The Connor’s Climb Foundation works to raise awareness and provide education for youth suicide prevention throughout New Hampshire. CCF collaborates with teachers and schools, the public, and the mental health system to ensure that the young people of New Hampshire have the life-saving resources needed to prevent suicide.
“We work to increase knowledge about the warning signs of suicide and indicators of emotional distress in our youth. Through the implementation of suicide education programs in New Hampshire schools, CCF helps educators and students foster help-seeking behaviors so that our youth in need of supportive services either reach out for them, or get referred to them by a peer, coach, teacher or any other person in their community. We believe that comprehensive approaches to suicide prevention can save lives. Our goal is to ensure that the youth of New Hampshire do not reach the point of crisis. Instead, they will know the warning signs of suicide, and they will know what to do when they see those signs in themselves or someone else. CCF envisions a comprehensive, community-based approach to suicide prevention. We believe that it is the responsibility of everyone to play a role in the protection of all our youth. We train youth and communities, and we work with youth as volunteers for our major event, a 5K.”
Enough Abuse Maine is a citizen education and community engagement campaign working to prevent child sexual abuse in York County. Organized in 2017 by three local women – a physician, police officer, and music industry leader, their experiences of childhood sexual abuse are inspiring other survivors and concerned citizens to come together to prevent child sexual abuse from ever occurring. Trained volunteers provide free workshops to parents and youth organization leaders and, through the campaign’s Pledge to Prevent™ online social media resource, everyone is supported to take specific doable actions to prevent child sexual abuse in their homes, schools and communities. Take the Pledge at www.pledgetoprevent.org.
Y2Y Harvard Square, a student-run overnight shelter, employs a youth-to-youth model to provide a safe and affirming environment for young adults experiencing homelessness. Y2Y guests have opportunities to collaborate with service providers, other youth experiencing homelessness, and student volunteers to create pathways out of homelessness. Y2Y provides opportunities for youth to become the next generation’s leaders for youth-driven solutions to homelessness.
The Ogunquit Playhouse Scholarship Fund provides theatrical training for students with need in a supportive and nurturing environment. The Ogunquit Playhouse Children’s Theatre Camp for students age 5 to 18 is designed to identify, strengthen and enhance each student’s performance skills, self-esteem and self-expression. Students receive training in dance and choreography, improvisation, acting, staging and vocal work while preparing to perform before a live audience on the Playhouse stage. Each of the sessions culminates in a fully staged production on the Playhouse’s main stage!