TO BUILD CREATIVITY, CONFIDENCE, AND RESILIENCE IN THE YOUTH AND FAMILIES IN OUR COMMUNITIES.
Austin grew up in Fremont, NH and attended the Ellis School in Fremont, Sanborn High School in Kingston and was currently in his senior year at Great Bay Charter School in Exeter. In his younger years, Austin enjoyed building things with Lego's, playing computer and video games, and he played football several years with the Nor-Rock Vikings. Austin was a very social and loving person. He had the kindest heart and was always willing to help anyone. Austin enjoyed being neat and having things in order.
Austin Joseph Anderson, 17, died December 3, 2016 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. While Austin did not die from drug addiction, he did struggle like many other teens today. Through this great tragedy there has been much beauty created because of a beautiful person.
YOUTH AND FAMILY PROGRAMMING
Austin17House is a judgement free resource facility that encourages creativity and supportive programming for both middle and high school aged youth and families. Our goal as an organization is to be the central resource hub for our community.
Our Strategic Plan
Austin17House is a nonprofit youth and family community center that provides mentoring programs for middle and high school youth in the greater Rockingham County area. For many youth today, there is a lack of confidence, purpose and vision for their future. This lack of purpose leads to low self-esteem and participation in negative activities which can lead to addiction, mental illness, problems in school and absence of motivation to give outside of oneself. We believe that by giving youth hands on things to do, while promoting each individual's creative talents, it will give them the confidence they need to be prepared and empowered to achieve their goals.
Our programs are offered in partnership with local community members, school districts, coalitions, clubs, subject matter experts and juvenile court systems. These partnerships allow for our youth and families to be connected with current partners in our area. By meeting and working alongside others we can build solid relationships and make a larger impact in our communities together.
Overtime, Austin17House has also found a need for stronger, healthy family units. Our programs for families aim to equip and educate on current matters that impact our youth today including suicide prevention, understanding teen depression, preventing substance misuse and addiction and building resiliency.
We envision a community where our youth and families are confident, strong and equipped to use their gifts to empower others.
Mark Anderson, a Fremont, New Hampshire resident from Belfast, Northern Ireland, has dreamed of opening a community center for years, but his plan was set into motion when his 17-year-old son, Austin, died in a car crash on December 3, 2016. Three months after the tragic loss, Austin17House became a reality organically and was funded by the help of 170 people on GoFundMe who raised $11,000.
Austin17House then earned its status as a non-profit organization in 2018 with the goal of creating a place where youth and adults - from anywhere - can strengthen their identity and develop leadership skills.
My vision was to create a place where youth and adults can be strengthened in their identity, become strong leaders and where they can build and find their dreams. And we've done this through community, building support systems and hope.
AUSTIN17HOUSE IS A 501c3 NON PROFIT
Through community support and fundraising efforts we have been able to provide a safe place for youth and families to enjoy life, provide meals and educational workshops surrounding suicide prevention, mental health and substance prevention for FREE!
When are you ever so blessed to get a blank canvas that has no borders - and are given the opportunity to dream and create something that makes the world a better place for KIDS and adults? I can't express to you how much this place is going to save the world. You can be a part of the dream. I know I want to be.