A Leader in Youth Development


Trekkers Training Institute (TTI) and our award-winning, outdoor-based mentoring program, both grounded in our 10 Youth Programming Principles, have positively impacted hundreds of students in Maine.

Now In Session

Circles of Change, Spring Session

Virtual, March 19 – May 12 2021


Interested in a consultation, workshop, custom-built training?

Email us at traininginstitute@trekkers.org

The Trekkers Training Institute is dedicated to improving outcomes for young people by providing training, coaching and professional development opportunities that are based on some of the most effective, tested techniques and principles.


With a commitment to meeting young people and the adults that care for them where they are, our work is driven by the idea that relationships are critical in keeping youth on an aspirational trajectory and therefore vital for the future of thriving communities.

Trekkers’ Principles Training Opportunities

From training to coaching to our cornerstone Circles of Change model, we offer a variety of programs for other practitioners in the fields of youth development, mentoring, and education.

“Phenomenal. It’s a phenomenal experience. It’s unlike anything I have done before, absolutely.”

– Stephen Colby, The Game Loft

“Participating in the Institute  has deeply affected my ability to do the work I need to do with a renewed sense of meaning and purpose. As my organization looks to build out a long term program model for working with youth, I feel that I have the tools, the resources and the support to support this process with a greater sense of clarity and confidence.”

– Megan Taft, Kieve-Wavus Leads Director

“I thought the overall experience of the Trekkers Training Institute was extremely positive. I felt lucky to have the time to build relationships with folks in the room, as well as time to develop the Chewonki Waypoint program. Meredith Lynt did a fantastic job with both guiding us through the Trekkers curriculum and also incorporating the diverse thoughts and experiences of the group.”

– Austin Muir, Waypoint Coordinator at Chewonki

The Trekkers Training Institute’s summer training immersion was one of the most powerful experiences of my life. It forced me to push my own limits, and because of this, I learned more about myself as a person, as well as a youth mentor.

– Jessica Dumont, River Runners at Old Town-Orono YMCA/RSU #34