Farwell Elementary School - Lewiston, ME

by Ivan Levin
Activity Type: Other
Region: Northeast

This project provides different programs - environmental careers, leadership and risk avoidance - for different groups of urban youth.

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This project focuses on three different opportunities for three different groups of urban youth from Lewiston's Tree Street Youth Center. The Center supports the youth of Lewiston-Auburn, Maine through academics, the arts and athletics. We provide Lewiston-Auburn youth with a safe space that encourages healthy physical, social, emotional, and academic development while building unity across lines of difference. We serve 120-150 at-risk youth grades Pre K-12 each day, who live primarily in the downtown Lewiston community. Approximately 65% of the youth we serve are of immigrant and refugee families from various African nations, with the 35% U.S. born youth coming from extremely diverse backgrounds. Nearly every youth we serve lives at or below the poverty level with 89% of our overall populations served being youth of color. 

One group would be for high school youth who are interested in exploring environmental careers. They would spend three days in Acadia National Park participating in a number of outdoor activities that raise their awareness of nature and environmental careers. The second trip would be for high school leadership program participants to get outdoors and challenge themselves in new ways on the Appalachian Trail. This trip would include team-building exercises, outdoor recreation challenges to push each other, and camping. The third trip would be for a smaller group of middle school/high school boys who have had contact or risk contact with the Juvenile Corrections system. This group would meet throughout the year preparing themselves physically and mentally to summit Mt. Katahdin in an overnight camping trip as the culmination of their year long group work. In addition to the three major trips, Tree Street Youth will plan other smaller outings for each group to ensure they have exposure to travelling, hiking and the outdoors before embarking on overnight trips to more distant locations.

How many kids (grades K-8) will be directly engaged in this project?


What is the name or school district associated with the project?

Farwell Elementary School