The Teen Project

The Appalachian Mountain Teen Project works collaboratively with youth, parents, and educators to strengthen self-esteem, foster resilience, enrich opportunities, and develop stable, secure relationships in the lives of young people who face difficult life circumstances.

“AMTP changed the way I think about myself. I know that all opinions matter and so do I!”

“This life is so full thanks to AMTP. Without AMTP I could never have glimpsed what I could be but, now that I have, there is no stopping me!”

~AMTP student comments

Project Objectives:

  • Provide stable adult relationships in the lives of young people
  • Build up self-confidence, and social and emotional competency through outdoors adventure experiences
  • Provide youth with leadership opportunities within their communities
  • Support youth in pursuit of their post-secondary goals
  • Practice advocacy across systems, encouraging youth voice within in their family and community


Project Strategies:


Weekly one-on-one sessions with a professional staff mentor

By building a long-term, trusting relationship with a committed adult, teens develop self-understanding and learn to advocate for themselves and resolve conflicts non-violently.

Adventure and Service

One-day and extended-day outdoor and service learning trips with a small group of peers

While canoeing, rock climbing, hiking, and snow shoeing, teens forge friendships and build self-confidence by mastering new social and physical skills.

Youth Leadership

Pathways to Leadership and the AMTP Youth Leadership Council (AYLC)

Pathways to Leadership: AMTP youth who want to develop deeper physical and emotional skills can participate in the Pathways to Leadership Program. These youth enroll in one of two pathways: Outdoor Leadership or Service Learning, and engage in progressive skill- and confidence building over a nine month period with a small group of committed peers.

AMTP Youth Leadership Council (AYLC): AMTP participants who want to become leaders within AMTP can join the AYLC. The AYLC supports program development and fundraising, spearheads program and community projects, and is the “voice” of AMTP. The AYLC meets monthly, and engages in project planning, leadership training, and peer-to-peer mentorship.

Future Exploration

Group sessions and trips that focus on higher education and career possibilities

College trips, family college nights, and job shadowing offer essential skills and foster hope and determination to pursue meaningful future opportunities. For AMTP youth in their junior and senior years, AMTP provides support as they consider what they want their future to look like and determine how to manifest it.

Communication & Advocacy

Close contact with families and schools, and advocacy across systems

Through home visits, school meetings, and connecting youth and families to additional community resources, AMTP partners with teens, families and other organizations to help participants understand, navigate, and change the systems in their lives.

Geographic Area: Belknap County (Alton, Barnstead, Gilford, Laconia), Carroll County (Brookfield, Effingham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro, New Durham, Wakefield)