What is ATLC?

What is ATLC?

 Here’s the technical aspect of ATLC…

The Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp (ATLC) program is a leadership development and drug prevention program focusing on Aroostook County students in grades 5-9. There are two program components: a five-day residential summer camp in late July, and a variety of follow-up programs and activities that are offered during the school year. The summer camp program provides leadership skills, drug awareness information, team-building, and coping skills development. The follow-up activities during the school year provide teens with the opportunity to continue developing and strengthening leadership skills while participating in a network of Aroostook County teens interested in living drug-free. Teens are encouraged to stay involved in the program for as long as they can/ want long after they have attended as campers. This program is open to ANY teen!

Mission: The Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp (ATLC) program develops teen drug prevention leaders having the necessary knowledge, skills, training, and support to effectively work with other teens during a residential summer camp program and in follow-up activities during the school year.

Vision: Aroostook County will be ranked as the lowest county in Maine for substance use among students in grades 5-9, as measured by Maine’s Youth Drug and Alcohol Use Survey (MYDAUS).

Core Beliefs: We believe that teens are effective substance abuse prevention leaders when given the necessary knowledge, tools, training, and support. We also believe teens listen and talk more to other teens than to adults.

Program Need: The 2008 Maine Youth Drug and Alcohol Use Survey shows Aroostook County teens in grades 5-9 as having a drug use problem, with 15.3% reporting use by grade 6. By grade 9 alcohol use increased 20.8%, tobacco use 12.4%, and marijuana use 5.4%. Early drug/alcohol use increases risk of mental health problems, drug/alcohol dependence, eduacational underachievement, physical health problems, and social difficulties during later adolescence and early adulthood.

Program Goals:

to prevent or delay early use of alcohol and other illegal drugs by Aroostook County teens;

to increase favorable teen attitudes about not using alcohol and other illegal drugs;

to develop teen drug prevention leaders; and

to provide a teen support network for a drug-free lifestyle.

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ATLC’s 2017 summer program will be taking place at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle from July 23-27, 2017.  Registrations  for this  will be available in February-Stay Tuned!
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Stew Night!!- ATLC will be hosting its annual Stew Night on Feb. 17 at the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club. Stews/Soups and grilled cheese are just a few items that will be served. It costs $6 a person and promises to be a great time! Please spread the word and come and join us!!!

If you are interested in making something to be served or want a job for the evening, please get in touch with Amber before Tuesday, January 31st. We can surely use the help!

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Camp 2016 DVDs- These gems are ready to go! By sending in your $15, you could have yours mailed to you too! See contact information for mailing address. All checks made payable to ATLC.

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“HAPPY BIRTHDAY”:  Happy Birthday to our following special friends with a birthday during January :

January 3rd

~Julee Cote

January 11th

~Ashley Stevens

~Karoline Dillenbeck

January 14th

~Ross Lowery

January 28th

~Lauren Craig

January 29th

~Jacob Williams

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Information for Teens (and parents) currently in our program…

 

ATLC-2017 CAMP STAFF SELECTION: Thanks to those who sent requests to be considered for Big Brother/ Big Sister, Facilitator, or Co-Facilitator positions at summer camp! The Camp Administrative Team will meet on Saturday, Jan. 29(snow date: Feb. 4) to discuss, Big Brother/ Big Sister, Facilitator, and Co-Facilitator requests. More information will be provided to these individuals in February.

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School Presentation Teams

If you have received a letter from Amber asking to be a member of your school’s Presentation Team, please be sure that you have contacted her to let her know whether you can or cannot be a part of the team before January 10th!  The presentation team will have training on January 22, at One Vaughn Place in Caribou. This training is to help you give a presentation about ATLC to 6th -8th graders in your school so they can look into registering for ATLC -2017.

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Student Staff Applications:

Interested in being a student staff at ATLC-2017? Any teen who completed an ATLC summer camp program and has not graduated from high school can apply. Email Amber a request for an application any time after Dec. 27th.  Applications are also available in the Student Staff Application tab above. Once you’ve received an application, it must be filled out completely and sent into Amber NO LATER than February 1st. Must be emailed or postmarked by the 1st to be considered!  If you have already been Student Staff one year, you may apply again. Remember, you can only be a Student Staff for two years. Please do not wait until the last minute! Each application needs to be accompanied by 3 letters of recommendation (refer to your application for details on who can write these letters).  This means you need to give the people you are asking to write your letters of recommendation enough time to write them for you. Thank you!

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ATLC Facebook PagePlease like our NEW ATLC Facebook page!! This will help you to stay on top of what’s going on in with ATLC. Tell your friends and family to like it too! Our prior Facebook account is now inactive. Help to spread the word and stay connected with us!

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ATLC PLANNING COMMITTEES:

There are four ATLC Planning Committees: Activities, Finance, Program, and Public Relations.  This month, Activities (1-2:30pm), Program (2:30-4pm) and Finance (4-5:30pm) Committees are meeting on January, 15th at One Vaughn Place in Caribou. Don’t forget to check the ATLC website (www.atlc-camp.org) for cancellations in case of yucky weather. It will be posted no later than 9am that morning.
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Camper Survey and Reunion Survey :

Before ATLC 2016 campers attended summer camp this year, they agreed to fill out Camper surveys  4 times a year so we can confidentially see how all of the campers do throughout the year as far as staying away from drugs and alcohol and what their attitudes are about using, if their peers use, etc. All teens filling out surveys are anonymous as we track the group as a whole.
At reunion held on November 19th, all campers who attended completed the 3rd of 4 camper surveys. Those not present, were mailed a camper survey as well as a “Reunion Attendance Survey” (to help us understand why those missing could not attend). It is really important that we get both the Camper Survey and  the Reunion Attendance Survey back from those who missed the Reunion, ASAP! We use this data to measure how effective  our program is and if there is anything we need to put more focus into. We can’t effectively do this without the ATLC 2016 camper’s assistance. Please, be sure to mail your surveys! Thank you so much!
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 Upcoming OUTINGS:

The Activities Committee is planning a “Winter Fun Outing” in early March, “Maple Syrup” outing in early April, and a “Tie-Dye and Fun Day Outing” in May! These outings are for any former ATLC camper that would like to attend.The Details are still being worked out. Be looking for more information in the months to come!


BE THE DIFFERENCE


Contact information:

 
Amber Stedt, ATLC Program Coordinator

Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp

Phone: 207-498-6431 ext. 156

Fax: 207-492-3181

Email: astedt@amhc.org

Mailing Address:   ATLC
PO Box 1018

Caribou, ME 04736