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Published January 19, 2006

Volunteer Administrators of Midcoast Maine (VAMM) Fourth Annual Conference

March 2

Maritime Museum, Bath

Registration fee is $40.00

Keynote speaker: LaVerne Campbell, National Director of Volunteer Services, Volunteers of America, Washington, D.C.

The agenda includes a panel discussion on How Partnerships are Working in our Communities, Recruiting through the Internet, and a comprehensive Round Table Discussion.

To get more information contact: Millie Stewart, VAMM Treasurer, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Drive, Brunswick, Maine 04011.

(207) 729-0181

Points of Light

Youth Leadership Institute

Training Seminar

Are you interested in teaching valuable leadership skills to young people?

The Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute is a state-of-the-art training program designed to teach leadership and community service skills to high school-age youth. Once you attend this training seminar, you will be certified to implement our unique service and leadership curriculum with young people in your community.

PYLI equips young people to make meaningful contributions to their communities and begin a life- long journey of leadership and service. The program teaches them:

-A broad array of leadership skills

-The ability and desire to contribute to their communities through meaningful service

-An understanding of how to apply leadership skills to design and implement community service projects.

February 15-17, 2006

8:00AM-5:00PM each day

Orlando, FL

Registration: $550

includes all program materials and breakfast and lunch each day.

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New Executive Director at American Association of State Service Commissions (ASC)

Tom Branen is the new executive director of ASC. Tom started his career as a VISTA Volunteer in 1992 and a year later became part of a team that established the Oklahoma Commission. He joined the Corporation for National & Community Service in 1994 and during his ten-year tenure served in a number of roles, including AmeriCorps*State Program Officer and AmeriCorps Recruitment Officer. Most recently, he worked in the Corporation's Government Relations Office and with Senior Corps.

With the guidance of the ASC board,

Tom is housed at the ASC Office, located at 1400 I Street, NW Suite 560 Washington, D.C. 20005. The ASC office phone number is 202-729-8179 and Tom s e-mail address is


If there?s a 5th to 8th grade girl in your life who would love to meet up with hundreds of other girls and ?Fab Females? who use technology in their health professions every day, save the date for the Eighth Annual Girls Unlimited! TechKNOW Conference on Saturday, April 8, 2006 at the Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine.

Last year?s Girls Unlimited! TechKNOW Conference was a huge success and focused on math, science and technology career opportunities for girls. Says Karen Heck, co-founder of Hardy Girls, ?It?s a time for girls to explore opportunities in a fun and safe way. This [past] year was math, science and technology. The year before it was money and the year before that, it was beauty and body image.? Each year, workshops and activities are offered to hold girls? interest, challenge them and to help them to think critically about the world around them.

For more information, visit or

Miss Maine to Speak at Mentoring Summit

WELLS, MAINE ? Miss Maine 2005 Megan Beals will be the keynote speaker at the York County Mentoring Partnership?s Mentoring Summit on Tuesday, January 31st from 8:00 to 9:30 am at Village By The Sea in Wells. The summit, held as part of National Mentoring Month, will share the values of mentoring and involve business and community partners in a dialogue about mentoring.

Beal has been a strong advocate for mentoring in Maine. ?Mentoring deserves the spotlight,? comments Beal, a seasoned mentor herself. ?Children are our most precious resource and need to know that they are cared for and capable of accomplishing anyway.? Oprah Winfrey, baseball great Cal Ripken, Jr., author Deepak Chopra, and Senator John McCain are among many celebrities who benefited from having a mentor.

The York County Mentoring Partnership, affiliated with the Maine Mentoring Partnership, was formed by more than 20 mentoring programs and the United Way of York County to address mentoring issues on a local level. National studies have shown that youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely to start using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to start drinking, and 33% less likely to hit someone. The existing mentoring programs in York County are unable to meet the growing requests for mentors. ?Many of the programs have waiting lists,? explains Barb Wentworth, Director of Community Building at United Way of York County. The reasons for this are a ?lack of qualified mentors, especially men, and the cost of staffing needed to recruit, screen, train, match and support the mentors.?

All are welcome to attend the summit. Admission is $10 and includes breakfast. For more information or to RSVP, please visit United Way of York County?s website or call (207) 985-3359 ext 203.