Aiming to connect, inform, and inspire the young people who want to make New Hampshire — or their corner of it — a better place, Stay Work Play will host the 2nd annual NH Next: A Summit for Young Changemakers. Originally slated as an in-person event, the program will take place online in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a series of daily online sessions taking place Monday, April 27, through Friday, May 1, attendees aged 18-40 will hear from, and engage with, other compelling young people who have made a difference in their communities in the areas of community building, diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurship, politics, and food justice.
Stay Work Play’s 2019 Rising Stars Awards High School Student of the Year award recipient, Caroline Dillon of Rochester, will deliver the summit’s featured presentation. She will discuss her successful efforts to pass the state’s “period poverty” bill during the 2019 legislative session which now requires all schools in New Hampshire to provide feminine hygiene products to students free of charge.
Other summit speakers and panelists include:
- City Year Sr. Diversity Strategy Manager Emerald Anderson-Ford of Manchester;
- Artful Harper Studios Owner and Creative Guts podcast Co-Host Laura Harper Lake of Exeter;
- Dartmouth College Talent Acquisition Consultant Rabia Ghandi of Hanover;
- Southern NH University Associate Dean of First Year Experience, Retention, and Special Programs Dr. Jasmeil (Jazz) Jackson of Manchester;
- New Hampshire PBS Membership Coordinator Diamond LeGrande of Portsmouth;
- Deo Mwano Consultancy Founder and Creator Deo Mwano of Manchester;
- NH Rocks Owner and Operator Jonathan Noury-Elliard of Concord;
- State Representative Israel “Iz” Piedra of Manchester; and
- Boards & Brews Owner Keating Tufts of Manchester
NH Next is also about helping connect young people not just to each other, but also to nonprofits and other community organizations, to their cities and towns, and ultimately to New Hampshire itself. A full schedule of the Zoom series is available on the organization’s website at stayworkplay.org/nh-next. Registration is required for the individual sessions in order to receive the links for participation.
A participant from the 2019 event stated, “as someone who attends a lot of conferences and is often the youngest person in the room, it was remarkable to see the sheer number of dedicated, bright, and amazing young people we have working across the state! I hope to see some of those people at future conferences that aren’t necessarily targeted toward young people. It shows what an important role SWP has as a connector between industry and young energy.”
The 2nd annual NH Next: A Summit for Young Changemakers is made possible with the support of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.
About Stay Work Play: Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is “to attract and retain more young people in New Hampshire.” Learn more at stayworkplay.org.