LEADERS IN PREVENTION
NHTI's Winter Programming for Middle School Students
The Leaders In Prevention (LIP) program brings together teams of eight middle school students and two advisors for a long weekend of activities and Action Planning with numerous other teams from across New Hampshire. Schools, after-school groups, and community organizations identify students -- from all walks of life and levels of skill -- with leadership potential who are capable of working as part of a team, and willing to bring new skills and energy back to their community.
Students participate in an array of learning opportunities – both within their own team and together with all of the participating teams – around topics in school climate, substance abuse prevention, and community involvement. Every participant has the opportunity to develop or expand their leadership skills, build positive relationships with their peers and youth & adult mentors, and explore new ideas to improve their schools & communities. Through this process, they learn more about themselves and each other, and about how to work effectively as a team.
To culminate the program, each team also designs an Action Plan for a project they will implement in their school or community.
EXAMPLES OF PAST COMMUNITY ACTION PLANS
CREATED BY 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th GRADERS AT LIP:
Hinsdale Middle School
Cleaned & fixed up their local
baseball field, then planted flowers.
Franklin Middle School
Held an ongoing blanket and afghan drive for homeless youth and families in the area. Asked for donations and also learned to crochet and knit.
Planned and conducted Haverhill's annual “KIP JR” weekends that included two overnight conferences for grades 4 and 5.
Team members also ran trainings where they taught skills for healthy decision-making to the younger students in their town.
Stewartstown Community School
Created a "Paws-itivity" Bulletin Board in their school. All members of the school community (whose mascot is a bulldog) were encouraged to anonymously write positive things they witness--things that often go unnoticed--on pawprint-shaped paper cutouts, and hang them on a public bulletin board.
Timberlane Middle School
Organized a leadership training and a guest speaker on Anti-Bullying
and creating a positive school climate.
Londonderry Middle School
Presented skits for 6th graders during Peer Mediation/
Anti-Bullying/Harassment Awareness Week. They also conducted tours for incoming 5th grade students.
NH Teen Institute’s pricing for this program is based on current grants and camp costs.
Winter 2020 is $2200 per team, which includes all program materials and accommodations.
Scholarships are available to help with the cost of the program.
2020 Retreat Weekends:
January 24-26 February 14-16 March 6-8
"I have attended many wonderful programs, seminars and clinics devoted to youth leadership training, but the Leaders In Prevention weekend is, by far, the best. My Kearsarge students gained valuable insight into the "how" of leadership while establishing the skills necessary to understand the "why" of leadership. They did not have a clue of what to expect and several were apprehensive; the L.I.P. staff quickly made positive connections with each student and instilled a level of trust that was only surpassed by the constant level of enthusiasm and energy that surrounded each moment.”
Percy Hill, Assistant Principal, Kearsarge Regional Middle School