For New Heights, their summer program begins in the dead of winter when staff get together to begin to discuss opportunities they want to develop for youth.
“We do not simply roll out the same programs every summer,” said New Heights Executive Director Tracey Tucker. “We like to mix the new in with the old.”
According to Tucker, its new Tristate Adventure program may prove to be one of its more popular offerings this summer. In this program, youth will engage in activities in ME, NH, and MA.
“They will have a chance to rock climb, boogie board and enjoy an ice cream extravaganza all in one day,” she said. “It’s definitely going to be a lot of fun.”
In its new Boogie Boarding and Slacklining program, longtime Adventure Coordinator Sally Gregory said youth will have the chance to slackline at the top of a mountain as well as boogie board in the ocean on the same day.
“Slacklining is an increasingly popular sport that resembles slack rope walking and tightrope walking,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun and we supply all the equipment kids will need.”
New Heights also offers intensive multi-day workshops in which youth can investigate various subjects, or engage in activities, at greater length. Mad Circus Skillz is one such workshop.
“This is an opportunity for youth to learn to walk on both two and four foot tall stilts and make their own performance grade hula hoop to keep,” said New Heights’ becca Pawling. “Kids will finish the workshop by showing off a bit to the tourists of Prescott Park.”
For Pawling, her workshop reflects her strong belief that creativity is essential for youth. She cited her choice in not capitalizing her first name as an example—albeit fun—that people also should feel free to be themselves.
“We encourage positive creative expression, and so how I choose to spell—or not spell—my name sort of demonstrates that for the kids in my workshops,” she noted. “It is okay to be whoever you are.”
For youth who appreciate day trips as opposed to extended overnight expeditions of which New Heights offers several, the Day Camp program is the perfect fit.
“Whether a youth is looking to go swimming at a beach or tubing at a water park, we offer all sorts of different one-day adventures,” Tucker said. “It’s a chance for kids to get their proverbial feet wet at New Heights before moving on to more intensive programs and opportunities.”
According to Tucker, though, New Heights’ Day Camp is still constructed like any other summer program.
“We discuss how we want each day to look like, what staff we want where and in the appropriate instructor to youth ratios,” she added. “Everything we do is intentional, which is why we begin to map out our Summer Program by December of the previous year.”
As for how New Heights can continue to diversify its summer programming each year, Director of Development & Marketing Janice Hastings said community support is critical. She cited its upcoming St, Paddy’s “April Fool’s” Five-Miler in April as proof regarding the “incredible support” New Heights receives from surrounding communities.
“This race attracts more than a thousand people each year—it’s essentially a big party whose purpose, of course, is to raise money for our programs,” she added. “From participants to corporate and individual sponsors, this event alone demonstrates just what New Heights means to the greater Seacoast…Our Summer Program would not be what it is without this type of support.”
As for what parents and youth alike can expect this summer at New Heights, Tucker distilled her beliefs into one word. “Fun,” she laughed.
New Heights charges program fees, but offers need-based scholarships and all the equipment necessary to participate. To register or learn more about New Heights’ Summer Program, please visit www.newheightsonline.org, or call (603) 422-8235.
Rob Levey December 17th, 2016
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Portsmouth, NH–April 7, 2016–After achieving honors for creativity, teamwork and innovation in regional and state academic tournaments, New Heights’ Savage Cabbages team has earned the right to compete in Destination Imagination’s Global Finals, the world’s largest celebration of student creativity, to be held May 25-28 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
They will compete with other teams in the Get a Clue challenge, one of seven, open-ended challenges that require students to apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in addition to their talents in improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork, community service and social entrepreneurship.
“I’m just so proud of what the kids accomplished,” said New Heights’ Wayne Moulton, who managed the team. “They worked hard and it paid off.”
Team members are equally excited about the opportunity to compete in the Global Finals
“We are insanely excited,” said 9th Grader Maya Campbell. “The challenge has been really fun this year and I can’t wait to see how much further we can take it.”
9th Grader Elisa Dhanger is equally excited, as she added, “For us to have been picked as the wild card is amazing and I have no doubts that this will be one of the best experiences ever and something I won’t forget or stop taking about.”
This year, 150,000 students have participated in Destination Imagination tournaments throughout the U.S. and 30 countries in hopes of earning a spot at the Global Finals competition in May.
The Savage Cabbages team is among more than 8,000 students representing more than 1,400 teams that will advance to Global Finals, which will be held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville May 25-28.
“The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity,” said Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination. “Quantitative reasoning, collaborative problem solving, risk taking, collaboration, presentations and thinking on your feet are some of the important skills learned in the program.”
Destination Imagination is a leader in project-based learning opportunities that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. Its academic challenges are designed to teach kids how to think, not what to think, and then present their solutions at regional and state tournaments.
Each year, DI competitions begin with a regional tournament where team solutions are assessed by a panel of trained appraisers, ranging from educators to artists to engineers. Each team solution is scored on a variety of elements, including originality, workmanship, presentation and teamwork. Teams with the highest scores advance to the Affiliate (state or country) tournaments. The top-tiered teams from the Affiliate tournaments advance to Global Finals.
Destination Imagination, Inc. dedicates itself to enriching the global community by providing opportunities for learners of all ages to explore and discover using the creative process from imagination to innovation.
For more information about Global Finals, visit http://globalfinals.org/. To learn more about New Heights, visit www.newheightsonline.org.
About Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-led non-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The most popular education offering is the Challenge Program, where student teams solve open-ended STEM, arts and service learning Challenges and present their solutions to trained Appraisers. Founded in 1982, Destination Imagination has impacted more than 1.5 million students. To learn more, please visit http://destinationimagination.org.
Rob Levey December 11th, 2016
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Portsmouth and Exeter, NH—March 11, 2016—Annually serving more than 800 youth and their families across southern NH and southern Maine, New Heights will host “In the Know,” a panel discussion designed for parents, grandparents and others who work with youth.
An ongoing series in which experts in the field weigh in on pressing and relevant societal issues, the next event will focus on “The Adolescent Brain: Words, Actions, and Habits—Communicating with your Developing Adolescent.” Sponsored by Whole Life Health Care in Newington, the event will take place from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 31 at the Portsmouth Public Library and on Thursday, April 7 at Exeter Town Hall.
“This is a chance for parents, caregivers and others to learn how to better connect with teens, who are often very difficult to understand,” said becca Pawling. “The pressures all kids face today are very different from what we experienced. The series provides a forum for meaningful and open discussions.”
Speakers at the Portsmouth discussion will include Mental Health Counselor Tracey Tucker, UNH Professor Erin Sharp, and Chase Home Coordinator Lindsey Ewald. In Exeter, these speakers will be joined by Dr. Laura Rubin, founder of Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center.
Rob Levey December 11th, 2016
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Portsmouth, NH—March 9, 2016—The cut-off date to receive a free technical shirt when registering for New Heights’ upcoming 7th Annual St. Paddy’s “April Fool’s” Five Miler has been extended to Monday, March 14.
Proceeds from the race support New Heights, which works with schools and agencies across southern New Hampshire to offer programs for youth, grades 5 through 12, in adventure, arts and culture, and STEM.
“We wanted to extend the cut-off date to entice as many participants as possible,” said Race Organizer Todd Hanson, who also encouraged businesses to sign up for the Pease Corporate Challenge or Open Team Categories. “It’s a great way for businesses to have some fun and support a great cause.”
Returning race sponsors are Paddy’s American Grille, Marshall’s Event Rental, Datarisk, Whole Life Healthcare, Two International, Group, Tradeport Counseling, CGI Business Solutions, Underwood Engineers, Pierce Atwood, and Newmarket International.
The 7th Annual St. Paddy’s “April Fool’s” Five Miler will take place at 10:30 AM on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Paddy’s American Grille at the Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth. Race perks include food, hot soups and beer to participants (age 21 & up).
Registration is $30 with technical shirts available to all who register by March 14. Race day registration will be available on site. Runners may register until April 2 at www.paddysfivemiler.com, or call (603) 422-8235.
Rob Levey December 9th, 2016
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