Why We Do It

Youth in the Central Region of New Hampshire face a number of risks and challenges during adolescence that, if not well navigated, can jeopardize their health and successful transition to adulthood. These risks include academic failure and subsequent dropping out of high school, criminal activity, and substance misuse. Key indicators collected through state and regional surveys show that there are significant disparities in the Central Region around high school graduation rates and rates of underage drinking and binge drinking, marijuana use, prescription drug misuse, and use of heroin.