Originally published in The Weekly Packet, June 28, 2018
Brooklin Youth Corps hires coordinator
Benjamin “Tig” Prendergast is the new coordinator for the Brooklin Youth Corps. This year’s BYC season began June 25 and runs through August 16, Monday through Thursday. Former BYC member and GSA graduate Seeta John will run the Garden Apprentice program this summer.
The youth corps is a town-sponsored summer program through which Brooklin teenagers earn minimum wage doing chores for homeowners as well as community service projects. The chores range from weeding to wood stacking, according to a news release from BYC.
Prendergast has recently worked as an Educational Technician in southern and mid-coast Maine, and prior to that he was an Emergency Department Technician in a Level 1 Trauma Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Created in 1997 by Brooklin selectmen and citizens to give teens a summertime activity and a chance to try out the working world, the BYC is subsidized by annual fund donations, grants, and funds approved at town meeting. A grant from the Maine Farmland Trust in Blue Hill helps to fund the BYC’s work in the garden it shares with the Brooklin School. The teens also raise funds for the program through projects such as the chicken barbecue at the town’s Fourth of July celebration, a bottle drop in Brooklin village, a stand at the Thursday afternoon farmers market, and other projects.
Employers are billed for the teens’ time at minimum wage, while program funds cover the teenagers’ social security and other employment taxes as well as the costs of coordinator salary, transportation, and equipment.