Youth Leadership & Prevention Programs

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Coaching for Captains’ Mission is to inspire and prepare teen athletes to become role models and leaders in their community.

At school visits, regional trainings, and monthly workshops, we use experiential learning to educate, support and develop leadership skills and healthy behaviors. The program builds the resilience of young athletes to navigate adolescence safely with a vision for a positive future.

Coaching for Captains Registration for the 2019-20 class is open.

What is Coaching for Captains? Coaching for Captains teamwork activity photo

Coaching for Captains is a leadership development program for high school athletes which promotes a culture of success on and off the field of play.

The program is designed to:

  • Inspire and prepare student athletes to be courageous and informed peer leaders to address risky behaviors
  • Build the resilience of young athletes to navigate adolescence safely and with a vision for a positive future
  • Teach teens to be stronger communicators for confident self-expression, self-care, relationship building, teamwork and conflict resolution

What’s in it for the participants?

Coaching for Captains addresses the aspects of athletics that physical conditioning and practice do not. Participants can gain an edge over their competition by working on the mental, social, and emotional parts of the game.

Who should participate?

  • Sophomores are the target audience, however freshmen and juniors can participate as well
  • Student athletes who are interested in improving their life skills and making a difference in their community
  • All athletes who are rising leaders or who aspire to be; not just captains

For more information, email Coaching for Captains staff at

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⇒  Start Ready Summer Camp – Summer 2020 Registration Coming Soon…

Start Ready Summer Camp is a FREE co-ed skills clinic developed by Second Growth and focused on pre-season conditioning, speed and agility training, and leadership skills development for student athletes who participate in any sport, at any time of year. Are you a swimmer or a runner? Do you play soccer, football, basketball, or hockey? Is lacrosse your favorite sport? How about cheerleading, martial arts, tennis, or skiing? No matter what you love to do to stay physically active and healthy, you will improve your game and improve your focus through participation in Start Ready Summer Camp.






This summer, Second Growth will host TWO WEEKS of camp at the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center. The first week is geared toward students rising to grades 7 and 8, and will be held July 22 thru July 26, from 9:00am to 2:00pm. The second week is geared towards students rising to grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, and will be held July 29 thru August 2, from 9:00am to 2:00pm.


Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, NH 03743

WEEK 1 – To Be Announced…

Start Ready 2020 Week 1 Registration

WEEK 2 – To Be Announced…

Start Ready 2020 Week 2 Registration


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Second Growth has developed a new youth program for Middle School students who are interested in the Arts: Spring Break Arts Camp. 

Developed by Second Growth Youth Program staff, Spring Break Arts Camp will provide participants with activities and experiential learning designed to foster communication skills, relationship building, encourage leadership, bring awareness and prevention techniques to bear on bullying, and address awareness and prevention of substance use. This curriculum will be offered within an arts-focused platform providing students a creative outlet for their work in whatever field of Arts they have a passion – music, fine arts, video & film, theater, and creative writing. On day-one, the students will decide what kinds of creative projects they would like to accomplish during the week and make plans to achieve their goals by week’s end. We will culminate the week with a performance and an exhibition of their work.  Lunch and snacks will be provided each day. Participants will be asked to bring their art materials and/or instruments and Second Growth will supplement with additional materials as needed.

2020 Spring Break Arts Camp will be held for two weeks! 

Week One: Kilton Library, April 13 through 17.

Monday through Thursday – 9:00am to 2:00pm – Kilton Library on Main Street, West Lebanon, NH

On Friday we will meet from 9:00am to 2:00pm at The Engine Room on South Main Street, White River Junction, VT

Week Two: Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, April 20 thru 24.

Monday through Thursday – 9:00am to 2:00pm – Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, Claremont, NH

Friday’s location will be announced soon…

Registration is quick and easy, and the program is FREE!!


Second Growth is delighted to offer this program to local Middle School students FREE of charge!

We are grateful to the following organizations for their generous donations, inkind goods, and use of venues, all of which enable us to offer Spring Break Arts Camp and other youth programs throughout the year:

  • The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation 
  • The Couch Family Foundation
  • Mascoma Savings Bank
  • System of Care in Claremont
  • Ottauquechee Health Foundation
  • Hanover Rotary Club
  • Claremont Savings Bank
  • Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
  • HOPE Foundation
  • The Co-op Food Stores
  • Rotary Club of White River Junction
  • Claremont Saving Bank Community Center
  • Kilton Library
  • The Engine Room