About Us

Building Confidence, Resilience, and Lasting Impact

Since 1997, Arts In Reach has engaged teens from southeastern New Hampshire and southern Maine in arts-based activities and mentoring through after-school and vacation programming.

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. Arts In Reach is committed to helping close opportunity gaps for teens who face inequities based on their gender identity, economic status, health, neurodiversity, sexual orientation, or race. We provide access to unique, arts-based experiences they may not otherwise have.

The AIR community lifts teens up and celebrates their unique talents, interests, capabilities, and personalities, ultimately creating pathways to greater opportunities for their future education, career, and life. Teens struggling with adversity, self-harm, substance misuse, suicidality, or other behavioral and mental health challenges can find a supportive, welcoming, inclusive environment 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