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 will be  given to every student currently in 6th- 8th grade in the following public schools after February 17th: Ashland, Caribou, Caswell, Central Aroostook, Dr. Levesque, Easton Jr./ Sr. High School, Easton Elementary,  Fort Fairfield, Fort Kent Elementary, Houlton, Limestone, Madawaska Elementary, Madawaska Middle/High, Mill Pond, Hodgdon, New Sweden, Presque Isle, Southern Aroostook, Valley Rivers, Van Buren, Washburn, and Woodland.

If you are in 6th-8th grade and not from these schools, you can also attend camp! Either contact Amber with the contact information below, or print the following links below:
Registration Letter 
ATLC General-Dorm Guidelines
ATLC-2017 Menu
Registration Form

 Registrations are due  April 7th.  We hope we see you at camp in July! 🙂
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Stew Night!!-

ATLC held a very successful event on Feb. 17th at the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club. Thank you to the following individuals for donating your time. We appreciate you all!!

  • Dusty Graham                        –Danielle Pelkey

  • Alex White                                – Quinn White

  • Megan Gardener                     – Sarah Gardener

  • Karoline Dillenbeck               -Val Theriault

  • Stephanie Martin                    – Abigail Michaud

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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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Spring Raffle and Trade Shows

We still need teens to sign up to help at the upcoming trade shows to sell tickets for a Bose CineMate 15 Home Theater Speaker System and a GoPro Hero 5 camera. Below are the Trade Show dates and schedule times teens can sign up for. Don’t forget, these volunteer hours can be used for NHS as well as some schools require Volunteer hours in order to graduate. You can sign up for as many shifts as you are willing to commit to!

  • March 25 (8:45am-1pm, 1pm-5pm) and March 26 (8:45am-12:30pm, 12:30pm-4pm) Sportsman’s Show @ UMPI

  • April 8 (8:45am-1pm, 1pm-5pm) and April 9 (9:45am-1pm, 1pm-4pm) Trash and Treasure Show @ The Forum in Presque Isle

  • April 22 (8:45am-11:30am, 11:30am-2pm, 2pm-4:30pm, 4:30pm-7:30) and April 23 (9:45am-12pm, 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm) Top O’ Maine Trade Show in Madawaska

ATLC could REALLY benefit from your time! CONTACT AMBER!

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

March 19thLily Brickman

March 21st – Brittany Ouellette

March 23rd _ Sarah Williams

March 27th – Madysen Picard

                        – Nevaeh Sock

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

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Student Staff Applications:

Applications are in and being reviewed by the Student Staff Selection Committee. 16 applicants have been invited to participate in the interview process that will take place on March 11 and March 18. The Student Staff process will be completed by March 23.

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Planning Committees:

There are four ATLC Planning Committees: Activities, Finance, Program, and Public Relations. With the exception of Finance, all Committees are complete for this year. Thank you to all of you that were on the Activities, Program, and Public Relations Committees! You were able to complete all of your tasks way ahead of schedule and you did your job extremely well! Thanks again!

If you are looking to sign up for a Committee for next year, you can! At ATLC, we want our teens to stay as involved as you can for as long as you can. Even if you aren’t attending this year’s summer camp as a staff member, you can still be involved in ATLC during the next school year! Contact Amber with the information below!

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 Upcoming OUTINGS:

March’s Outing will be a Winter Fun Day which includes volunteering at the Homeless Services of Aroostook in Presque Isle on March 4th at 1pm and Sledding at UMPI afterwards. Winter Fun Day 2017 Registration Letter

 April’s Outing is a Maple Sugar Outing at Spring Break in Smyrna. Pay attention all you Southern Aroostook Folk, we have heard your requests to have an event your way and we are delivering! This day will consist of a tour of the Facility, helping clear brush and of course, indulging in Maple Sugar goodness! More details and Permission Form are included in this mailing!

Registrations were mailed out but can also be found here:  Registration Letter for the Maple Sugar Outing

Please make sure they are returned before March 22nd. Thank You!


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