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Sept-2014-006Cassie Lincoln (left) and Floyd Hotham (right), posing with quilter Sue Woehler (center)

This heartwarming quilt could be warming your bed. The theme is old fashioned board games and it will be raffled off on December 19, 2014 to benefit The Game Loft, Belfast’s downtown youth center. The quilt will be on display at All About Games. Tickets cost $5.00 each or are 5 for $20.00. The quilt was made by Susan Woehler of Belfast, a proud grandmother of a Game Loft member. Displaying the quilt are Game Loft members Cassy Lincoln of Lincolnvile and Waymon “Floyd” Hotham of Swanville, and quilt maker Susan Woehler (center). The Game Loft serves 240+ youth per year with non-electronic games, enrichment activities, and meals and snacks. All services of The Game Loft are free to all participants. Tickets are on sale at All About Games, 78 Main Street, Belfast or from Game Loft board members, staff and volunteers. For more information please call 338-6447.

The Loft is funded in part with support from the City of Belfast and other Waldo County municipalities, United Midcoast Charities, United Way of Eastern Maine and many individual donors and other foundations.


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What Is The Game Loft

Number One Exemplary Community-Based After-School
Program in the State of Maine - 2007

The Game Loft is an after-school and vacation program serving school age youth only.

The Game Loft is open from 2 PM until 6 PM Monday through Thursday and until 8:30 PM on Friday for youth over the age of 12. Monday is Young Gamers Day with programming appropriate for kids 12 and under. The Loft has extended hours for early release days and during school vacations and holidays.

The Game Loft serves 15 - 35 young people daily. Space for quiet times are available to all participants as needed.

The program provides recreation services to school-age children. The mission is to provide Positive Youth Development through games. The staff is familiar with the precepts of Positive Youth Development and strives to make sure that these goals are in place at all times. The rules of the program are reviewed with all participants and are posted prominently.

Parents are involved as volunteers and members of the Board of Directors and its various committees.

One hot meal is provided Monday through Friday at 2:30 PM. A snack is provided at 4:00 PM. A second meal is provided Friday evenings at 6:00 PM.

There are no specific times for outdoor recreation due to the age of the participants and the limited time of their daily visits. Indoor activities are appropriate to the developmental needs of the participants. Each participant has a choice of activities.

General support for The Loft comes primarily from individual donations from parents, family members, community members and our many friends. The Loft also receives support from The City of Belfast, United Way of Eastern Maine, United Midcoast Charities and, in collaboration with Broadreach Family and Community Services, receives some program funding from the Funds for a Healthy Maine administered by the Department of Health and Human Services.

If you would like to make a donation, use the donation button on the right side.


What Is The Game Loft's Mission?

I could never repay what I have gained through this program.
~Ross, Game Loft Alumnus

To promote Positive Youth Development through games.

Proposed Vision Statement

To provide an environment where young people are guided to become caring, competent, confident, contributing, and connected adults and are provided with opportunties to serve and experiences that through games leads to increased knowledge and understanding of our world. 

Proposed Values Statement

At The Game Loft we believe that the factors that create good gaming also create good community members and that our standards apply to children, youth, adults, staff, and members of the community.

  • We play well
    • We believe that hard work and commitment bring more success than talent alone
    • We believe that doing one’s best is always important
  • We play fair
    • We believe that honesty and integrity are essential in everything we do
  • We play to have fun
    • We believe in the values of teamwork, inclusiveness, and mutual respect for all people
    • We believe that promoting positive development for young people and adults is our ultimate goal

A Community of Interest Based on Games

If you talk to Loft kids about The Game Loft they will tell you that Friends, Food and Being Safe is what is important about the program. Of course, they might mention games too but the games are merely what initially brings them through the door. If you talk to Loft kids who have regularly attended the program they might also mention opportunities to learn, to belong and to serve. Of course, they might mention games too.

At the Loft we know that good things happen to kids through games and The Loft kids can identify these good outcomes with ease. Our games program is designed to encourage these good outcomes. There are three types of games at The Loft:

Special Program games are those run under the Trailblazers, Navigators or Pathfinders programs. These games are designed with a variety of outcomes based on the program.

Staff games are those run by Loft staff as part of the after school program. These games are designed to promote inclusion, involvement and belonging. Our goal is that every Loft  kid participate in two activities a week.

Member games are those run by Loft teen volunteers either for their peers or younger age groups. These games also promote socialization and involvement as well as building competency for the volunteer.

Games are organized to run in seasons of six weeks each followed by a two week break period. These break periods are used for special events, one time games and enrollment for the next seasons.


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