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Thursday
Apr032014

Stay Work Play NH Adds Program Coordinator 

MANCHESTER – Stay Work Play New Hampshire has hired Shanon Hounshell of Enfield as the organization’s first Program Coordinator.

The Program Coordinator is responsible for growing and strengthening Stay Work Play’s presence throughout the state of New Hampshire by reinforcing existing relationships and cultivating new relationships, specifically with higher education institutions and college students.

Hounshell recently served as an attorney for the City of Dayton, Ohio, before relocating to the Upper Valley. She brings extensive experience in talent attraction and retention initiatives to the position, along with a strong communications background.

“As a new resident to the state I relied on Stay Work Play New Hampshire as a resource and quickly became involved in a volunteer role as one of the organization’s ongoing bloggers,” Hounshell said. “I am excited to grow my commitment and connection to the organization as I use my skills to build upon Stay Work Play’s current successes and assist in taking the organization to the next level,” she added.

Hounshell will begin the role immediately. She joins Kate Luczko who was named Executive Director in 2010. “We are thrilled to have Shanon join the Stay Work Play team and as a new position, it also demonstrates the growth of the organization,” Luczko said. “With a larger team and Shanon’s experience in talent retention, we will be able to have even more of an impact on NH.”

About Stay Work Play: Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, www.stayworkplay.org 

Friday
Mar282014

Stay, Work, and Play NH - Nominations Open for 5th Annual Statewide Rising Stars Awards 

Stay Work Play New Hampshire
http://www.stayworkplay.org
603.860.2245

Stay Work Play is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 statewide Rising Stars Awards. Nominations will be accepted until July 25, 2014.

The Rising Stars Awards are an initiative of Stay Work Play, in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, to celebrate and recognize New Hampshire’s remarkable young workers and college students, initiatives to keep them here, and the businesses and programs that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them.

The Rising Stars Awards include five awards that honor individuals and companies in New Hampshire. The categories include College Student of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Civic Leader of the Year, Coolest Companies for Young Professionals, and Leadership Development Program Award.

  • The College Student of the Year Award honors a New Hampshire college student who is an academic rising star and is giving back to the community.
  • The Young Professional of the Year Award honors an outstanding professional working and living in New Hampshire, between the ages of 18 and 40 who is a rising star in their industry and giving back to their community.
  • The Civic Leader of the Year Award honors an individual who, through their volunteerism, philanthropy, and/or community involvement demonstrates a commitment to civic participation, strengthening their community, and developing personal leadership capacity to make New Hampshire a better place for future generations.
  • The Coolest Companies for Young Professionals Award honors companies in New Hampshire that create environments to attract and retain young professionals.
  • The Leadership Development Program Award honors an innovative program initiated and conducted by a New Hampshire organization. The program must be aimed at a young professional audience in New Hampshire that helps them propel their personal and professional growth

More information about the Rising Stars Awards and nomination forms for the awards can be found at: http://stayworkplay.org/risingstarsawards/

 

About Stay Work Play: Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko, kate@stayworkplay.org(603) 860-2245.

 

About New Hampshire Public Radio:

Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Their mission is to help create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national, and world events, ideas, and culture. NHPR is broadcast from thirteen different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week NHPR is the choice of more than 184,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage. Each day New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by NHPR’s award-winning News Department, locally produced shows such as The Exchange and Word of Mouth, and national and world news from NPR and the BBC. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcast national weekly programs such as Car Talk, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and This American Life.

Friday
Mar212014

Stay, Work, and Play NH - 12th NH Young Professional Network Launched 

New Hampshire now has its 12th young professionals network, the Derry Londonderry Young Professionals Network (DLYPN). DLYPN’s mission is to serve as a mechanism to attract and retain young professional talent to the Greater Derry-Londonderry area through engagement, opportunity and advocacy.

“We’re showing local businesses that there are young people who are driven and want to help enhance their business. We also want to show people that there are businesses out there who want to hire young employees,” said Nicholas del’Etoile, Chairman of DLYPN.

Stay Work Play is pleased to see this addition to the NH young professionals community and to their Young Professionals Network Advisory Board which brings representatives from all twelve of the young professionals networks (YPNs) together monthly to share upcoming events and news, best practices, to allow mentoring from more established groups to those just arriving on the scene, and offer ways to help the YPNs.

“It's great to see additional growth in our YPNs throughout the state those we consider the 'boots on the ground' doing so much to help engage, and thus help retain, our best and brightest in NH," said Stay Work Play Executive Director, Kate Luczko.

DLYPN has established strong local business support as well. “We (at the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce) are extremely excited to have such an energetic group of young business professionals networking and doing business in their own communities. Too often we lose our young talent to neighboring cities and states, but talent retention is an important factor in the economic development of our region. The support we provide to young professionals will not only benefit them in their career growth, but our entire community as we benefit from a greater talent pool at the local level,” said Stacey Bruzzese, Executive Director of Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.

The other eleven, regionally based, young professionals networks include: Catapult (Seacoast), Central New Hampshire (Plymouth), Concord (CYPN), Fusion (Lakes Region), HYPE: Helping Young Professionals Excel (Salem), iUGO (Nashua), Keene, Manchester (MYPN), Mt. Washington Valley (MWVYPN), the Young Professionals of Sullivan County, and Upper Valley (UVYP). Collectively these groups have over 10,000 NH young professional members.

Join Derry Londonderry Young Professionals for their next event on Monday, April 14th from 5:30p-7:30p at 603 Brewery in Londonderry. Details can be found on the DLYPN event page: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/dlypn-5627844061

About Stay Work Play: Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, www.stayworkplay.org 

Wednesday
May292013

Stay Work Play and NH Public Radio Partner for Rising Stars Awards

 


Do you know a stellar college student? How about a cool NH company? An above-and-beyond civic leader? A phenomenal leadership development program? Or an impressive NH young professional? Nominate them for the Rising Stars Awards: http://stayworkplay.org/risingstarsawards/

Manchester — Stay Work Play is pleased to announce a partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio for the annual Rising Stars Awards.

 

“Over the past three years of the Rising Star Awards we have seen great enthusiasm in recognizing fun companies and engaged and motivated young people,” said Stay Work Play Executive Director, Kate Luczko, “And through this partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio we expect to see even broader engagement throughout the state. We want the celebration of the award winners in October to be the go-to event for young workers across NH and the organizations looking to interact with them.”

 

The Rising Stars Awards celebrate New Hampshire’s outstanding young professionals and the companies that support them. In order to remain competitive, New Hampshire needs to retain and attract young rising talent and these awards are a prime way to recognize NH’s students, young workers, and the companies that are working hard to entice them to stay in the state.

 

Betsy Gardella, President and CEO of NHPR stated “Over the past two years NHPR has annually honored an up and coming civic leader through the Next Gen Civic Leadership award presented in collaboration with the NH Charitable Foundation. NHPR has a deep interest in encouraging the growth of future community leaders and the next generation of individuals who will foster social capital and lead a strong New Hampshire into a global world. In this regard our goals mirror those of Stay Work Play and we are thrilled to partner with Stay Work Play on the Rising Stars Awards Event.”

 

The Rising Stars Awards include the College Student of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Civic Leader of the Year, the Coolest Companies for Young Professionals and the Leadership Development Program Award. Winners will be honored at the statewide event on October 7th.

 

More information about The Rising Stars Awards and nomination forms for the awards can be found at: http://stayworkplay.org/risingstarsawards/

 

About Stay Work Play: Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko, kate@stayworkplay.org, (603) 860-2245.

 

About New Hampshire Public Radio:

Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Their mission is to help create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national, and world events, ideas, and culture. NHPR is broadcast from thirteen different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week NHPR is the choice of more than 184,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage. Each day New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by NHPR’s award-winning News Department, locally produced shows such as The Exchange and Word of Mouth, and national and world news from NPR and the BBC. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcast national weekly programs such as Car Talk, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and This American Life.

Thursday
Jan312013

Stay Work Play Provides $8,000 to for NH Student Loan Repayment

 
We love NH grads NH companies do too! Do you? Learn more:http://www.stayworkplay.org/challengegrant/

 

Stay Work Play Provides $8,000 to for NH Student Loan Repayment

Manchester, NH – As a part of Stay Work Play’s Challenge Grant Program, the organization has leveraged $8,000 in grant funds from NH EPSCoR to help pay back New Hampshire student loan debt for employees at Dyn in Manchester, The Echo Group in Conway, and Paragon Digital in Keene.

“When Stay Work Play explained how Echo employees could benefit from the Challenge Grant program, I was thrilled. As a software vendor in NH, we are always trying to be creative in recruitment and retention and staff members who are originally from NH, or have attended college in the state, are excellent potential employees for Echo. The four employees that received the benefit in 2012 were surprised and very grateful for the help toward their college loans. It's a wonderful program that we are proud to participate in.”

New Hampshire is known for providing an excellent college education; however, college graduates in the Granite State are faced with the highest student loan debt (on average) in the country. The Stay Work Play Challenge Grant incentive program helps address this directly by showcasing New Hampshire employers who agree to contribute $8,000 to pay down college loans of newly hired graduates over the first four years of employment.

“We are excited to work with Stay Work Play,” said Zach Luse, Founder of Paragon Digital Marketing, “I believe this new program will be very beneficial to the community and the recent graduates who join our team. Attracting and retaining talented graduates to the area is vital to the continued growth of our business. When graduates choose to stay and work in the area it has countless benefits for the community.”

To remain competitive, businesses and organizations in New Hampshire need to be thinking about preserving our vibrant communities while simultaneously being proactive about recruiting more young professionals. The Stay Work Play Challenge Grant incentive program is open to any company that employs individuals working in New Hampshire in an entry-level position. To be eligible, a student must be a graduate of a New Hampshire college or university within the past 18 months. Incentive awards are phased incrementally over four years totaling $8,000.

For more information or to become a participating organization, visit http://www.stayworkplay.org/challengegrant

Partial support for this program is provided by a grant to NH EPSCoR from the National Science Foundation, award # EPS-1101245. No federal funds are used in the payment of student loans.

 

About Stay Work Play: Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, www.stayworkplay.org

About NH EPSCoR: NH EPSCoR – Linking Education, Research and Economic Development – is supported an award from the National Science Foundation to build capacity in research and education in science, engineering, mathematics and technology necessary for a highly skilled state workforce.  Additional information can be found on the website, nhepscor.org.