LifeJackets is a community based youth development program built upon the foundation of youth serving youth and community collaboration. LifeJackets offers youth opportunities to build trust, mutual respect, dignity, life skills, and self-esteem. LifeJackets offers a safe, nurturing, peer-helping culture, which empowers youth to take personal responsibility for their choices and actions. Through peer helping, community service, wilderness adventure, and mentoring, youth in LifeJackets are equipped to make choices that help them better navigate the waters of life.
What is a LifeJackets Module?
Each LifeJackets Module is a nine-month program that involves up to ten participants ages 12-15, two to four high school peer leaders, and two adult coordinators. Each nine-month module includes the following components:
Peer Leadership Component
Peer leaders are high school students who help lead and facilitate each LifeJackets Program Module. Each peer leader is trained and encouraged to be a positive influence on the development of the group. This is a growing and rewarding experience for these young leaders and is a critical element in the delivery and success of each LifeJackets Program Module.
Junior Maine Guide Component
Interested participants and peer leaders aged 15 and older are offered advanced skills training to prepare them to earn certification as a Junior Maine Guide. This training is conducted in collaboration with several other organizations such as Maine Audubon and the Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
LifeJackets fulfills a need not met by other groups in our communities. In order to ensure access for anyone wishing to participate, the program is free of charge to all. Donations and grants fund the program.
Funding for LifeJackets is provided by:
Contributions may be made to the LifeJackets program directly to the Charlotte White Center or by credit card by visiting our donation page.
At present LifeJackets is working in five local school districts to identify, recruit, and work with children 12-15 years old who have an interest in the LifeJackets experience.
The LifeJackets office is located at:
148 East Main Street Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426
The LifeJackets Youth Group Coordinators can be contacted by phone or e-mail at: