Aroostook County Action Program Leads Groundbreaking Youth Services in the New Year

PRESQUE ISLE – The Aroostook County Action Program is proud to announce the start of the Breakthrough Youth Program in five Maine counties, including Aroostook. BY is a program designed to help people between the ages of 14 and 24 acquire the tools necessary to succeed as adults. Led by ACAP, in cooperation with Penquis CAP and Downeast Community Partners, the program is available in Aroostook, Hancock, Washington, Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.

Youth involved in this program will develop a strong sense of community with their fellow participants as they learn essential skills. The program offers strategies to improve their personal health, safety, resilience, workforce readiness, career success, financial literacy, and economic stability. Through four components delivered over 12 two-hour sessions, youth will work with evidence-based activities to: Build soft skills needed for employment and workplace leadership Build financial literacy skills explore career options, access prevention services, and learn about preventing unplanned pregnancy and STIs.

“My goal for Breakthrough Youth is to empower young people in Aroostook County to learn skills that will give them a head start on becoming successful adults, while developing a strong sense of community and having fun,” said Brynn Wilcox, ACAP Community Educator. for ACAP.

The four components of BY are: Money Start – teaches the basics of personal finance such as opening checking accounts and budgeting for an apartment; Soft Skills to Pay the Bills – which uses hands-on activities to teach interpersonal skills that improve job performance; Prime for Life – helps young people understand how to prevent drug and alcohol problems; Making Proud Choices – provides information on affirmative consent as well as the use of contraceptives to prevent unplanned pregnancy and STIs.

Participants can expect to connect with their peers in a relaxed environment. Those who register will also be able to identify a resource to help them achieve their career goals up to $100. In Aroostook County, MSAD 1 Adult and Community Education has a new session at Près Isle that runs from 5-7 p.m. and begins Jan. 26. To register, visit or call ACAP at 207-764-3721. There is also a session at PI Housing Authority in the Community Hall that begins February 1 from 3-5 p.m. Please email [email protected] or call 207-764-3721 to register.

For 50 years, the Aroostook County Action Program has provided the people of Aroostook County with services and resources that help individuals and families achieve greater economic independence. Either as a leader or in partnership with others, ACAP provides guidance to the community to meet emerging human needs in the areas of community health, early care and education, energy and housing and workforce development services. Aroostook County Action Program continues to accept new clients and serve existing clients through a wide range of programs. To learn more about the services available, contact the ACAP team at 207-764-3721.

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