While the opioid crisis has made national headlines, addiction is sadly nothing new in New Hampshire. Individuals and families continue to struggle with mental health and addiction and the effects are far reaching, too often impacting entire communities. Community members have the ability to make a difference, to become empowered, and to help turn the tide of addiction. That’s the focus of the empowerYOU! Community Learning Series organized by Makin’ It Happen. Once a month from 6-8pm at Jupiter Hall (89 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH), community members are invited to participate in this series to help make a difference in the health of their neighborhoods.


This series is a collaborative effort, which currently includes the following partners: Manchester Health Department, Network4Health, Southern NH Planning Commission, Families in Transition, New Futures, NNE Poison Control, Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, National Alliance for Mental Illness NH, Teen Institute, Hope for NH Recovery, NH Harm Reduction Coalition and Partnership for a Drug- Free NH. The series is expected to continue and add additional partners, sponsors and presenters as it builds.

  1. Learning Series Session 1: Understanding Addiction: 10 Action Steps
  2. Learning Series Session 2: Youth Prevention & Communication: 10 Action Steps
  3. Learning Series Session 3: Language and Stigma: 10 Action Steps
  4. Learning Series Session 4: Building Community Resilience: 10 Action Steps
  5. Learning Series Session 5: Overdose Prevention & Response: 10 Action Steps
  6. Learning Series Session 6: Treatment, Peer Supports & Beyond: 10 Action Steps
  7. Learning Series Session 7: Advocacy 101: 10 Action Steps
  8. Learning Series Session 8: Addiction & Suicide Prevention: 10 Action Steps
  9. Learning Series Session 9: Over the Counter, Under the Radar: Coming July 17th!


EmpowerYOUTH! is an initiative of the Makin’ it Happen Coalition(MIH) whose goal is to bring Greater Manchester Youth concerns, ideas and passion to the prevention conversation. Working locally, thinking regional, and beyond, the youth come together to share, listen, learn and discuss issues and challenges within their school community. Collectively they identify prevention solutions that they can put into action.

Makin’ it Happen works to secure learning opportunities for the youth and develop partnerships with our core community sectors (Business, Education, Government, Safety/Law Enforcement and Community and Family Supports) with a goal of expanding support to our EmpowerYOUTH! Initiative. In addition, MIH is actively engaged with our state partners to ensure learning, advocacy and strength-based opportunities are brought to the youth of the region.

Learn more here!

Young Adult Strategies

Are you a young adult living in the Greater Manchester Region who’d like to get involved in creating healthier communities for your peers? We invite you to contact Kristie Curtis, Young Adult Strategies Coordinator, to learn more about ways you can be involved: kc@mih4u.org. 

Monthly Collaborative Meetings

SUD Collaborative

SUD Youth Collaborative