The New Hampshire Youth Network is a program of Breathe New Hampshire that has created a new generation of leaders who engage others in matters that impact breathing: tobacco use, air quality and the environment.
How Can I Get Involved?
1. Become a member of the Youth Advisory Board. Get the YAB application here.
Up to thirty youth leaders serve on YAB. These youth are selected through an application process. They shape the program by developing messages and activities for their peers across the state. YAB members will:
- Empower fellow New Hampshire youth to take action
- Serve as a role model for youth throughout the state
- Participate in, organize, and lead activities in your local community
- Solicit feedback and input from local youth
- Assist in planning and implementation of the statewide youth summit
- Assist in planning and implementation of statewide activities
- Serve as a spokesperson for the network upon request
2. Individuals and student organizations can become general members of the New Hampshire Youth Network.
For more information about joining the network, or to send completed applications, contact Kim Coronis, Youth Program Manager:
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone - 603-669-2411 x104
- Fax - 603-645-6220
- Snail Mail - Breathe New Hampshire, 145 Hollis St., Unit C, Manchester, NH 03101
For more information contact: Kim Coronis Youth Program Manager email@example.com (800) 835-8647
August Volunteer of the Month
Leila Wojtkowski Barbeau, of Nottingham, first got involved with Breathe New Hampshire as a sixth grader when she would help her grandmother and Breathe NH staff member, Cheri Fenwick, with some of the office filing duties. Since she already felt like part of the Breathe NH family, it made sense for Leila to officially become a volunteer. She has been a volunteer now for 7 years, including four years as a member of Breathe New Hampshire’s Youth Advisory Board.
In addition to helping around the office, Leila has done some very exciting things as a volunteer. She helped to create a public service announcement about the dangers of smoking, She travelled to the State House in Concord to meet Governor John Lynch on World No Smoking Day, and she has worked on several Youth Network projects including the anti-smoking education exhibit, NH Soles Lost ...At What Cost?.
“The people I've been able to interact with, inside and outside of the office, are fantastic,” Leila explains. “Everyone has been welcoming and encourages me to always be confident in my work. They genuinely care about me and that makes volunteering incredibly special. Also, you get to educate and help others, which makes the experience very rewarding. Being a volunteer has allowed me to do things I wouldn't have had the opportunity to do otherwise.”
Leila attended boarding school at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH and will study environmental and political science at the University of Maine this fall as a part of their Honors College. Her dream job is to work for the United Nations’ environmental program. Leila enjoys playing field hockey and reading and loves gardening and spending time with her family.
Thank you, Leila! We wish you all the best as you start school this fall and prepare for a very bright future.