News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, May 3, 2018
Teen summer program in Brooklin seeks coordinator

Now preparing for its 21st summer, the Brooklin Youth Corps is looking for an energetic, youth-oriented person to serve as coordinator, according to a news release.

The youth corps is a nonprofit, self-esteem and employment program for Brooklin teenagers. It was started in 1997 by the town, using property-tax dollars and a federal grant. Today it is supported by town funds and donations from private individuals, as well as fundraising efforts by the teenagers.

Through the BYC, teenagers are employed up to 35 hours a week doing chores for individuals and businesses, as well as community projects such as tending the school garden. They are paid by a combination of program funds and client reimbursement.

The program’s success hinges on the coordinator’s ability to inspire and lead teenagers. The coordinator organizes the work week, helps the teenagers learn and perform their jobs, works alongside them, and makes sure they behave. It’s important that the program be fun for everyone, including the coordinator.

The coordinator also bills clients and provides the town treasurer with information required to issue the teenagers’ paychecks.

The ideal candidate will have experience working with young people, as well as good communication and organizational skills. This is a salaried, 10-to-12-week position. The coordinator’s activities would start in June. Some scheduling is negotiable.

Anyone interested in the position should send a letter of interest and a resume to or Brooklin Youth Corps, P.O. Box 141, Brooklin, ME 04616.