the Little Treks. In addition to improving interpersonal skills, Big Trek/Little Trek allows Little Treks to receive encouragement and attention from a positive role-model. â€śIâ€™d like to be in it again,â€ť said one Little Trek.
â€śBig Trek/Little Trek has so many positives,â€ť said Trekkers Program Coordinator, Elisabeth Lohmueller. â€śThe Big Treks are able to serve the community while developing leadership skills. The Little Treks receive a huge self-esteem boost by having a teenager devote one hour each week specifically to them.â€ť
In preparation for the seven-week spring session, Big Trek/Little Trek will be recruiting new high school mentors and elementary school participants in early January. Any 9th-12th grade student in RSU #13 is welcome to apply to be a Big Trek. Applications will be available at Oceanside High School, east and west campuses. Parents interested in enrolling their third or fourth grader from Lura Libby or the St. George School should contact their childâ€™s school guidance counselor for more information.
For more information about the Big Trek/Little Trek program,Â contact Trekkers at 594-5095 or visit www.trekkersonline.com.
Contact Name: Elisabeth Lohmueller, Program Coordinator
Telephone Number: (207)594-5095