The following is from Seacoast Online Article – 09/28/2022
“Foundation for Seacoast Health supports the Seacoast with three new community grants
PORTSMOUTH — Arts in Reach has been selected as the first recipient of the Terry Morton Award for At-Risk Youth. The $25,000 grant will fund a pilot project to provide mental health support to participants of the AIR core arts and mentoring programs. Services will be provided through a partnership with Greater Seacoast Mental Health to help youth develop social and emotional strategies to manage the stressors they face in their daily lives. AIR empowers teenage girls and gender expansive youth ages 11 to 22 through an inclusive, creative community.
As a founder of the Foundation for Seacoast Health, Terry Morton was passionate about serving the needs and wellbeing of seacoast area youth. He understood the value of building resiliency in teens and the importance of supportive adults and mentors in their lives. Terry was dedicated to efforts to provide young people with opportunities to reach their full potential and enter early adulthood with the skills, self-esteem, and confidence they need to make sound decisions and healthy life choices. This award will be given annually to support his dedication to helping young people in need.
The Foundation for Seacoast Health Trustees have also approved two convening grants to support the community. These grants, awarded to Pinetree Institute, will be used to assist with convening and facilitating the Seacoast Coordinated Response to Substance Use Disorder and the Greater Portsmouth Youth Wellness Coalition. A $30,000 one-year grant will support the continued work of the Coordinated Response coalition with the goal of leading the Portsmouth community to its vision of becoming a Recovery Ready Community. “