Adventure programFor nearly 30 years, New Heights in Portsmouth and Exeter has made adventure one of its primary offerings in both its school and summer programs. More than simply taking participants on random excursions on hiking trails or on surfboards in the ocean, New Heights adventure programs place youth in situations where skills like leadership and teambuilding are actively developed and encouraged.

For Joanie Dickinson, whose son Drew has participated in overnight programs in which he canoed in the Adirondacks and backpacked in Utah, the programs are life-changing.

“New Heights is inspirational to children and their parents,” she said. “The New Heights programs and staff are consistent but also changing by being open minded and adding programs as need be.”

Tracey Tucker, longtime executive director at New Heights, said adventure programs “demand accountability from youth in supportive environments,” which she said is crucial to their emotional development. (more…)

February 20th, 2017

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In the Know

Bringing in experts from across southern New Hampshire, New Heights’ next In the Know panel discussion, The Adolescent Brain: Words, Actions, and Habits—Communicating with your Developing Adolescent, will focus on adolescents and the family dynamic. Citing social media as just one factor that often “trips up” many parents, New Heights Executive Director Tracey Tucker said the discussion will provide tools and strategies that will benefit any caregiver.

“Parents today are navigating a world that is substantially different than the one in which they grew up,” she said. “This discussion will get right to issues that cause great concern for parents.” (more…)

December 25th, 2016

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Fab Find

Open for a little more than 5 years, The Fabulous Find in Kittery has turned donated designer clothing and home décor into a fundraising juggernaut. With its latest monthly donation—more than $7,200 each to New Heights and the NH Theatre Project—The Fabulous Find has given away $774,983 to local nonprofits.

“We were started by a few women who had an idea for a different type of resale shop—something above the typical thrift shop, but not quite a consignment shop,” said Marcye Philbrook, board president and one of several founders. “We also resolved to beautifully display the merchandise and shoot for a better quality of item.” (more…)

December 22nd, 2016

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golfpicHeld at the Portsmouth Country Club on Thursday, September 15, the 11th Annual New Heights Golf Tournament raised more than $21,000 to provide scholarships and support a wide variety of experiential programs for more than 1,100 area youth.

Founded in 1987, New Heights recently unveiled its school year programming, which includes an emphasis on STEAM. Whereas STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, the ‘A’ in STEAM refers to art. “Our programming has really excited the larger Seacoast community, including parents and sponsors,” said New Heights Executive Director Tracey Tucker. “This annual tournament is so important for us, because it supports the need to provide scholarships to ensure all youth have access to New Heights programs. It also allows us to constantly innovate our programs to best support our youth and families.” (more…)

December 21st, 2016

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