blog1

2019 07 02 Group pic by Terri a min 04 27 19 2019 08 20 12 Mentees Willow Stuti Jose Clementine with Artist Segun drying pieces outside by TS min

[Link to Concord Montitor Article: Celebrating the creative artistry of local children]

 

CELEBRATING THE CREATIVE ARTISTRY OF LOCAL CHILDREN

Friends Program Receives $5,000 Grant from

The Rite Aid Foundation to fund professional art projects

 

The children of the Friends Youth Mentoring Program enjoyed a visual and tactile adventure to Joy Valley AND experienced a Superb Summer. Thanks to a grant from The Rite Aid Foundation, we were able to offer two art projects in 2019 geared towards helping the children, with the support of their mentors and professional artists, learn new hands-on and problem solving skills while building self-esteem, social competencies, and cultural awareness.

Joy Valley, named by the children artists, is the quilting project with award-winning textile/fiber artist Tracy Szanto, owner of Dreamland Machine Quilting, LLC. Tracy worked with us from the concept and design stages through application of varying techniques to bring the imaginative and unique piece to fruition. The quilt includes many special touches and whimsical contributions.

Superb Summer, also named by the children, is a sand painting project with Segun Olorunfemi, a Professional Teaching Artist originally from Nigeria who is now based in New Hampshire. In creative space generously shared by New Hampshire Technical Institute and Kimball Jenkins School of Art, our young artists worked collectively to brainstorm content ideas of activities they have done, or would like to do, with their mentors. Colorful outdoor scenes filled with sunshine and adventures prevail. In addition to the large scale group collaborative piece, the children created individual pieces to take home. 

The children enjoyed these enriching learning experiences by creatively and constructively expressing themselves outside of the formal classroom setting during non-school hours. Our collective gratitude goes out to each of these New Hampshire artists who share decades of experience in their respective art forms and in teaching children. The final pieces will be on display in specially selected locations at the Friends Program office for all to enjoy following a public opening on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 5-7PM.

Founded in 1975, the Friends Program is a non-profit social service organization that recruits, trains, and manages volunteers to meet community needs. Our mission is to strengthen communities by building relationships that empower people, encourage community service, and restore faith in the human spirit. For more information go to www.friendsprogram.org

###

2019 08 13 August eNewsletter

2019 07 Volunteer Opportunties 1

2019 08 12 Henry and Sammy We Celebrate Mentors August min

We Celebrate Mentors!

Mentor Henry Herndon, a Massachusetts native, has called New Hampshire his home since his college days at UNH. He currently works as the Director for Local Energy Solutions at Clean Energy NH in Concord. Henry has always had a passion for working with children and a generous drive toward community service. Being relatively new to NH, and with music and environmental advocacy as his life’s passions, he looked toward mentoring as an additional way of giving back to his local community.

Henry’s mentee, Sammy, was seeking attention and direction from having a positive male role model. Sammy comes from a refugee camp in Rwanda and was referred to the Friends Youth Mentoring Program with the hope he would experience enriching opportunities and gain beneficial influences in his life. Sammy’s a very kind and caring individual who sought to find a mentor with similar interest, including music, nature, and sports.

Henry and Sammy were matched this year by Friends Program staff so they could enjoy their passions and interests together to create a healthy and happy mentoring relationship. Henry has been a role model, a friend, and a helpful influence for Sammy in so many ways; such as signing him up for piano lessons, spending time outdoors (pictured), and encouraging his athletic talents.

Henry has done one of the most important things you can do for a child, genuinely care about them. He has been consistently successful in helping Sammy embrace new adventures and experiences throughout their time together.

What could you do to help a local young person? Call our youth mentoring team at (603) 228-0108 for more information or to register for an upcoming orientation.

2019 06 04 EH Wish List

The Wish List has been updated for our Friends Emergency Housing residence for families transitioning from homelessness.