Stay Work Play – a New Hampshire nonprofit that encourages more 20 and 30 “somethings” to stay in, come to, or “boomerang” back to New Hampshire – was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Stay Work Play will use the grant to spread the word about the value of internships with the goal of doubling the number of organizations and students utilizing NHInternships.com program.
Stay Work Play is the only organization in New Hampshire that is 100% devoted to increasing the amount of young people in the Granite State and the NHInternships.com platform will allow students to find internship opportunities with New Hampshire businesses and organizations. College students currently enrolled in higher education in New Hampshire or those that are native to the state attending school elsewhere, will also have access to the platform, and NH organizations may post for free.
“By growing the NHInternships.com platform, we are creating a workforce pipeline of young talent for New Hampshire’s businesses. As students step into their internships, they are provided real-world experience with New Hampshire organizations, which may ultimately lead to permanent job placement. Internships create a great opportunity for both sides of the equation to ‘try each other out,’ but in addition, students start to build their network, and hopefully feel more connected with NH communities and more apt to stay here long term,” said Kate Luczko, president and CEO of Stay Work Play.
Through this one-year grant, Stay Work Play plans to double the number of businesses and students utilizing NHInternships.com on their trajectory to 5,000 users within five years. NH companies will be able to fill their internships with NH talent (either those attending school in New Hampshire or natives attending school elsewhere) and they will have a pipeline for vetting potential talent for hire, resulting in more retention. Through this, Stay Work Play also hopes to see further improved relations and communication between businesses and higher education.
“Now more than ever, we need to make sure that all of New Hampshire’s kids have the opportunity to get the experience and education they need to thrive in the workforce,” said Judy Burrows, director of student aid at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. “This grant will position Stay Work Play as the ‘go-to’ place for internship opportunities making it easier for New Hampshire employers and students to find the right match.”
About Stay Work Play
Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting President & CEO Kate Luczko, firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 860-2245.
About the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation was created in 1962 by and for the people of New Hampshire, and is dedicated to strengthening communities across the Granite State. The Foundation manages a growing collection of 1,700 philanthropic funds created by generous families, individuals and businesses, and awards more than $30 million in grants and scholarships every year. The Foundation invests charitable assets for today and tomorrow; works with generous and visionary citizens to maximize the power of their giving; supports critical work happening in New Hampshire communities and leads and collaborates on high-impact initiatives. For more information, please visit www.nhcf.org or call 603-225-6641.