congrats to our seniors!

While this year might look a bit different, we are still eager to pause and celebrate the valo seniors (an amazing pack of 20!). Scroll down to learn more about each of them, and the ways in which they are carrying valo into their communities.

Adam

The part of valo I will carry with me...

"The self confidence I will need to reestablish myself socially when I go to college."

Next step...University of Maine Farmington

 

Adams

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"The ability to put away all distractions and turn my full attention to connecting with the people around me."

Next step...Ithaca College

Brenna

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"To appreciate silence and use it as a time for reflection, a time to process, and a time to grow."

Next step...Clark University

Brenton

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"I will be more aware that anyone I am talking with can be going through anything, and will do my best to treat everyone with kindness and respect."

Next step...Southern Maine Community College

Emi

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"The importance of making close meaningful face to face connections with people. And an understanding that there is strength in vulnerability."

Next step...Bowdoin College

Eric

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"Open-mindedness, kindness, and thoughtful listening."

Next step...Whitman College

Grace

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"Skills that have made me comfortable sitting with myself and my own thoughts."

Next step...UC Santa Barbara

Henry

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"The desire to have deeper conversations. This will allow me to form deeper bonds wherever I go."

Next step...University of Maine Orono

Kip

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"To break the surface within me and talk about the things that are often left unsaid."

Next step...Universal Technical Institute of Orlando

Luca

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"The desire to push my boundaries to gain experience and better myself."

Next step...Bates College

Marshall

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"Compassion. And my true self, which came out at our retreats."

Next step...The University of Denver

Máximo

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"The ability to listen to everything that someone has to say, and hear their story, before creating a picture of them."

Next step...Fort Kent to train for biathlon, then to Buenos Aires to study

Miles

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"To be genuinely curious about everything that comes my way, whether it is the people I meet or the classes I take in school."

Next step...Brandeis University

Molly

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"The lessons that have had the greatest effect on me are being vulnerable and open and honest."

Next step...Elon University

Myla

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"That it is good to be vulnerable."

Next step...Wellesley College

Nicholas

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"To value close connections formed from shared experiences, trust, and compassion. Demonstrating your care for a person and having them do the same is a necessary kindness that everyone deserves."

Next step...Bowdoin College

Noah

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"The ability to listen. I think listening can be as important as sharing when it comes to getting to know people well and connecting with them."

Next step...St. Lawrence University

Riley

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"To act creatively and connect with people outside of my circle."

Next step...University of Rhode Island

Robbie

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"To listen to people fully by letting go of judgment. I will continue to challenge myself, and make meaningful connections."

Next step...Clark University

Sadie

The part of valo I will carry with me...

 

"I have come to realize that you can truly be friends with anyone. You can create a connection with anyone no matter how different and foreign you seem to one another."

Next step...Georgetown University

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 We’re jazzed to share that News Center Maine recently covered valo and our teens for a segment on connection and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Curious?

welcome, chis, henry, and laura!

In September, we welcomed a trio of amazing new guides to our circle. Meet Chris, Henry, and Laura. We can't wait to watch how each of them impacts our teens in unique and powerful ways.

welcome, natasha!

In June, we welcomed a new guide to our circle. Natasha Huber brings magnetic energy, an open heart, and a terrific sense of humor. We can only imagine the positive impact she will have on our teens.

“I’m excited by the opportunity to join others as they head out to impact their communities and beyond.”

congrats to our seniors!

As we watch them set sail, we realize how much we'll miss them. And we can't wait to see their waves of goodness surge into the world.

chris kelleher

"I am thoroughly excited and full of gratitude for the opportunity to join the valo community. I believe in the transformative power that these retreats offer and in the strength of youth to bring positive change into the future." 

henry oliva

"When I think of the people and moments in my life that have given me the confidence and space to express freely and grow, my mind turns to my years in valo. I'm driven to enable these opportunities for other teens."

laura merrill

“As an educator of elementary-aged children, I recognize and embrace the importance of making connections. I am eager for the opportunity to be a part of supporting our teens through self-reflection and growth as they move forward into their communities with new awareness!”

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