News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, October 9, 2014
Non-Profit’ program expanding at GSA

GSA students pilot nonprofit project

Members of George Stevens Academy’s Non-Profit Experience pilot program seated from left are Jordon Soper, Madison Politte, Tate Yoder and Anna Ludlow.

Photo courtesy of George Stevens Academy

For six months last year, four George Stevens Academy juniors participated in a pilot “Non-Profit Experience” program that engaged them in project-based volunteer work at two local nonprofit organizations. The four students also spent class time learning about leadership, nonprofit governance, philanthropy, and fundraising from leaders in Maine’s nonprofit sector. This year, thanks to a gift from the Unity Foundation, students participating in the program will be able to award grants to nonprofits in their community as they learn about grant-making processes and assist with grant requests on behalf of the program, according to a mews release from the school.

Students Madison Politte and Tate Yoder partnered with Down East Family YMCA and helped organize a mud run that the Y is considering for spring 2015. Anna Ludlow and Jordon Soper worked with Blue Hill Memorial Hospital to develop a full-day health fair for GSA students scheduled for October 22. Presentations will focus on behavioral health, sexual education, stress and time management, and diet and nutrition. Zoe Tenney, a 1993 GSA graduate and Family Nurse Practitioner at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, will be the keynote speaker.

“I applied to this program,” said Ludlow, “because I saw it as an opportunity to learn how I could make a difference and give back to the community, something I think everyone should learn. Jordon and I gained a new level of responsibility by managing our project with the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, something that will hopefully really benefit the school this year and in future years.”

All four students will be sharing what they learned with the new group of NPE students this winter. “We are thrilled that Madi, Tate, Anna and Jordon are participating again this year and helping us mentor new participants,” said Rada Starkey, GSA Director of Development. “In the coming weeks these four will introduce this year’s program to students and help create interest in participating. Area nonprofit participants this year are Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, At Home Downeast, WERU, Haystack, and Blue Hill Heritage Trust.”