Josie Skelley, Volunteer Coordinator at the Alfond Youth and Community Center

Josie Skelley is the Volunteer Coordinator at the Alfond Youth and Community Center in Waterville, and she works directly with the Office of  Civic Engagement to coordinate and oversee community engagement opportunities for Colby students within the Alfond Youth Center. During the pandemic Colby students supported remote and virtual service opportunities, including a virtual tutoring program as part of the After School Program Alternative Care.  In Fall 21, the AYCC is planning multiple projects with Colby students, including an outdoor activities club for the After School Program, a benefit street hockey tournament, and the continued tutoring program.   The AYCC has also partnered with Marietta Lamarre and her staff in Colby Dining/Bon Appetit to provide thousands of free meals, and launch our Wellness Window. 


What is essential for a successful community partnership?

I believe that a shared sense of purpose, or a common goal, is crucial for any successful partnership. Both Colby and the AYCC share a deep commitment to our community and its youth. In the past year, Colby has helped the AYCC serve thousands of free meals, provide solutions to combat learning loss, conceptualize and create our Wellness Window, which offers healthy meal options; the list literally goes on and on. We have such a strong relationship because our sense of purpose is never in question. Colby College and the AYCC are both dedicated to serving our community, whatever it needs, no questions asked. Whenever there are challenges, the Colby staff (looking at you Elizabeth Jabar, Paige Begley, and Marietta Lamarre) have always been there to help find solutions. 


How do you feel Colby students contribute to the mission and goals of your organization?

Our mission is “to inspire and enable all young people and their families to realize their full potential as healthy, productive, responsible, and caring citizens.” There is no better example of that than Colby students. They are, as a rule, some of the best examples of fully realized potential – and they’re just getting started. The Colby students are constantly encouraging our ASP students, showing them how to break down difficult problems and tasks, teaching them best practices when attacking their academics, and instilling belief in their abilities.  It is a distinct pleasure to work with the Colby community, and many of our initiatives would not be possible without them. Our community is lucky to have the college’s support. 

“I believe that a shared sense of purpose, or a common goal, is crucial for any successful partnership. Both Colby and the AYCC share a deep commitment to our community and its youth. We have such a strong relationship because our sense of purpose is never in question. Colby College and the AYCC are both dedicated to serving our community, whatever it needs, no questions asked.” – Josie Skelley

Contact Civic Engagement

Bill and Joan Alfond Commons
150 Main Street in downtown Waterville

[email protected]