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NH Impower Youth Program Fuding Application Overview
Governor Chris Sununu has authorized the expenditure of $2 million from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“flex funds”) for the Empowering Youth Program, which will allow the Department of Health and Human Services to fund summer youth programming as part of the State’s Invest in the Future Fund.

COVID-19 has severely limited summer programing available to middle and high-school aged youth. After months of remote learning, older youth may be experiencing negative effects of social isolation, engaging in substance abuse, or subject to abuse or neglect. Some high-school students, having been physically out of school since March, may decide not to return this fall. During this time of social distancing and limited summer camp/care options, adolescent youth will benefit immensely from structured activities outside of the home.

Empowering Youth Program funding is available for youth summer and fall programs. The summer programs may be transformed into afterschool or weekend programs when the school year resumes. Permitting programs that extend beyond the traditional summer break will incentivize the creation of opportunities that will serve as a bridge for students as they transition back to school in the fall. This format also allows providers to proactively explore alternative community-based programs, which could prove beneficial in the event that schools revert to remote or hybrid operations at some point during the 2020-21 school year.

The Empowering Youth Program is designed to benefit middle and high-school aged youth. The program’s incentives target providers that will either expand current programs to middle and high-school students or initiate new program opportunities for these age groups. Similarly, providers may access program resources to fund adolescent youth counselor positions within existing programs that are aimed at younger children. This will provide teenagers the opportunity to learn leadership and mentoring skills.

Jul 30, 2020 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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