About Us

Building Confidence, Resilience, and Lasting Impact

Since 1997, Arts In Reach has engaged teens from southeastern New Hampshire and Maine in community arts programs and mentoring after school and during vacations.

Arts In Reach is designated a Recovery Friendly Workplace by Governor Christopher T. Sununu, and a safe, judgement-free “PLACE” by the Dover Mental Health Alliance. AIR is proud to partner with these important initiatives in their goal to address stigma, promote wellness and recovery, and provide support for people living with substance use and mental health challenges

The AIR Difference

We’re not your typical out-of-school program.

AIR is committed to closing opportunity gaps for teens who face inequities and lack access to high-quality programming based on gender identity, health, neurodiversity, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

AIR programs are free and include transportation assistance. AIR is a community that gives teens hope and celebrates their unique abilities, interests, and personalities, ultimately creating pathways to greater opportunities for their future education, career, and life. Teens struggling with behavioral and mental health challenges can find a supportive, welcoming, and inclusive community with AIR.

Our Goals

Expand Program Excellence & Maximize Impact

We take pride in offering thoughtfully-developed, life-changing programs. We are committed to sustaining and scaling our high-quality programs to benefit growing interests among teens.

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Ensure Financial Sustainability & Growth

To have as powerful an impact as possible, we rely on the generosity of supporters. We strive to develop deeper and more consistent funding sources to secure continuity of service and program excellence.

Maintain Strong Leadership

AIR is only as strong as our talented staff and volunteer leadership. We are committed to fully staffing our organization, compensating staff adequately, and attracting thoughtful, dedicated, and effective volunteer leaders.

Maximize Community Outreach

We work hard to generate strong awareness and recognition of our work by broadening our partnerships with organizations that match our mission and by becoming a quality resource for the community.

3x

of AIR alumni volunteer in their communities, compared to the national average for 18-24 year old women.

%

of AIR alumni vote, more than 2x the national average for 18-24 year old women.

“AIR helps you to connect with other girls in your area and beyond. The leaders are fantastic, and the girls you meet are awesome and become lifelong friends. You realize you aren’t the only one with problems and struggles in your life. You’re not alone.

– An AIR Teen