NH State Capitol mediumThe New Hampshire Senior Leadership Program is now taking applications for the 2014 class.  A collaboration among AARP New Hampshire, Center on Aging and Community Living at UNH, and Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, the program is designed for older adults, caregivers, family members and friends who want to advocate for older adults in New Hampshire.  Application deadline is February 24. 

Members of the 2014 class should represent diverse backgrounds, ages and geographic regions of the state.  Twenty participants will be selected on their motivation to become well informed and active in policymaking and systems change for aging New Hampshire citizens. 

“In its fifth year, this program is designed to be educational and provide advocacy and community leadership skills necessary to advance issues of importance to Granite Staters as they age,” said Doug McNutt, AARP New Hampshire Associate State Director for Advocacy.  “Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, livable communities and long-term care supports and services are topics at the forefront.  Our hope is for every graduate to leave the program with the information they need to engage with these important issues of our times.” 

Participants will meet five times over an eight-month period and receive intensive training on a variety of educational and community topics.  Educational methods include discussions, web-based learning, small- and large-group sessions, independent research application, as well as video and audio resources.  All expenses including hotel, meals and materials are covered for participants.  The only cost to participate is a $45 contribution at the time of acceptance. 

“Attending this program was a life-changing event for me,” said Sherri Harden of Goffstown, a 2012 graduate.  “Learning effective strategies to promote and support change is very powerful.  The exercises and group projects were the icing on the cake.  Oh, and did I mention we had fun?” 

To register, complete the application and return by February 24, 2014. An overview of directions, session dates and topics are outlined in the flyer.  For specific questions, send us an email at nh@aarp.org.  

Want to find out more before you complete the application?  Join us on Wednesday, February 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Red River Theatres in Concord.  Besides meeting alumni of the program, we’re bringing in Lewis Feldstein, coauthor of Better Together:  Restoring the American Community, who will share his wisdom on community and civic engagement. 

To reserve your spot for this free event and evening of inspiration, information and fun, please register at http://aarp.cvent.com/2014SeniorLeadership