Meet Charlie Harrington, 2018 Giraffe Award Winner
Posted on November 2, 2018 by Maine Children’s Alliance
Charlie Harrington is the Director of Maine Seacoast Mission’s EdGE program. EdGE is the Mission’s after-school and summer program for children in grades four through high school in six communities in Washington County. For over 20 years, Charlie has worked in education and youth development creating adventure-based programs. He was a national trainer for Project Adventure for 20 years and is currently on the board of High Five Adventure Learning Center.
Charlie was hired in 2002 and was instrumental in creating and developing the EdGE (Ed Greaves Education) program which now supports more than 700 Washington and Hancock County children each year. Through EdGE, students challenge themselves, engage with their communities and the outdoors, and explore college and career options.
The after-school program also offers academic support, and in-school programs include peer mentoring for students beginning high school. EdGE is designed to help students make informed choices about their futures and develop the resources and skills to be successful—and happy—in life. Charlie has been critical to the success of this program, and throughout his career, in developing and implementing programs like this one to inspire youth to reach their fullest potential.