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Dear members of the Schoodic community,

We are deeply saddened by the death of Nicole Mokeme, the founder of Rise and Shine Youth Retreat. She was an inspiring leader and visionary here in Maine, creating opportunities for Black and Indigenous youth and families to connect with nature and build community. She, along with several partnering organizations, brought the Black Excellence Retreat to Acadia National Park and the Schoodic Institute campus. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and community. You can learn more about her organization, Rise and Shine Youth Retreat here, Please find the Maine State Police press release on her death here.


Nick Fisichelli

President and CEO, Schoodic Institute