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The New Hampshire Children’s Trust’s 10th Annual Strengthening Families Summit: The Power of Stories

Concord, NH – This year’s Summit, set for Sept. 22, from 8-3:30 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, will conduct a deep dive into a vitally essential element for communicating family strength: storytelling.

Grounded in the Strengthening Families Framework, we will look at how stories can move, heal, and broaden our perspectives, and often lead to positive changes in our collective world. One personal story can often influence decision-makers more powerfully than legions of protesters.

We will spend the day looking at how stories promote protective factors, explore the collection and dissemination of anecdotes, and consider how the power of stories can be harnessed to strengthen families and build stronger communities throughout the Granite State.

Ann Garvin

Designed to be an engaging in-person experience that will convene parent leaders, practitioners, and community members engaged in family support and strengthening efforts throughout New Hampshire, the day will begin with a presentation from the dynamic Ann Garvin!

The USA Today bestselling author of I Thought You Said This Would Work (released May 2021), I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around, The Dog Year, and On Maggie’s Watch, Ann worked as an RN and after receiving her Ph.D. taught exercise physiology, sport psychology nutrition, stress management, and global health for 30 years in the University of Wisconsin system. She currently teaches creative writing at Drexel University and is the founder of the multiple award-winning Tall Poppy Writers.

Following Ann’s keynote address, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a series of seminars and workshops that will focus on storytelling initiatives that can be used to augment the voices of parents, caregivers, children, and youth, throughout the state. They will also get the chance to learn about the multiple facets involved in collecting, disseminating, and crafting stories that honor the teller of the tale, and the story itself.

Summit participants will have an opportunity throughout the day to network with one another and recharge and recommit to this important work!

For more information about the New Hampshire Children’s Trust, please visit

About New Hampshire Children’s Trust New Hampshire Children’s Trust ensures parents have access to high-quality resources and support to help children develop the skills they need to thrive. We educate direct-service professionals, advocate for better policies to support parents, and connect with local agencies to strengthen families and lay the foundation for children's success. The mission of NHCT is to lead the drive to ensure safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments for children by educating, advocating, and collaborating.

Press Release Contact: Paul Fleming Communications Manager

(603) 415-0321



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