Our second meeting of young adults was filled with laughs, brainstorming, inspiration, connections … and left us with a lot to think about as we move our Committee forward.
With Pappy’s Pizza’s, the comfort of SNHU’s Sandbox Collaborative’s open space, and a great mix of Manchester’s young adults … creativity flowed. Though this meeting had an agenda, the concensus of the room was that we needed to back up. We wanted to attract more young people to coming and sharing thoughts in a unique way — “Young Adult Advisory Committee” just didn’t feel representative to this dynamic, casual, open-sharing forum.
The group brainstormed a lot of different names and taglines (or, um, #hashtags) to better reflect our mission and grow our base of advocating for the ability of young adults to thrive in the Greater Manchester Region.
Teaser outcome from 2/20 meeting: New working title of group is:
The Young Adult Movement
“Empowering the young adult voice”
Like it?! Hate it?! Please weigh in and join us at our March meeting, 3/20, 6-7pm, location to be determined. THERE WILL BE FOOD!
Makin’ It Happen has teamed up with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce to host a series of lunch and learn sessions to educate community members and businesses on how to understand and treat substance use disorders. Our second session, on addiction, treatment, and recovery, was held today. Which featured a panel of local providers that answered questions about their organization’s programs, as well as any other questions the group had. Providers represented on the panel include Health Care for the Homeless (HCH), Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester’s Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT), Hope for NH Recovery, and Families in Transition (FIT) Willows. Our next lunch and learn will be on the topic of ways community members and the business community can be involved in positive change in their communities.
The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester is offering information support sessions to loved ones impacted by mental illness and co-occurring disorders.
Family 411 is a weekly (approximately 60-90 minutes) —4 session group session with in- formation for families who experience (SMI) Serious Mental Illness or (SPMI ) Serious Persistent Mental Illness.
Family 411 Sessions will be held from
6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m. every Tuesday evening in February at Bedford Counseling Associates
(2 Wall Street, 3rd floor, Manchester, NH)
There is no charge for the sessions. Click here for more information.
Goffstown High School, February 15-23rd.
Follow link for more info and tickets.
Congratulations to our GHS empowerYOUTH! members who have been working so hard on this production, we can’t wait to support it!
Goffstown Public Library: This year’s Courageous Community Conversations are focused on race and diversity in America. Our reading list and conversations are designed to help us understand many racial and cultural issues, as well as provide a starting point to open up the conversation about race in Goffstown, and hopefully, in other surrounding communities. In our present social environment, it is important to be racially and culturally diverse, and to be socially aware. By using these books to learn and grow, we hope to take part in the conversation about race in America.
Courageous Community Conversations is a collaborative project between:
For more information, please contact:
- Dianne Hathaway, Goffstown Public Library Director, 497-2102, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Deborah McCarter, Saint Anselm College
- Gwen Verkuilen-Chevalier, Saint Anselm College
- James McKim, Episcopal Church of NH
- David Basora, Goffstown Public Library
Courageous Community Events:
Here is a list of important events to attend if you are taking part in this year’s Courageous Community Conversations, or if you are interested in how race affects American culture and society. Book links can be found below.
- Currier Museum of Art – details coming soon
Telling the Truth
- Book Discussions – Waking Up White by Debby Irving
- Tuesday, 2/5 at Goffstown Public Library, 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, 2/7 at St. Matthew’s Parish House, 7 p.m. For more info, please email email@example.com.
- Wednesday, 3/20 at Goffstown Public Library, 1:30 p.m.
- Thursday, 2/21 at Saint Anselm College in the Dana Center – I’m a Good Person! Isn’t That Enough? Public Lecture by Author Debby Irving at 7 p.m., part of the Bean Distinguished Lecture Series. Snow date: 4/4. For more information and to register.
- Tuesday, 4/30 at Goffstown Public Library – Culturally Curious: Race and Art at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to register.
Proclaiming the Dream
Recommended readings: Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech and Understanding and Dismantling Racism : The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America by Joseph Barndt.
- Tuesday, 2/19 at Goffstown Public Library – Deborah Ann Goss presents Abby Hutchinson’s Sweet Freedom Songs at 6:30 p.m. Made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities. For more information and to register.
- Tuesday, 3/19 at Goffstown High School in the Media Center/Library – What is “the dream?” Community Conversation at 6:30 – 8 p.m. For more information and to register.
- Wednesday, 3/27 at St. Lawrence Church – Ask a Muslim Anything with Robert Azzi at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to register.
Practicing the Way
Recommended reading: My Grandmother’s Hands : Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem.
- Friday, 4/5 at Goffstown Parks & Recreation Department – COLORBLIND: Rethinking Race at 10 a.m. For more information and to register.
- Tuesday, 4/16 at Goffstown High School in the Media Center/Library – How Will We Grow? Community Conversation at 6:30 – 8 p.m. For more information and to register.
Repairing the Breach
Recommended reading: the NH Diversity Commission’s report and The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein.
- Sunday, 4/7 at Goffstown Public Library – Human Library 1 – 3 p.m.
- Wednesday, 5/22 at Saint Anselm College in the NH Institute of Politics – Repair, Restore, Heal in Our Community Community Conversation at 7 p.m. For more information and to register.
Marijuana legalization/commercialization will be the topic of conversation on NHPR’s The Exchange on the morning of Tuesday, February 12th from 9AM-10AM. Kate Frey, VP of Advocacy at New Futures, will be on the show! As most of you know, The Exchange is a call-in show that often features questions from the public. We need all of you, our partners in public health, to call into the show and participate!
Here are some helpful documents for you from our friends at New Futures:
From The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce:
Addiction Treatment & Recovery – Where? How? What Works?
Facilitated by MAKIN’ IT HAPPEN. A conversation focused on educating the community about potential warning signs, when to worry, and what to do if you have concerns. We want the public to be aware of the innovative and collaborative work being done to better understand and treat substance use disorders. We want to help you to understand the types of treatment and recovery support services available, how to access them. Lunch will be provided by 900 Degrees!
What’s Hear it Here? Looking to better understand community initiatives and challenges in Manchester? The GMCC is the place to hear it here first! Our “Hear it Here” program features conversations on community issues and challenges with experts, along with strategies for how the business community can become more involved in positive change. Join us to learn about current developments affecting our community – and “hear it here” at the GMCC! Event is February 19, 2019 12:30-1:30pm. Register here.
Our next Young Adult Advisory Committee Meeting is set for Wednesday, February 20th at 6-7pm at Sandbox Collaborative, 1230 Elm Street, Manchester, NH.
Young Adults 18-25 are welcome to attend this meeting to discuss needs and share healthy opportunities with peers. Join us to network and meet new people! Food will be provided. RSVP/Questions: Email Kristie: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link to podcast and article from Public News Service NH regarding NH’s skyrocketing suicide rates among teens and young adults, and new prevention efforts: Public News Service.
On January 14, 2019 our community providers and residents gathered for a public forum announcing the new hub and spoke system in NH as a response to the state-wide Opioid Crisis. The Doorway (hub) will serve as an entry point to care for community members seeking treatment. The hub will refer to and work with local providers (spokes) to provide patients with the best care for their specific need.
In the Greater Manchester Region, The Doorway (hub) will be operated by Granite Pathways located at 303 Belmont Street, Manchester, NH. Granite Pathways is open 8am-11pm weekdays and 11am-11pm during the weekends. Anyone seeking help may go to the physical location during these hours of operation or call 211 at any time of day or night. 211 will connect people to the help they need locally and after hours they will connect people with clinical staff at Dartmouth-Hitchcock to begin a screening process and warm handoff to the hub. In Manchester, the Safe Station program is also still open and available to anyone at any time. To learn more about hub and spoke in NH visit:http://www.thedoorway.nh.gov/