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 2021-22 class will open soon.   

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, gaining confidence and leadership skills in the process.

Who would benefit from participation?

  • 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 Youth Program staff at

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⇒  Start Ready Summer Camp – Summer 2021 Registration is OPEN!

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 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’ll improve your game and your focus through participation in Start Ready Summer Camp. During Start Ready Summer Camp students will develop leadership skills, build resilience, and learn about the healthy habits and risk avoidance that will improve their athletic and academic performance in the coming year. Students who enjoy a variety of sports are invited to register for this FREE program, with lunch and snacks included.  Second Growth’s Youth Programs are sponsored by the following organizations:

The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation – Couch Family Foundation –  Mascoma Bank – Hypertherm HOPE Foundation – Hanover Rotary Club – Rotary Club of White River Junction.



This summer, Second Growth will host one week of camp for students rising to grades 6 thru 9 at Hartford Middle School from 9am to 2pm, July 26 through 30. We will also host one week of camp for students rising to grades 6 thru 9 at the Claremont Middle School from 9am to 2pm, August 2 through 6.



WEEK 1 – July 26 through July 30 – 9:00am to 2:00pm at Hartford Middle School

CLICK HERE: Start Ready 2021 Registration at Hartford Middle School

WEEK 2 – August 2 through August 6 – 9:00am to 2:00pm at Claremont Middle School

CLICK HERE: Start Ready 2021 Registration at Claremont Middle School

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* Summer Break Arts Camp Registration 2021 is OPEN!

Join us in 2021: TWO WEEKS TO CHOOSE FROM!!                                                   

Second Growth is offering a youth program for Middle School students interested in the Arts, called Summer Break Arts Camp. 

Developed by Second Growth Youth Program staff, Summer 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, creative writing, and more. 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/or an exhibition of their work.  Lunch and snacks will be provided each day. We will have lots of art materials on hand, and participants will be asked to bring any specialized materials they need and/or their own instruments.

2021 Summer Break Arts Camp will be held for two weeks! 

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

Week One: June 21 through 25 at Claremont Savings Bank Community Center

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR JUNE 21 through 25 in Claremont

Week Two: July 19 through 23 at Hartford Middle School

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR JULY 19 through 23 in Hartford

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 Youth Programs throughout the year. Thank You!

  • The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation                             
  • The Couch Family Foundation
  • Mascoma Savings Bank
  • Hanover Rotary Club
  • Hypertherm HOPE Foundation
  • Rotary Club of White River Junction
  • Claremont Saving Bank Community Center
  • Claremont Middle School
  • Hartford Middle School

Second Growth Presents: ADULTING 101   

Have you ever wondered how to balance a checkbook, what to wear to a job interview, how to put air your car’s tires, or what to do when a friend sprains their ankle while you’re on a hike? And are you wondering NOW how all these random skills fit together?

They fit together in a new program called Adulting 101 where Second Growth staff and local professionals will provide information and activities to help you learn about things you will some day soon face in the adult world.

Second Growth will be hosting Adulting 101 on a regular basis, here in our office or out in the community. Each meeting will include learning how to cook a favorite meal, and fun activities related to the following topics: Personal Finance, Health, Car Repair, Wellness, General Knowledge, Business Etiquette, and more!

We’ll be posting the dates on Facebook and here on our website, so check back soon, and plan to join us for good food, friends, and fun.