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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Portsmouth and Exeter, NH—February 18, 2016—For anyone who would like to receive a technical shirt when registering for New Heights’ upcoming 7th Annual St. Paddy’s “April Fool’s” Five Miler, the cut-off date is March 1.

“Getting a high-quality technical shirt is a huge benefit that many people love when it comes to road races,” said Todd Hanson, who organizes the race. “We don’t want anyone to be disappointed. We know runners love their shirts and we want ours to be their favorite.”

Proceeds from the race support New Heights, which works collaboratively with schools and agencies across southern New Hampshire to offer programs for youth, grades 5 through 12, in adventure, arts and culture, and STEM.

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 1., or call (603) 422-8235.

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December 18th, 2016

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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.”

Day Camp
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.”

Community Support
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, or call (603) 422-8235.

December 17th, 2016

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stemprogramServing more than 800 youth annually throughout the NH Seacoast and southern Maine, New Heights has opened registration for its 2016-2017 school year programs.

Providing opportunities that incorporate everything from the creative arts to science, math, adventure, food and more, this year’s program represents a tangible transition from STEM education to STEAM. While STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, the ‘A’ in STEAM refers to art.

“There is a subtle shift in education that is taking place and we want to be on the forefront of it,” said New Heights Executive Director Tracey Tucker. “Whereas science and technology transformed our economy in the last century, there is evidence to suggest that art and design needs to be integrated in K through 20 education.”

becca Pawling, longtime arts and culture coordinator at New Heights, said the evolution of education in recent years is an exciting development.

“Obviously, I am biased, but I have felt that the arts have been marginalized in education for far too long, so it is very gratifying to see organizations and educational institutions begin to actively integrate art,” she said.

As a result of this transition to STEAM, New Heights has developed a wide variety of new workshops that tangibly incorporate art and/or creative thinking. Beautiful Biology and Sacred Geology are just two examples of STEAM programming. Other STEAM workshops include STEAM: The Science of Color and STEAM: Eco-Dye Chemistry.

According to New Heights Assistant Director Meghan Rice, the entire staff is excited to introduce to youth programs that will “enlighten, encourage and surprise them.”

“We have developed things that are going to be so much fun and yet serve a higher educational purpose at the same time,” she said. “It is very important that we continue to evolve as a resource for schools, parents and youth—and STEAM is where we are going.”

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, or call (603) 422-8235.

December 16th, 2016

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