2019 08 12 Henry and Sammy We Celebrate Mentors August min

We Celebrate Mentors!

Mentor Henry Herndon, a Massachusetts native, has called New Hampshire his home since his college days at UNH. He currently works as the Director for Local Energy Solutions at Clean Energy NH in Concord. Henry has always had a passion for working with children and a generous drive toward community service. Being relatively new to NH, and with music and environmental advocacy as his life’s passions, he looked toward mentoring as an additional way of giving back to his local community.

Henry’s mentee, Sammy, was seeking attention and direction from having a positive male role model. Sammy comes from a refugee camp in Rwanda and was referred to the Friends Youth Mentoring Program with the hope he would experience enriching opportunities and gain beneficial influences in his life. Sammy’s a very kind and caring individual who sought to find a mentor with similar interest, including music, nature, and sports.

Henry and Sammy were matched this year by Friends Program staff so they could enjoy their passions and interests together to create a healthy and happy mentoring relationship. Henry has been a role model, a friend, and a helpful influence for Sammy in so many ways; such as signing him up for piano lessons, spending time outdoors (pictured), and encouraging his athletic talents.

Henry has done one of the most important things you can do for a child, genuinely care about them. He has been consistently successful in helping Sammy embrace new adventures and experiences throughout their time together.

What could you do to help a local young person? Call our youth mentoring team at (603) 228-0108 for more information or to register for an upcoming orientation.

Sisters Soniya Suvana with Segun Sisters Soniya Suvana

Segun Olorunfemi is a Professional Teaching Artist originally from Nigeria and is now based in New Hampshire. He spent five days with young mentees and their mentors, along with staff members of the Friends Program, to lead them in creating sand art. Students worked collectively to brainstorm content ideas of activities they have done, or would like to do, with their mentors and eventually named the final piece Superb Summer. Colorful outdoor scenes filled with sunshine and outdoor adventures prevail. The large scale piece will be hung in the Friends Program office in Concord. The children also created individual pieces to take home. This artist residency was generously sponsored by the Rite Aid Foundation and directly benefitted the children in our youth mentoring program. We offer additional thanks to New Hampshire Technical Institute and Kimball Jenkins Art School for their generosity in sharing space to support the project. 

Those who participated to the artwork are as follows:

Aayusha K.
Alyssa S.
Ashley H.
Ayushma D.Ballay C.
Bella M.
Biswas D.
Clementine M.
Erin Reale
Felleh C.
Hekima M.
Jen Curtis
Jose Y.
Judith Kumin
Katherine Woodman-Maynard
Kushang S.
Lily Wellington
McColl Hazen
Meg Donohue
Melina Murray
Mickey Russo
Mike Hvizda
Millie LaFontaine
Nancy Paul
Pratiksha G.
Renee Garza
Ruth Christino
Sandra Silva
Sandy Quint
Sangabo S.
Segun Olorunfemi
Shukurani M.
Smarika D.
Soniya R.
Spencer Bardwell
Stuti K.
Suvana R.
Terri Smith
Thierry N.
Willow W.

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2019 07 26 June July enewsletter

The Friends Program relies on business, community, and individual supporters as well as fundraisers and grants to operate successfully.


This list below includes financial support from foundations/fundraisers/grants/trusts and in-kind contributions received and/or recorded in June & July 2019.


We would also like to mention the many donors who are not listed in respect for their wishes to remain anonymous.


American Hockey League

Bone Builders sites

Boucher Family fund via NH Charitable Foundation

Concord Food Coop & shoppers

Donna & Corey wedding donors

Edward Thornton Trust

Frank M. Barnard Foundation Inc.

Friends Program Annual Friendship Drive donors

Friends Program recurring monthly donors

Give With Liberty Torchbearers

GOBI Library Solutions by EBSCO (formerly Yankee Book Peddler)

Grace Capital Church

Junior Service League of Concord

Kristin, Hair Stylist

Laconia Public Library

Lincoln Financial

Michael's Arts & Crafts

NHGives donors


Northeast Delta Dental

Penacook Elementary School

Red River Theatre

Restoration Foursquare Church & Congregation

RiteAid Foundation

Riverbend Community Mental Health

Triplet Computers, LLC

W.S. Badger Co.

Weaver Brothers Construction Co.

Winslow State Park

Thank You!

If your contribution is not reflected, please accept our apologies and notify

Martha Dickey, Development Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 603.228.7604

or Sandra Silva, Marketing & Outreach, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 603-228-7621