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!