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.
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.
ATLC 2019 summer program will take place at the University of Maine at Fort Kent from July 21-25, 2019. Registration for ATLC 2019 will be available in February of 2019.
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY” to our following special friends with a birthday in December:
Dec. 3 ~Abby Pooler
Dec. 4 ~Quinn White
Dec. 10 ~ Rachel Hatfield
Dec. 18 ~ Jayden Fournier
Dec. 23~ Madison Bridges
Dec.24 ~ Sam Parenteau
Dec. 26~ Wyatt Henderson
Dec. 30~ Amber Gagnon
ATLC Instagram and Facebook Page–Please like our ATLC Facebook page and follow us on Instagram ( _atlc_)!! 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!
Information for Teens (and parents) currently in our program…
Finance and Public Relations Committees will be having their meetings this month in Caribou. If you are on these committees, please refer to the events tab for dates and times.If you are unable to attend, please notify your Co-Chairs!! Please note that Program Committee is not meeting this month due to being so far ahead on their timeline (Will meet next on January, 13th.
ATLC Operation Leadership Afterschool Program:
The Northern team had a successful program in Madawaska on November 7th. Congratulations to Maddie, Meg, Andre, Payten, Shania, and Genevieve for working together and facilitating the afternoon. Your hard work paid off! Great Job!!
The Central Team had to cancel their program scheduled in Presque Isle on Tuesday, November 20 due to low registration.
Southern Team had to reschedule their program due to weather and will be holding it on Nov. 29th at the Mill Pond School in Hodgdon. March is when these programs will start up again in all regions.
Team Members…please meet up/ communicate with your partners to go over your workshop and make sure you are prepared to present on the day of your program in March!! If you’d like to come in to the office sometime in February to work with your team, please contact us by the end of December so we can schedule it in advance. It’s really important to be prepared for your March programs!
Three more afterschool programs will be presented March 2019 in Caribou, Fort Kent, and Houlton for those in 5-8th grade. Stay tuned for more details on those as time draws near!
School Presentation Teams–
A couple students who have attended a previous summer camp from each school will be asked to represent ATLC in their school within the next few months. These students will be trained (on January 13th (Snow date: of Jan.27) on how to present what ATLC is and represents to their peers/ teens in 6th -8th grade. They will work with the ATLC School Contact in their school with scheduling when this presentation (s) will take place. This will be an effort for these teams to demonstrate their leadership skills learned through our program but also to recruit new campers to come to ATLC 2019.
Student Staff Applications:
Interested in being a student staff at ATLC 2019? 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 December 27th. Once you’ve received an application, it must be filled out completely and sent into Amber NO LATER than January 28th. Completed applications must be emailed or postmarked by the 28th 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!
ATLC 2019-FAMILY GROUP CO-FACILITATORS & FACILITATORS:
Interested in being a Family Group Facilitator or Co-Facilitator at this summer’s camp at UMFK from July 21-25, 2019? You must have one year’s experience on Student Staff to be considered for a Co-Facilitator. Facilitators should have been a Co-Facilitator one year. If you wish to be considered for either position, please email Amber no later than Thursday, Dec.13th. This is a FIRM deadline.
BIG BROTHER/BIG SISTER APPLICATION:
Interviews will be held on January 20th (Snow date: January 27th). We will be in touch with those in the running for Big Brother/ Big Sister once the applications have been received by the December 6th deadline.