The Foundation’s New Hampshire Tomorrow youth opportunity agenda aims to help all of New Hampshire’s kids to thrive. Here are a few examples of the more than $11 million in grants and scholarships made last year in the areas of early childhood development, family and youth supports, substance use prevention and treatment, and higher education and career readiness.
Seven grants totaling $125,000 to family resource centers and other nonprofits to help improve parenting skills, support home visiting for low-income families, provide developmental screening and teach parents about child development.
$140,000 combined to Southern New Hampshire Services and the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund to provide technical assistance to improve the quality of child care centers.
$54,000 to Media Power Youth, which helps kids use media wisely and empowers them to make healthy choices. Media Power Youth’s programs aim to prevent violence, substance use and other risky behaviors.
$537,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs (Central NH, Lakes Region, Manchester, Greater Nashua, North Country, Souhegan Valley), Girls Inc., Big Brothers/Big Sisters of New Hampshire and Life Bridge for services including youth mentoring, summer camps and after-school programs.
$257,000 in support to Families in Transition, which provides a range of family support services, from transitional housing to parenting support, counseling, child care and budgeting training.
$700,000 to help medical providers implement the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment protocol to screen young people for substance use — a critical tool for prevention and for identifying young people in need of treatment. More than 4,000 New Hampshire youth have been screened to date.