Young Adults – Finances

In the young adult survey, young people like yourself talked about concerns with the high cost of living, the low wages, and the cost of education in NH. You want to explore interests in education and work, but that can feel hard to do when you are worried about the cost of education and choosing a job that will pay the bills and the rent.

You are not the only ones concerned about these factors. The folks at Stay, Work, Play NH are too. They have built a robust website for all things related to staying, living and playing as a young adult in NH. They are actively advocating for affordable housing, liveable wages, and affordable education in the state of New Hampshire. You can get involved and have your voice heard about exact issues you are struggling with. You can be the change.

In addition to advocacy, Stay, Work, Play NH hosts job fairs, has links to help with job searches, offers resources on recreation and adventure and helps put together young professionals groups around the state that bring young people together to network, build knowledge and skills that will help them develop in the workforce.
 

Living in NH

Setting down roots and finding your first apartment or buying your first home is a huge right of passage for young adults, but the high cost of housing and lack of affordable housing has delayed that choice for many people. With a little planning and help, it might not be out of reach. The resources below can help you find an affordable place to rent today or plan for home ownership in the future.

Ahead – Helping residents find affordable rentals and prepare for homeownership in the North Country. They manage over 500 units of affordable rentals and offer education and counseling for interested home buyers or those trying to avoid foreclosure.

New Hampshire Housing – To learn how to prepare for the big purchase. They offer a number of different homeownership programs including home buyers education classes to help make home ownership more affordable.

Stay, Work, Play NH – Whether renting or buying a place, find resources that fit your budget and other criteria.

Learning and working in NH

Building the foundation for a career with meaningful job experience is an important task as a young adult. These resources can assist you with developing a plan that fits your innate talents, budget and personal circumstances.

Community College System of NH – Whether you are looking to get a 2-year degree or business training, the Community College System of NH has a little something for everyone with affordable tuition, certificate programs, apprentice opportunities and other pathways to launch your career.

The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation Network – Find help and resources planning and paying for college. Attend one of their many workshops to understand how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and ways to pay for your education.

Loan Forgiveness Resources – Many young adults face high monthly payments for their student loan debt. Find out if you are eligible to have your student loans forgiven.

FedLoan Servicing – Explore resources and services to help you repay your student loans successfully.

Stay, Work, Play NH – Resources for exploring careers and educational opportunities.

College isn’t the only pathway to launch your career.

You might be wondering…how do you become a professional or skilled in a trade when the cost of education is like it is in NH? What other pathways exist to develop a career? Explore these resources to prepare and explore satisfying and sustainable careers.

ApprenticeshipNH – Registered apprenticeship is a way for everyone to access affordable education and the opportunity to earn while you learn. That means that if you’re looking for a new career, an apprenticeship is a great way to explore something new. It also means that if you are not currently working (but want to be) or have limited education or experience, an apprenticeship is your chance to get the skills you need to land a new job or that supervisor position you’ve been thinking about. Find help finding a registered apprenticeship program in NH that meets your career interests in a variety of fields such as: advanced manufacturing, healthcare, construction & infrastructure, hospitality, biomedical tech, business & finance, automotive tech and IT.

WorkReadyNH – If you are looking for an edge, and want to build skills, confidence and your career, WorkReadyNH is a practical, tuition-free program designed to meet the needs of job seekers and career builders by providing training in specific skills that employers are looking for in their current and future employees.

NH Job Corps Center – If you are looking for an opportunity away from home with a campus life experience, then check out the NH Job Corps Center – a tuition-free training and education program that connects eligible young people between 16 – 24 years of age with critical skills and educational opportunities needed to establish and succeed in real careers.

NH Employment Security – If you are not sure of your skills, abilities and interests, visit NH Employment Security to explore a host of resources to help you learn about different jobs, occupations and careers.

NH Bureau of Adult Education – If you need to finish your high school degree first or bone up on basic skills because it’s been a while since you were in the classroom, check out the NH Bureau of Adult Education. They offer several options around the state to improve your basic skills in reading, writing and math, complete your adult high school diploma, improve speaking, listening, reading and writing in English, prepare and test for the NH High School Equivalency Certificate and prepare for the citizenship program.

Living, learning, and thriving in NH

State, local, non profit and community organizations have opportunities and resources to offer to support you in achieving your goals. From taking care of your physical and mental health to buying your first home, you have support. Explore these three areas for resources to help support the unique challenges facing young adults.

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Finances

You want to explore interests in education and work, but that can feel hard to do when you are worried about the cost of education and choosing a job that will pay the bills and the rent.
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Connection

You are not alone in feeling alone. Discover resources for connection to the community and social support; to appreciate the natural environment and activities beyond; and to find your political voice.
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Mental Health and Substance Use

Everyone feels anxious and stressed from time to time. But there’s always hope and actions you can take to feel better. Find young adult resources for coping, self-care and mental health.
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