Thriving Youth

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Promoting Positive Youth Development

Positive Youth Development utilizes resources within the home, school, and community to engage youth in an environment that prioritizes wellness as an integral part of identifying their personal goals as well as their social impact. We work with schools, after-school programs, youth-serving organizations and other community partners to promote nutrition, physical activity, and social, emotional and mental wellness in youth. We provide programming, resources, training, and technical assistance to help youth thrive in all areas of wellness.

4-H Healthy Living

NH 4-H Healthy Living engages youth and families with activities and resources to promote physical, social and emotional well-being. Learn more about events and opportunities related to nutrition, mental wellness and outdoor education!

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Healthy Schools NH

We work with schools, youth and the greater school environment to create healthy and sustainable changes through direct education, technical assistance, wellness collaboration and policy, systems, and environmental changes. Check out our resources!

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Programs We Offer

We offer a variety of programming to help youth thrive in all areas of health. Check out these resources to see what programming we can bring to you!

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Programs and Curriculums We Recommend

Some are delivered by UNH staff and others are not. 

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Intended for high school classes or community settings with groups of teens, ages from 14 to 18, It’s Real: Teens and Mental Health is a 45-minute program that provides young people with mental health education and resources. The program raises awareness about mental health issues, how to start a conversation about mental health, the importance of self-care, and how to reach out for help.

  • Age: 14-18
  • Cost: Free
  • Provided by: UNH Extension
  • Contact: Kristin Eberl

teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) teaches teens in grades 10-12, or ages 15-18, how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among their friends and peers.

  • Age: Adults; to learn about youth ages 12-18
  • Cost: Free 
  • Provided by: UNH Extension
  • Contact: Sue Meattey

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

  • Age: Adults; to learn about youth ages 12-18
  • Cost: Free
  • Delivered by: UNH Extension
  • Contact: Sue Meattey

This workbook is intended for advanced-level youth who are interested in learning more about mental health, why it is important to overall well-being and steps that promote understanding and action.

  • Age: Middle school and high school
  • Cost: $4.25 per youth
  • Delivered by: Any adult
  • Contact: Kristin Elberl

Introduces youth members to basic concepts in mindfulness practices. The program promotes mindful practices that lead to improvements in managing one’s own goals, developing a sense of self, time management, stress management, emotional regulation, and mindful eating practices. Specific outcomes from youth participation in the curriculum include short-term (skill development and knowledge gain), mid-term (increased stress management, mindful eating, etc.), and long-term (improved physical, emotional, and social health) benefits.

  • Age: 5-8
  • Cost: $40 plus supplies.
  • Delivered by: Any adult; training can be provided
  • Contact: Kendra Lewis

Incorporates the Essential Elements of youth development: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity. Through 4-H Mindful Mechanics, teens are encouraged to build positive relationships through expressing care, concern and gratitude for others (belonging), build beliefs in oneself (mastery), practice self-discipline, self-control, and self-reflection (independence), and serve others.

  • Age: 13+
  • Cost: $40 plus $10 per journal (optional)
  • Delivered by: Any adult; training can be provided
  • Contact: Kendra Lewis

SEL program focused on building courage, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion

  • Age: Grades K-12,Home, School, Work Curricula
  • Cost: Free
  • Delivered by:  Anyone
  • Contact: Shannon DeSilets

Designed to help young people ages 11 to 14 and adults work in partnership to create environments that are physically and emotionally safe. It draws from extensive research from a variety of key disciplines – as well as evidence-based bullying prevention programs. Be SAFE includes engaging activities that promote social and emotional learning and development, address and prevent bullying and foster positive relationships with peers and adults. Click here for a webinar to learn more about this program.

  • Age: Grades 11-14 
  • Cost: $80
  • Delivered by:  Any adult
  • Contact: Kristin Eberl
4-H Volunteers 

4-H Volunteers can use curriculum for free

For programs with a fee

When a fee is charged for an  Extension program, it is to cover costs. A limited number of scholarships are available to individuals unable to pay. Please send requests for scholarships to Kristin Eberl


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