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BANGOR, Maine — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine (BBBSMCM) has opened its new office at the Bangor Y at 17 Second St. in Bangor. The agency is partnering with the Bangor Y and the University of Maine, Orono, to provide 1-to-1 youth mentoring services in Penobscot County. The agency presently offers mentoring services to more than 300 youth in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo Counties, and will be adding another 180 youth through their expansion into Penobscot County.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentoring services to children ages 5-14 facing adversity. Many come from single parent or divorced families with low income, and struggle socially and academically. Some have behavioral challenges, perform poorly in school, have low self-esteem, may distrust others or disregard authority. Matching these children with an older youth or adult allows them to receive support, guidance, encouragement, and a positive role model as they learn to become confident and caring members of their family, school and community. BBBS nurtures each of these matches with training, activities and professional support.

At the start of the school year in September, the agency will be launching School-Based Mentoring at the Downeast and Fairmount Schools in Bangor; Lewis S. Libby School in Milford; Veazie Community School; and Leonard Middle School and Old Town Elementary School in Old Town; and at Leroy H. Smith School and Samuel L. Wagner Middle School in WInterport. Children at these schools will be matched with high school students from Bangor High School and Hampden Academy and college students from the University of Maine.

To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine and its services in Penobscot County, call 593-0380, or email matt@bbbsmcm.org.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Alex Gaeth

Telephone Number: (207)593-0380

Website: http://www.bbbsmcm.org

Email: alex@bbbsmcm.org