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Students work to develop organization for homeless teens

Belfast -

BELFAST, Maine — With assistance from AmeriCorps, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, and the Maine Community Foundation, students at BCOPE have started work on a new service learning project: the development of a local non-profit organization devoted to helping homeless teens, Waldo County Safe Homes for Teens. Students are participating in grant writing, presentation and logo design, budgeting, and publicity, all for extra-credit in academic subjects including English, social studies, art, and math. This experience also offers participating students the added bonus of potential material for an academic resume when pursuing college admission and scholarships. AmeriCorps service-learning coordinator Jessica Falconer works with BCOPE’s director Gary Skigen to create assignments that enhance academic learning while making valuable contributions to an organization that serves the students’ peer group.

September 1, 2011, marked the first official day of business for Waldo County Safe Homes for Teens. The organization arose out of a growing need in the community for assistance for homeless teens. Led by Skigen, an advisory board including Roy Curtis III (Waldo County Juvenile Justice Officer), William S. Kelly (Law Offices of William S. Kelly), Amy Koehling (Home Counselors of Maine Youth Outreach), Sheila Muldoon (Workforce Solutions Supervisor), and Jessica Woods (Guidance Counselor, Belfast Area High School) maintains oversight and direction. The advisory board welcomed Jessica Falconer as coordinator in May.

Waldo County Safe Homes for Teens located in Belfast, devoted to finding safe and stable home environments for homeless teens with the desire to stay in school. For more information about becoming a host family or if a student you know may benefit from our assistance,  contact WCSafeHomesforTeens@gmail.com or call 505-1551.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Jessica Falconer

Telephone Number: (207)505-1551


Email: WCSafeHomesforTeens@gmail.com