empowerYOUTH! building resiliency one voice at a time
Eight communities, filled with youth who see, feel, experience, and have something to say, and we’re listening.
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.
In March of 2017, MIH partnered with the DEA360 to host a Youth Opioid Summit at the the SNHU Arena. Over 8500 students and their advisors showed up to listen to inspiring stories and messages from dignitaries from local to national. Celebrities; actors and actresses, sports legends all shared their inspiring messages to this packed arena. Jim Wahlberg of the Wahlberg Youth Foundation was on hand and showed a video to the students entitled ‘If Only’. After listening and watching this very moving video, the lights came up and on stage were families holding pictures of loved ones they have lost to the opioid crisis. Of all the events of the day, this one visual, empowered youth from across the region to connect with Makin’ it Happen to say “What can we do? How can we make a difference?”. All the emotion and energy from that event ignited EmpowerYOUTH!