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Return of EdGE Summer Camp’s Positive Risk Takers

CHERRYFIELD, ME — More photos from EdGE Site Coordinator Jen Kearns of Cherryfield EdGE Summer Camp students learning basic photography, including photo editing, and enjoying their free time playing Capture the Flag, learning to whistle using jack grass, learning to cool down, and watching a good movie. Learn more of what EdGE Summer Camp has…

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Sunbeam Gala 2021 – A Festive Evening of Friends

NOTE: Thank you to Mission Director of Administration Ann Cox Halkett and Development Operations Associate Thomas Thompson for this Sunbeam Award Gala 2021 recap. NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — The Mission’s 2021 Sunbeam Award Gala was a great success, a joy to gather in Bar Harbor to honor Sigma Kappa and Acadia Senior College. The August…

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College Exploration-Engagement Students’ Mini Retreat

In 2019 the Mission introduced a new College Exploration and Engagement Program (CEE) for Sumner and Narraguagus junior and senior high school students centered on college preparation, persistence, and completion. Christina Griffith, the Mission Director of Davis Maine Scholarship, sent this report on the CEE group’s first in-person gathering in twelve months. “For the first…

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Mission Hosts Island Fellows Retreat at Weald Bethel

CHERRYFIELD, ME — On July 30, Downeast Campus Facilities Manager Scott Shaw wrote, “We just hosted the overnight Island Fellows Retreat at the Weald Bethel Community Center! It feels great to have the building in use again and the group thoroughly enjoyed their stay,” said Scott. According to the Island Institute, “The Island Institute’s Island…

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Journey Cohort 3 Weekend – Teamwork, Resiliency

CHERRYFIELD, ME — Program Manager Dakin Hewlett and Program Coordinator Briana West shared this update about the Mission’s EdGE Journey six-year youth mentoring program. EdGE Journey, launched in 2017,  is made possible by the Emanuel and Pauline A. Lerner Foundation and its mentoring-based initiative, Aspirations Incubator: This past weekend, due to the pandemic, EdGE Journey…

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Annual Workers’ Welcome Fair Ushers In Downeast Blueberry Season

Annual Workers’ Welcome Fair Ushers In Downeast Blueberry SeasonMaine Public | By Ari SniderPublished July 31, 2021 at 11:24 AM EDT Blueberry season is getting underway, and that means hundreds of migrant workers who rake and process Maine’s iconic wild berries are arriving in the state. To welcome the workers, several support organizations participated in…

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Thank you Thursday for Trailblazer Award Winner Brittney Church

It’s Thank you Thursday. Today’s shout out of Mission love goes to this year’s Trailblazer Award winner at our 2021 President’s Scholarships Celebration – Brittney Church. Brittney, a Narraguagus High School (NHS) graduate, is entering her fourth year at the University of Maine Farmington studying Elementary Education. She is incredibly driven, smart, and resilient. In…

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People & Places – Scott Shaw

CHERRYFIELD, ME — I am the Downeast Campus Facilities Manager and the Housing Rehabilitation Manager, and I joined the Mission in 2003. The older housing stock in Washington County has always been challenging for families to maintain. With the help of hundreds of amazing volunteers every normal, non-Covid year, we assist with needed repairs so…

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