Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine, which serves youth facing adversity in Penobscot, Knox, Lincoln, Kennebec, Somerset and Waldo counties, has hired Kathy Kemp of Newport as program director. In this position, she will be responsible for leading the program staff in creating and supporting strong and enduring matches for youth across six counties. She will also coordinate School-Based Mentoring in Penobscot County and provide match support as Bigs and Littles develop their relationships. She will work out of BBBSMM’s Bangor office.

Prior to coming to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kemp worked with youth facing adversity as the program manager at YouthBuild in Lowell, Mass., and the program director for STRIVE Transition Program at the Old Colony YMCA in Brockton, Mass. Her experience also includes serving as the program manager for JMG at the Mountain View Youth Development Center and managing the Boston University Corporate Education Center.

She received a bachelor's degree in business management from Merrimack College. She has served her community as a selectperson in Palmyra and on the Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce.

“I look forward to using my skills and experiences to help youth make good decisions and succeed in life. My previous positions have shown me all too well what happens when children miss vital mentoring,” Kemp said.