Bank staff support youth programs

BAR HARBOR — In the fourth quarter of 2018, employees of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust raised funds for Healthy Acadia’s DownEast Teen Leadership Camp, Friends Program, Inc. in Concord, N.H. and the Vermont Institute for Natural Science. The money was raised through donations from the Bank’s employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for a Cause.

DownEast Teen Leadership Camp (DETLC) is an annual, five-day residential summer camp program for teens entering grades 7 to 9, hosted by Healthy Acadia and held at the University of Maine at Machias, primarily serving Washington County youth. The vision of DETLC is to provide youth with social, communication and leadership skills to promote resiliency and to deter misuse of substances, including tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. DETLC is deeply impactful for the youth who participate, in terms of their opportunity to have a positive summer experience, the knowledge and tools they gain to make healthy choices, as well as the leadership skills they develop during camp and build during the following years through ongoing school-based programming.

Founded in 1975, the Friends Youth Mentoring Program provides boys and girls, ages 6-17, from Merrimack County, New Hamsphire with a mentor who serves as a positive role model and a supportive advocate. At the core of this healthy one-on-one relationship is the bond that is established. Mentoring has shown to help strengthen the life of a child at home, in school, and in the community. In this strength-based, prevention program the children respond to this special opportunity and mentors truly propel them forward in life. The Friends Youth Mentoring Program has earned a reputation as life-changing. The program gives encouragement and hope to youngsters referred by a professional network of partner schools and youth serving organizations.

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) Nature Camp helps young people develop the life skills necessary to be a positive force for their community and the environment. By exploring the diversity of living creatures and habitats, campers build respectful, caring relationships with themselves, others and the natural world. VINS Nature Camp provides hands-on programs that immerse children in nature and bring them face-to-face with endless possibilities for discovery and invoke curiosity, inquiry and innovation — the roots of science and learning.

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