- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness has started recruiting people for its Granite Leaders program, which has the goal of building leadership skills within the homeless and formerly homeless community.

Applications are being accepted until Oct. 1 for the program’s second, biennial, class, which starts in November and is limited to 20 students.

The six-month, free program is followed by a year and a half of mentorship. Participants learn specific skills and interact with leaders on the local, statewide and national levels. Graduates become part of a network of skilled leaders focused on improving the quality of life in communities across New Hampshire.

“It is essential that the voices of those who have experienced homelessness are incorporated into our discussions about how best to solve this troubling problem,” said Cathy Kuhn, director of the coalition. “Graduates from the 2014 class of Granite Leaders are making profound impacts in their communities and we are looking forward to expanding their number and influence with new graduates from the 2016 class.”

One graduate, Leonard Constant II, said while he was homeless, he saw a lot of things that he wanted to change, but he had no idea how to do it. He said he could tell his story to anyone on the street, but “with this program, I’m learning the right people to tell it to that actually might affect a change.”

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Online:

www.nhceh.org/GraniteLeaders

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