In late July, we were able to take 5 teens — 3 from Central High School, and 2 from Goffstown High — to a 4-day leadership camp experience for the first time. We provided matching funds for scholarships for empowerYOUTH! members to attend, and sent one of our staff members down to RI with the teens where the event was taking place, at Bryant University. Special thanks to Crispin’s House, GHS, & CHS for helping to spread the word about this opportunity and provide some funding to ensure the 5 teens were able to attend.
We heard great things about the Youth to Youth experience, but weren’t sure what to expect. What would the set up be like? How did they choose who you would dorm with? We knew we would be learning facts about substance misuse prevention and leadership skills to bring home, but did that mean we’d sit in a classroom all day? Most importantly, would we have ANY fun?
The conference exceeded our expectations and more! We learned so many new skills about leadership and helpful tips to bring back to our coalition to share with our peers and the staff that sent us on this journey. But best of all, we made a huge network of brand new friends, who share our same interests and passions in life. It was incredible to see over 600 teens come together on the Bryant University campus who held the same values and beliefs we did about substance misuse prevention and creating positive change to build healthier communities. Our youth returned exhausted from very full days that began at 8am and ended around 11pm.
The best part of Youth to Youth, according to our 5 teens who attended, was that even though the conference was very large, they felt a true sense of community. Aron and Josue commented about how it was incredible to see such diversity of culture and backgrounds in the youth they met. “I wasn’t the only Latino, for once!” remarked Josue. Ashlynn, Kathryn, and Cat discussed how living in NH, they don’t often get the opportunity to leave their bubble of school and regional friends who share their interest of empowering their peers to live healthy lifestyles. At Youth to Youth, there were hundreds of them, all from their own coalitions, all working on similar initiatives to build a healthy, informed generation.
“I met a girl who is now my best friend,” said Kathryn. The others agreed. Everyone gained incredible peer support from like-minded peers, and left with new friends for life! When asked if we should do this again, the answer was unanimous: YES! 1000%! To hear more from a participant, Josue, about his experience at Youth to Youth please visit our podcast page. The youth we brought to RI are calling this the “best experience this summer,” and we are looking forward to these young empowerYOUTH! leaders to bring their new skills back to our group as well as their schools and communities!
This weekend is the YOUTH TO YOUTH EASTERN CONFERENCE. It’s at Bryant University in Rhode Island. We’re happy to have 5 bright, intelligent, and awesome teens attending this weekend long event with our Young Adult Strategies Coordinator, Kristie Curtis.
It’s a part of Youth to Youth International – “a forerunner in effective youth-led prevention both locally in Central Ohio with on-going comprehensive programming, and nationally with conferences, trainings, and consultations.”
Youth to Youth also “engages young people through meaningful activities and experiences to develop and implement their own ideas to create positive change. Our original youth-driven, adult guided programming has set the standard for youth development and prevention programming across this country and around the world.” It’s teen centered, focused on leadership skill building for young people.
This week is the public comment period for the opioid funding coming to New Hampshire this fall. On Monday, providers and citizens convened for a public comment session with representatives of NH DHHS. Attendees included representatives from all across NH providers.
This funding coming to the state is from SAMHSA, it has certain allowances and restrictions on where the money can be spent. The following link is to the presentation DHHS NH gave at the public comment session. It summarizes the grant from SAMHSA. https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bdas/documents/sor-public-hearing-presentation.pdf
Interested in the full federal grant information? https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/ti-18-015
If you or someone you know is invested in the opioid epidemic and excited to make constructive public comments to DHHS of NH about how the money would be best spent, email email@example.com , the deadline is this Friday 7/27/2018.
Ahhhhh …. summertime! School’s out, time for youth to relax and unwind from a busy school year, perhaps volunteer in your communities or make some spending money through a summer job.
Summertime is also THE TIME for some of the most fabulous youth prevention and leadership programming! This summer, Makin’ It Happen is again involved in providing scholarships for high school age youth to attend our partner in prevention, New Hampshire Teen Institute’s Summer Leadership Program, a week-long retreat for teens in August.
TI’s signature Summer Leadership Program is a dynamic residential week of leadership development, self-discovery, and social connection. SLP brings up to 100 diverse high school students from across NH and New England together through experiential workshops designed as catalysts for personal values exploration and increased school and civic engagement. Throughout the week, participants also increase their knowledge on a variety of topics including substance misuse and addiction, bullying, sexual health, conflict resolution, and health and wellness. The program connects participants with their local peers and school and community action organizations (like Makin’ It Happen!) so they can channel this new energy toward the betterment of their home communities.
In addition this year, we are providing scholarships to a group of teens in our region’s attendance at Youth to Youth’s Eastern States Summer Conference, where one of our staff will also attend as an adult advisor. Youth to Youth engages young people through meaningful activities and experiences to develop and implement their own ideas to create positive change. This year’s 4-day conference is a packed prevention agenda located in Smithfield, RI at Bryant University.
HAPPY SUMMER OF PREVENTION! We can’t wait to share our experiences and bring knowledge and leadership schools to our reopen and schools!
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation posted this great article on their website this week, starring some of the outstanding youth from our leadership group, empowerYOUTH!
Members of the Makin’ It Happen Coalition for Resilient Youth see drugs and alcohol as a clear and present danger to their generation. They are deflecting that danger with a potent weapon: the optimism of the young.
We’re so grateful to NHCF for recognizing and supporting the hard work of our young leaders. Building resiliency is our youth is a key component to preventing addiction, and we truly believe these strong young leaders will change the world for the better.
Please follow this link to read the article: https://www.nhcf.org/what-were-up-to/on-a-mission-to-prevent-addiction/
Currently our podcasts are available on our website, you can stream them online HERE.
But for most people, listening to a podcast is great when you’re on a walk, run, at the gym, driving, or just stuck in a traffic. 🙂 Our podcasts are available through a website/ mobile app called “Podbean.” on the mobile app, you can download them and listen later as opposed to streaming them which relies on a solid internet connection. Check out the video to learn how to find our podcasts on the Podbean app.
Yesterday we conducted one of our monthly collaborative meetings with providers and stakeholders throughout the community. It’s at these meetings where we discuss how to better collaborate, deliver care, and advocate for people in our communities.
Thanks to Shawne Wickham at the Union Leader
Did you make it out for April’s Community Learning Series at Jupiter Hall? If not — or, if you’re eager to learn more about harm reduction — we’ve got you covered! Click here to view a transcript of our podcast with Dean LeMire, speaking on behalf of the New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition.
The idea of the podcast is to let people who couldn’t be part of the presentation have an opportunity to hear some of the information, and the Community Learning Series is really about making sure that all of our neighbors understand they can be part of the solution. Podcast to be posted soon!
Thanks for listening … or, in this case, reading!
Please visit and show your support for this impressive suicide prevention effort developed by recent Manchester West High grad, Luke Boutin! Luke and students from West and Central worked together to create this exhibit, with guidance from Richella Simard, his high school art teacher. The charity art exhibit in support of suicide prevention is open NOW til June 22nd, hosted by our friends at Jupiter Hall on Hanover St. Boutin’s own art pieces will be on display at the exhibit in addition to some graphic designs and T-shirts that he created for the cause. Live music, film screenings, a raffle and guest speakers will be present throughout the week.
On Tuesday, June 19, our EmpowerYOU! Community Learning Series on “Addiction & Suicide Prevention” presented by our wonderful partners at NAMI NH is at 6pm at Jupiter Hall, a great opportunity to learn from skilled experts what you can do to prevent suicide, as well as check out the Together We Prevail exhibit! This is free and open to the public, no registration required. We encourage you to gather some friends and colleagues together and join us Tuesday night to view Luke’s exhibit and empower yourself to create positive change.
For more information, please see this great article detailing Luke and his peers’ art exhibit, and his story of why he is so passionate about this cause here.
Presenting our 8th grade empowerYOUTH! members! These 8th graders will be high school empowerYOUTH! reps in the fall and received Makin’ It Happen gold pins for their commitment to their work with the empowerYOUTH! group this year.
This is an exciting milestone for Makin’ It Happen and our empowerYOUTH! leaders. The sky’s the limit to the awesome initiatives and work they will be doing as part of empowerYOUTH! throughout their high school years and we are looking forward to working with them, their advisors, and the creativity and passion that they will bring to their Greater Manchester area high schools, empowering their peers to make healthy choices and preventing the use of youth using alcohol and other drugs.
Congratulations to Emma Fuller, Mackenzie Powell, Gabriella Rice, Bella Falite, Claire Lawson, Ella Lawson, Caroline Makara and Sarah Grudzien. KUDOS and have a wonderful summer!