MSVB presents grant to AMTP

MEREDITH — With a recent grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund (MVSB Fund), the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project (AMTP) of Wolfeboro will be able to offer trips and activities to enrich the lives of Lakes Region teens that face challenging life circumstances and have limited financial resources.
The funds will go toward the AMTP's 'Teen Project' and 'Pathways to Leadership' programs for local youth between the ages of 12 and 18. The programs include 30 days of trips that emphasize wilderness adventure, leadership development, community service and future explorations. In addition, AMTP offers one-on-one mentoring support and operates multiple projects that foster resilience in youth, encourage positive peer and family connections, and increase community knowledge on issues and concerns relevant to children and adolescents.
"We're so grateful for the support of the MVSB Fund in helping us improve opportunities for youth in our communities," said Dave Lynch, executive director of the AMTP. "Their generosity will allow 50 teens in our community to exercise new communication and leadership skills, develop an appreciation for multicultural society and the natural world, and learn about the many ways they can participate in their local communities."
By collaborating with parents, educators, and mental health practitioners, the AMTP helps more than 300 youth each year thrive in their families, schools, peer group and communities and reaches more than 800 others each year through community and family education projects and professional development opportunities. Five school districts actively partner with the AMTP: Alton, Gilford, Laconia, Governor Wentworth and Wakefield. The AMTP relies solely on funding from towns, private foundations, businesses and private donors to sustain their program.
The award to the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project is one of 32 grants totaling $78,762 awarded by the MVSB Fund during the most recent grant cycle. Applications for the next set of grants are due by October 15, 2012.