What is ATLC?

What is ATLC?

 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 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.



ATLC 2020 summer program is tentatively scheduled  at the University of Maine at Fort Kent from July 26-30, 2020.  Registrations for summer camp will be available in February 2020.


“HAPPY BIRTHDAY” to our following special friends with a birthday in September:

Sept. 2ndVal Theriault

Sept. 3rd – Tyler Jandreau

Sept. 6th – Neveah Moody

Sept. 9thCeleste Ryder

Sept. 14th – Stephanie LeClair

Sept. 19thAva Stacey

                 – Alex Thibodeau

Sept. 21st – Maddie Morneault

Sept. 26th – Hailie Skidgel

Sept. 27th – Livia Ponarski

ATLC Instagram and Facebook PagePlease 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…


Planning Committees:

There are four ATLC Planning Committees: Activities, Finance, Program, and Public Relations. Three of these committees first met in August. This month, Reunion, Program, and Finance will be meeting. Be sure to check the calendar  for times.


ATLC Operation Leadership Team:

We have 21 names of people who signed up/ are interested in leading this afterschool program in their area.

Programs will be presented in the spring. More information will come at the end of this year with a training tentatively planned for the beginning of 2020 for all those chosen out of the 21 to lead the program. Stay tuned for more information!

If you are interested in leading this program for peers in your area but did not sign up at camp, please contact us before August 23 so we can add you to the list of names to be discussed. 



We are so excited to welcome aboard our very own Abby Pooler as a Prevention Specialist for our program. Abby has been involved in the program since she was in middle school, represented a variety of levels of staff over the years and recently has served as a Co-Director for the past 3 years. She will be working in the Caribou office with Amber part time in efforts to grow the program with new ideas on how to reach more students in the County. She will also be solely in charge while Amber is out on maternity leave this coming fall. Congratulations on your new role, Abby!!! We are so proud of you!



We will be holding a Camp Reunion for all campers and staff who attended ATLC 2019. As of now, the Reunion will be at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. The date is Saturday, November 23th (with a snow date of November 30th). Be sure to mark and save the date! We will also have another reunion in the spring of 2020!


After camp ended, we sent “Parent Evaluations” out to parents of campers. The feedback from these Evaluations is really important to us. We have only received 24 Evaluations back. Please – check with your parents to see if they completed and mailed theirs. If they didn’t and still have it, ask them to do so – Thanks! If they’ve misplaced it, we have sent out another survey to those we have not received yet.



Saturday, Nov. 23rd (snow date-Nov. 30th) at the University of Presque Isle – Save the Dates!! A Registration form will be in the next newsletter! The cost will be $20 per individual (staff included) to cover the ATLC 2019 Fall CAMP REUNION rental, yearbook and supper cost. Have you considered helping out around the house to earn some extra money to pay your registration fee? Join everyone that was at ATLC 2019! We are looking forward to having another day of camp and being all together again!



ATLC is funded by support from Grant sources, Local Business Partnerships, Service Organization Support, donations, and by Fundraising. Here are some of the latest fundraisers going on this month:

-Fall Cash Calendar-Winners will be chosen in October to win various cash prizes.

Ticket stubs and money are Due back by September 8 from those that have sold tickets. If you won’t be at the Committee meetings that day, please mail them to us.

If you are interested in purchasing your tickets for $10 each, please reach out to us!

-Fall Trash and Treasure Show

ATLC will have a booth to sell items the weekend of September 14 and 15 at the Forum in Presque Isle. If you are interested in accompanying us at the booth for a couple hours, please let us know before Sept. 4th.

Anyone with any fundraising ideas, please pass them along so they can be discussed during Finance Committee!! Thank you!


Presque Isle American Legion

We will also be appearing at the American Legion Post #88 Ray Goding meeting on Monday, Oct. 21 at 6:15pm. Here, we will have supper with the members and then speak briefly about our program. Since they also support our program, they want to hear about your (teen) experience. Please think about sharing your evening with them. Amber or Abby will be there as well. If you are in the Presque Isle area and can make this event, please get into contact with us before Oct. 15! We will give those interested further information then!


Contact information:

Amber Stedt, ATLC Program Coordinator or

Abby Pooler, Prevention Specialist

Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp

Phone: 207-498-6431 ext. 156 or 157

Fax: 207-492-3181

Email: astedt@amhc.org or apooler@amhc.org

Mailing Address:  

PO Box 1018
Caribou, ME 04736


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