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.

There is no cost to attend either panel discussion, which will include refreshments. For more information, visit www.newheightsonline.org, or contact bpawling@newheightsonline.org.

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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.

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December 9th, 2016

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Portsmouth, NH—February 5, 2016—With past versions taking place in March with a St. Patrick’s Day theme, New Heights has elected to add April Fool’s Day to this year’s St. Paddy’s  Five Miler on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Noting many participants dress in a variety of costumes, New Heights Executive Director Tracey Tucker said their hope was to not only expand “the opportunities for fun,” but increase the chances for better weather.

“We had several years where we battled with wind and others with snow and rain,” she said. “We felt that by pushing the race back a couple weeks, we could plan for an even better event and attract more people.”

Proceeds from the race support New Heights’ programming, which serves youth in grades 5 through 12. Working in close collaboration with schools and agencies across southern New Hampshire, New Heights offers programs in adventure, arts and culture, and STEM.

While known for providing great food, hot soups and even beer to participants (age 21 & up), the race also caters to families with a race for kids and numerous race perks enjoyed by all ages. 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.

Registration is $30 with technical shirts available to all who register by March 1.  www.paddysfivemiler.com, or call (603) 422-8235. For information about New Heights, visit www.newheightonline.org.

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December 5th, 2016

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Portsmouth and Exeter, NH—February 2, 2016— Registration is now open for New Heights’ Summer Program, which has attracted youth, ages 11 to 18, from across New Hampshire and southern Maine for nearly 30 years.

Offering everything from extended expeditions to points throughout New England to day trips, workshops that focus on arts and culture, STEM, cooking and more, New Heights’ Summer Program is regarded as one of the best in the state.

“All our staff are trained in youth development and many possess special certifications that make our summer programming unique,” noted longtime Executive Director Tracey Tucker.

Another differentiating factor is that New Heights’ Summer Program is available to all youth regardless of their ability to pay. New Heights also provides participants with all required equipment and gear.

“We do not turn down anyone for lack of funding,” added Tucker, who cited “incredible corporate and individual support” as critical to its ability to meet the needs of youth.

Although its program is physically based out of Exeter and Portsmouth, New Heights’ Summer Program traditionally attracts youth from as far as 50 miles away.

“There is a strong demand for what we offer and how we offer it,” Tucker explained.

Serving more than 800 participants annually throughout the NH Seacoast and southern Maine, New Heights develops year-round programs that complement the educational experience youth receive in schools.

New Heights charges program fees, but offers need-based scholarships and the equipment necessary to participate. To register or learn more about New Heights’ school-year program, visit www.newheightsonline.org, or call (603) 422-8235.

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December 2nd, 2016

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Portsmouth, NH—March 21, 2016—Changing the time a race will be held is never an easy decision, but the organizers of the 7th Annual St. Paddy’s “April Fool’s” Five Miler felt was necessary this year.

St. Paddy's Five Miler in Portsmouth, NH“We had always held our race in mid-March around St. Patrick’s day, but we always tended to battle very wintry weather,” acknowledged Race Director Todd Hanson. “With that in mind we decided to push this year’s race back a couple weeks to increase the likelihood we would catch a break with Mother Nature.”

New Heights Executive Director Tracey Tucker agrees and said changing the timing of this year’s race enabled them to slightly re-envision its theme.

“We have added a fun April Fool’s Day theme to the race, which can only enhance the experience for participants,” she said. “This is a race anyone—fast runner or an entire family—can enjoy.”

According to New Heights’ Janice Hastings, the stakes for a successful are high, as net proceeds support programming and provide scholarships to kids with limited financial means.

“When you run for New Heights, you positively impact the lives of kids,” she added.

Noting the race committee is primarily composed of volunteers, Hanson said he believes this year’s lack of snow will motivate many to register in the final days leading up to the race on Sunday, April 3.

“Of course, we get a few inches of snow now,” he laughed. “However, we are in far better shape than in recent years. Pushing back the date was a smart move.”

Returning race sponsors are Paddy’s American Grille, Marshall’s Event Rental, Kennebunk Savings Bank, Datarisk, Whole Life Healthcare, Two International, Group, Tradeport Counseling, CGI Business Solutions, Kumon of Portsmouth, 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. Race day registration will be available on site. Runners may register until April 2 at www.paddysfivemiler.com or call (603) 422-8235.

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March 21st, 2016

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Portsmouth and Exeter, NH—January 29, 2016—Serving more than 700 youth annually throughout the NH Seacoast and southern Maine, New Heights continues to develop new programs for area youth. Citing new offerings ranging from computer coding to building projects involving skis and snowboards, Executive Director Tracey Tucker said the key to New Heights’ longstanding success rests on its organizational knowledge.

“We have some staff that have been here the better part of 15 to 20 years,” said Tucker. “They continue to receive training in best practices regarding youth development programs and push the envelope. No teen just ‘hangs’ out here.”

According to Assistant Director Meghan Rice, New Heights has particularly focused on programs based on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). In developing such programs in coordination with area schools, Rice said New Heights serves an increasingly important function in the community.

“We complement what schools are doing in the classroom,” she added. “In some cases, we actually are in the classroom alongside teachers.”

In addition to numerous adventure and STEM programs this spring, New Heights will offer GirlTalk! (a discussion based group for 5th grade girls) and art programs.

New Heights charges program fees, but offers need-based scholarships and the equipment necessary to participate. To register or learn more about New Heights’ school-year program, visit www.newheightsonline.org, or call (603) 422-8235.

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January 29th, 2016

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