Circles of Care and I Know ME: If you know who you are and where you are from you can find where you belong.
Guided discussion with devoted mentors can help kids gain self-knowledge. Experiential learning, serving and observing Maine gives our kids a sense of worth and hope for the future.
These are special programs of the Game Loft. (www.thegameloft.org) to raise the aspirations of middle school youth and help them over the thresholds of adolescence.
Circles of Care is a community based mentoring program created to help young people make constructive decisions for their lives. Each Circle of Care is run like a corporation with a young person as its president. The purpose of the “corporation” is to give young people a sounding board for their decisions in school, in their families, and in their communities. The Circles of Care are made up of community members, an older teen, and a parent.
I Know ME is a spin off of the Circle of Care program. It is the goal of the I Know ME (IKME) program to raise aspirations, improve performance, and enable young people to find resources that will help them become contributing, connected, caring, confident, competent adults. The program model is discovery of self and place with a goal of raising the aspirations of our Maine youth - Me. We will create a cadre of “experts” in the state of Maine - ME. Young people will study the ecology, economy, history, resources, problems, and future of Maine through travel, community service and civic involvement, research, interviews, and role play games. Over the course of six years they will visit every state park in the state of Maine (ME) a spart of the passport program of the Department of Conservation. They will also gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their families and friends, and their communities through the Circle of Care program embedded in the IKME curriculum. At the end of six years they will be young adults who are articulate and informed about their state, connected to people in a variety of walks of life across Maine, informed about the choices that they face, and confident in their own abilities and the resources available to them.
These programs meet year round at the Game Loft and our partner school, Mount View Middle School, Thirndike. ME (www.rsu3.org).