NH Next

Are you a young person in New Hampshire aged 18 – 40  who wants to make the Granite State — or your corner of it — a better place?

Attendees heard from, and engaged with, other compelling young people who have made a difference in their communities or the Granite State. They met others who share their interests, connect with individuals and organizations with whom they might partner to help create the change they want to see, and gained access to information and other resources that may help them along the way.

The 2021 daily sessions can be viewed below.

The 4th annual NH Next: A Summit for Young Changemakers will be held in Spring of 2022.

Creating Change Through Art 

Young people in New Hampshire who are using art to enliven, inform, and push for change. Featured speakers: Eliza Murphy with Nova Arts (Keene); Deo Mwano with The Blueprint Project; and Manuel Ramirez with Positive Street Art (Nashua).

Creating Change Through Advocacy 

Young elected officials in New Hampshire who are improving their towns via public policy and advocacy. Featured speakers: Mike Giacomo, City Councilor in Keene; Lovey Roundtree Oliff, Selectperson in Exeter; and Jonathan Weinberg, School Board in Concord. 

Creating Change Through Community 

Young people in New Hampshire who are working to make our communities more anti-racist, more welcoming, and more connected. Featured speakers: Courtney Daniel with No To Patterns™ (Portsmouth); Jesus Salamanca with NH Urban Sport (Manchester); and Grace Landry and Adaeze Okorie with NH for Anti-Racist Education (Nashua). 

Creating Change Through Environment 

Young people in New Hampshire who are creating positive change by enhancing our state’s food systems and outdoor natural resources. Featured speakers: Hanna Flanders with Kearsarge Food Hub (Bradford); Marty Parichand with Outdoor New England and Mill City Park (Franklin); and Tyler Ray with Granite Outdoor Alliance (Conway).

Continuing the Change 

Past Rising Stars Awards winners  – where they are now, what they are doing, and how they are continuing to make an impact in New Hampshire. Featured speakers: Laura Brusseau (2014 Civic Leader), Scott Crowder (2017 Young Entrepreneur), Alicia Hannigan (2015 College Student), George Hansel (2017 Civic Leader), Krysta Lewis (2018 Young Entrepreneur), Caleigh MacPherson (2018 Young Person), Arnold Mikolo (2016 Civic Leader), Emmett Soldati (2019 Young Entrepreneur), Chris Wellington (2015 Young Person), and Sarah Wrightsman (2018 Civic Leader).

Thank you to our 2021 event sponsor!

2021 Attendee Take-Aways

The 3rd annual event was a virtual series with daily sessions. Attendees stated they left informed and inspired. A bonus to hosting a virtual event – increased participation from throughout the state. View the chart below to see what regions of the state attendees joined us from.

Find the 2021 online sessions on our YouTube channel.

2020 Attendee Take-Aways

Find the 2020 online sessions on our YouTube channel.

The 2nd annual event was scheduled just weeks after the pandemic started. Check out what one of our virtual attendees had to say as we had to make the pivot.

Great job with last week’s series of events! Stay Work Play is doing an excellent job both providing meaningful opportunities for young people to connect and engage in the short term, and furthering the organization’s long-term goals.”

2019 Attendee Take-Aways

NH Next attendees left inspired, connected, educated, and ready for action. Check out what the 2019 attendees had to say when describing their experience via the word cloud.

I often attend events like this and sometimes I leave thinking that I could have spent my time better but not this event! It over delivered and I can’t wait to see what you do next!”

…I learned that I have power and influence in my community, and can make a difference.”

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.”