2017-18 Community Partners

 Across the country, high schools have learned when they reach out to and work with the community they are more effective in increasing the number of college FAFSA applications and increasing the likelihood of postsecondary access. In 2016, when we wrote  the grant  application, we talked with many community partners who are already helping students and others who want to help more students and their families with the FAFSA and other applications to support and increase postsecondary access here in Manchester.


Boys and Girls Club of Manchester

Catherine Burnes, individual teen services director. Facilitating 500 Degrees, a college access program, open to all Manchester high school seniors, from 10 to 2 on Saturdays. 

Manchester School District

High school guidance counselors.


Allie Joseph, executive director.

Saint Anselm College Meelia Center for Community Engagement, Access Academy

Dan Forbes, director, will recruit Saint Anselm student volunteers to assist Manchester students with FAFSA and college applications

The organizations have agreed to partner in the implementation of this project.  We will work together and coordinate   resources to extend services to reach more students. If you would like to partner with us, please contact us.



Breakthrough Manchester at the Derryfield School

Becky Berk, runs a program for promising middle school students whose opportunities are limited, many will be first-generation college attendees.

Center for Community and Engaged Learning, SNHU

Elizabeth Richards, director, partners with the community to increase college access.

Downtown Manchester YMCA

Leslee Stewart, partners with MSD on a variety of projects to support underserved learners in Manchester.

Granite United Way BRING-IT!

Jodi Harper, runs an afterschool program for students in Grades 4-12. Targets the underserved.

Granite United Way VITA (volunteer income tax assistance),

Cary Gladstone, director, assists low-income families with income tax preparation.

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Mike Skelton, CEO

Holy Cross Family Learning Center

Sr. Jacqueline Verville, executive director, provides continuing; responding to the needs of Manchester’s growing immigrant population. Will use its resources to help spread the word to families served..

Manchester City Library

Dee Santoso, librarian, have FAFSA applications available and they have helped students and families with applications.

Manchester Community College

Susan Huard, president; offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs, student-centered, and accessible community college. 

Kim Keegan, vice president of Students and Community Development.

NH Catholic Charities

Mary Ann Fraser, community partner that supports students in IDAs (individual development account) for college access. When the IDA application is approved, the student has 31 days to put $500 into an account where it will be matched 8:1 for tuition in the following semester. Students can use IDA accounts to attend postsecondary education at an institution accredited by the US Government.

NH Higher Education Assistance Foundation

Tori Berube, assists students in college access

NH Institute of Art

Kent Devereaux, president; Karen Mayeu, chairperson design, is facilitating the ManchFAF$A logo contest.


Katie Dichard, director, runs school-to-work program at Memorial and West High Schools. Working with targeted demographic.

Saint Anselm College Meelia Center for Community Engagement, Access Academy

Dan Forbes, director; on the Saint Anselm College campus for immigrant, refugee, and underrepresented high school students, designed to help students gain skills for high school success and information and support for college access.

University of New Hampshire, Educational Talent Search

Debora McCann, prepares academically qualified limited income, first generation NH youth to complete secondary school and enroll in and complete a program of postsecondary education.