SOAR Youth Group

SOAR, which stands for “Service, Opportunity, Achievement, Resilience”, is a group of RHAM High School students who embrace positivity and strive to make a positive impact among their peers in our school and within the towns of Andover, Hebron and Marlborough communities!

The student committee members decided the focus this year is to provide activities for our middle and high school students that are fun, easily accessible and after school. As in past years, the student committee will continue to implement a variety of campaigns in the schools and community to prevent substance use; utilizing social marketing campaigns to educate students on the harms of drug use, and the consequences. In addition, a fun-filled community service event will be planned which will promote learning project management, leadership and collaboration skills.

The CHEC Coalition invites SOAR Committee Members to attend the Coalition’s monthly meeting to provide an update of prevention activities.

New this year! SOAR Committee Members will partner with the AHM Health Matters program to help run workshops for students in grade school.

Community Service hours will be awarded for active participation in SOAR activities that are involving residents of the RHAM community.

We are looking to grow our group this year! All RHAM Middle School and RHAM High School students are invited to join!

AHM’s Prevention Coordinator:
Jennifer Boehler

Contact: 860-228-9488, x22
Email: JenniferB@ahmyouth.org

SOAR Advisor at RHAM HS
Aly Hoagland, RHAM Guidance Counselor

Contact: (860)228-9474
Email: alysse.hoagland@rhamschools.org

SOAR 2022-2023 Meeting Dates:
All meetings are TBD at RHAM High School Fish Bowl

  • NEW DATES TBD

Join via ZOOM
Meeting ID: 867 8093 9911
Password: 483937
One tap mobile:
Find your local number:
https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdnDyQOJOh

Barnabus the therapy dog & his handler Kobe will be on-site at RHAM High School:

Wednesday, March 23rd

12 – 2 pm

STOP BY AFTER SAT!

Motivational Presentations for Spring 2022!

Each presenter in this series has a unique perspective based on their life experience, being both thought-provoking and powerful. Presentations are after school from 2:30 to 3:30PM, free of charge, and require registration to ensure there is adequate space for all.

Thursday, April 28th – Kris Wright – In Kris’ own words. “Come meet a Professional Troublemaker:  Kris Wraight, is a 41 year-old, queer, non-binary restorative justice trainer, an aspiring ally in the fight against racism, mom, wife, and community activist in New London. Come hear their story, and share some of your own!” 

For twelve years Kris worked as a Violence Prevention Educator and the Director of Prevention Education at Safe Futures. Her team trained over 5,000 students in some 30+ elementary, middle, and high schools around New London County.

Her curriculum supports students to develop the social and emotional skills necessary to communicate one’s feelings assertively, while also responding to others with empathy.

For more information about Kris visit https://www.kriswraight.com/.

Thursday, May 12 – Ian Hockley –  Ian created Dylan’s Wings of Change Foundation, dedicated to his son’s memory with a mission to inspire empathy, courage & hope. Ian will speak with our students about the power of empathetic leadership and countering this epidemic of social isolation. His son was one of victim’s at Sandy Hook.

About Ian Hockley – When IBM relocated the Hockley family from England to Connecticut in the winter of 2011 it was the realization of a family dream. Ian had visited the United States regularly since childhood, Nicole was from Rhode Island, and eldest son Jake was born on the 4th of July. In many ways they were coming home.

They moved to the idyllic town of Sandy Hook which Ian selected after touring the beautiful neighborhoods and meeting the staff at the elementary school, knowing his younger son Dylan would get a fantastic start there as they made their new life. This bright beginning came to a crashing end on December 14, 2012 when 6-year old Dylan was killed in the Sandy Hook mass shootings alongside 19 of his fellow students and six educators.

Ian created Dylan’s Wings of Change, dedicated to his son’s memory with a mission to inspire empathy, courage & hope. everywhere. Working with experts the foundation created Wingman, a universal program of experiential learning activities that foster deeper conversations, stronger bonds and more connected communities.

Ian appears in The Courageous Life Podcast Ep51: Empathy: An antidote for our time

Dylan’s Wings of Change on the web: https://dylanswingsofchange.org/

 

January 19th Event!

January 19, 2022, Hebron CT

The AHM SOAR Youth Group hosted Stephen Schirra, founder of Around the Worlds non-profit who shared his inspirational journey to his non-profit’s inception and the wonderful experience of sharing the game of soccer with children around the globe.

RHAM Middle School and High School students decorated soccer balls with positive affirmations that will be brought to Stephen’s soccer clinics around the world.

To follow Stephen please visit www.aroundtheworlds.org where you will find blogs from his travels.

View videos from the event below!