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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, May 15, 2014
Brooklin Youth Corps to offer program for younger “apprentices”

Thanks to a grant from the Maine Farmland Trust in Blue Hill, the Brooklin Youth Corps once again will offer a special apprentice program aimed at those younger than 14. The program will run two afternoons a week from June 24 until August 14.

The Brooklin Youth Corps is a town-sponsored summertime work and self-esteem program that in recent years has served teens aged 14 to 17. Since 1997, the BYC has given its members basic employment skills and a new sense of responsibility, as well as a chance to earn money, according to a press release.

Led by longtime BYCer Brionna Blodgett, a member of the George Stevens Academy class of 2014, six Brooklin 12- and 13-year-olds will tend the school garden on Tuesday afternoons, and on Thursday afternoons will harvest produce and run the BYC stand at the Brooklin Farmers Market. Overall supervision will be provided by new Coordinator Beth Beaulieu and the BYC steering committee.

In compliance with federal law, apprentice BYCers will be volunteers who cannot be paid wages. They will receive gift certificates as a token of appreciation.

To enroll a Brooklin 12- or 13-year-old in the apprentice program, return the reply form sent home to parents of school children or call Ellen Booraem at 359-2123. The deadline for enrollment is Friday, May 23. The program can accommodate only six apprentices, so places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.