Granite Leaders

Granite Leaders

The Granite Leader Program builds leadership skills within the community of people who have lived experience as formerly homeless, increasing their capacity to take on influential roles on issues pertinent to their lives. Through a free educational program in New Hampshire, selected participants learn specific skills and interact with widely recognized leaders on the local, state, and national levels. Upon completion of the program, graduates become part of a network of skilled leaders focused on improving the quality of life in communities across New Hampshire.

Topics include legislative process, advocacy skills, media and communications and how to participate how to be engaged on a Board or Council/Coalition level of involvement. Granite Leader graduates join a network of Granite Leader Alumni to continue to collaborate, share opportunities, and engage with peers for best advocacy impact.

Apply for the 2024 Granite Leaders Cohort – Application Deadline: May 17, 2024


2024 Granite Leaders Program Flyer

2024 Granite Leaders Program Application

The Impact

A few Granite Leaders are key stakeholders in the development and implementation of the New Hampshire Youth Success Board to address youth and young adult homelessness in the state.

Two Granite Leaders are members of the New Hampshire Council on Housing Stability representing people with lived experience.

  • One Granite Leader was an in-studio guest on NH Public Radio’s featured show, The Exchange, discussing how his experience with homelessness impacted his life.
  • Some Granite leaders have testified at NH Legislative hearings.
  • Other Granite Leaders have been panelists at national and local conferences for educating a variety of providers and stakeholders.
  • One Granite Leader utilized a national blog forum to sharing her experiences with homelessness to raise awareness.
  • Granite Leaders represent and volunteer on multiple non-profit boards and committees.
  • Granite Leaders join the NH Coalition to End Homelessness at countless trainings at universities, housing summits, and community forums to raise awareness of homelessness in our communities.