NH School Funding Youth Voices Opportunities Fall 2020
Dear Colleagues and NH Youth,

We Know Youth Voices Matter. Below are Four Opportunities for Young People in New Hampshire to Share their Thoughts about Public School Funding in New Hampshire this Fall. 

Please share these opportunities with High School-Aged Young Adults and Young Adults
who have completed their education in New Hampshire Public Schools within the last 1–2 years. (Example: graduates, non-graduates, first- or second-year college students.)
Two Youth Public Commenting Sessions
Youth prepare a short statement for the Commission about their thoughts on public school funding.

Sept 23 and Oct 7, 4 – 5 p.m.

Resources to Help Youth Prepare Statements
Watch a commenting session from July 15 on YouTube.
Reaching Higher NH has Coverage of School Funding in NH.

A video and additional materials will be available later this fall. Youth are welcome to come and listen.
Two Focus Groups for High School-Aged Young Adults and Young
Adults Who Completed Their Public Education at
NH Public Schools in the Last 1–2 Years

There will be a tutorial at the beginning of these focus groups that will help everyone understand at a basic level how public schools are funded in our state. We hope for a representation of voices from across the state and ask only youth participate with our skilled
facilitators.
Oct. 13, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Register Here
Oct. 14, 4 – 5:30 p.m., Register Here
After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have any questions about participation, email Carrie.Portrie@unh.edu or call 603-862-3864.

You can also visit the Commission to Study School Funding Calendar to learn more and/or to attend upcoming meetings and public commenting sessions.
Note: The Commission to Study School Funding (established by the NH General Court last fall) began work this past winter. The Commission has asked the Carsey School of Public Policy and its public engagement program NH Listens to support its research, policy analysis, and engagement goals.
Very Best,
Carrie Portrie

New Hampshire Listens Program Manager
Ph.D. in Education: Children and Youth in Communities
On Behalf of the Public Engagement Workgroup for the Commission to Study School Funding
New Hampshire Listens is A Civic Engagement Initiative at the University of New Hampshire Carsey School of Public Policy. Learn more at www.nhlistens.org.
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