News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 13, 2014
Brooklin Youth Corps sets sign-up deadline

Teens who want to join the Brooklin Youth Corps this coming summer must sign up by Tuesday, April 1, the organization announced in a news release.

The BYC is a town-sponsored work and self-esteem program for Brooklin residents between the ages of 14 and 17. From the end of June to mid-August, under the guidance of an adult coordinator, the teens are paid minimum wage to do chores for homeowners and to help younger “apprentices” tend the school garden. They also do community service and take occasional time off for recreation.

The program runs four days a week, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The BYC will schedule around individual members’ other commitments.

The number of teens who have signed up by April 1 will affect the BYC’s funding request at Brooklin’s April 5 town meeting, which in turn will determine staffing and transportation arrangements. If enough teens sign up, the BYC will need two coordinators and two vans. Otherwise, the organization will need funding for only one coordinator and one van.

A teen or parent who wants to reserve a place in this summer’s corps should write to the BYC at P.O. Box 141, Brooklin, ME 04616, or return the stamped reply card that was mailed to parents of Brooklin high schoolers. Those with questions may contact Ellen Booraem at or 359-2123, or Kim Bianco at 1-978-798-5240.