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Meet the April Credit-Bearing Team

Durham, New Hampshire, April 22nd-29th

These seven young people are participating in our Credit-Bearing Program with a concentration on Writing and Art. They are coming from across the state of New Hampshire. Their FFI journey will help them develop their communication, empathetic debating, and public speaking skills. At the end of their program, they will be eligible for 2 credits transferable to their high school. 

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Credit-Bearing Team: About Us
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Age: 15

Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, gymnastics, walking the dog, reading, playing cards, cooking

If she were an animal: Jaguar

If she were a plant: Kelp

Favorite Book: Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Favorite Quote: "Moments of joy, too many to mention"- Eileen Hession

Issues she is passionate about: Polarizing Ideas/ lack of ability to communicate and overall lack of confidence. 

Envisionment as a Leader: “When I picture myself as a leader it means to me taking in input from others and making and executing a plan of action, as well as taking into account all aspects of who and what will be affected by any decisions made.”


Age: 15

Hobbies: Softball, painting, knitting, sculpting, chess, and band. 

If she were an animal: Pigeon

If she were a plant: Strawberry

Favorite Book: Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Favorite Quote: "Take a deep breath and remember who you are."

Issues she is passionate about: Communication in schools regarding school events and a national loss of empathy. 

Envisionment as a Leader: “I imagine myself speaking to people with the intention to inspire and to bring people together.”

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Name: Eva

Age: 16

Hobbies: Reading, baking, running

If she were an animal: Dolphin

If she were a plant: Rhododendron

Favorite Book: “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

Favorite Quote: "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor" - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Issues she is passionate about: Littering and inclusion on athletic teams. 

Envisionment as a Leader: “When I imagine myself as a leader I see myself helping people with all sorts of things, from reaching their goals to everyday tasks.”


Name: Francie

Age: 15

Hobbies: Reading, designing houses, running, and photography.

If she were an animal: Fish

If she were a plant: Weeping willow

Favorite Book: the Cranberry Bog Series

Favorite Quote: “You can either experience the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The choice is yours.” —Unknown

Issues she is passionate about: Funding for mill towns and the Environment/ Impacts of Climate Change

Envisionment as a Leader: “Being the lead in the musical theater dance at my studio is the first leadership scenario that comes to mind. As the lead you are the role model for the other dancers in the group and are responsible for helping out everyone.”

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Name: Jenny

Age: 16

Hobbies: Tennis and karate

If she were an animal: Bald eagle

If she were a plant: Olive tree

Favorite Book: Alanna by Tamora Pierce

Favorite Quote: “Nothing is impossible”

Issues she is passionate about: Lack of diversity awareness and income inequality. 

Envisionment as a Leader: “I imagine treating everyone equally and well. But I would not be a leader unless I know what it is like to be in the roles of the people below the leader. Everyone would be happy and people would not fight. It would be inclusive and everyone would get a chance to speak their mind.” 


Name: Liam

Age: 16

Hobbies: Reading, cooking, playing golf, baseball, playing the African djembe and shekere, going to museums, and volunteering.

If he were an animal: Addax

If he were a plant: Strawberry

Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Favorite Quote: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” - Walt Disney

Issues he is passionate about: Drug use amongst youth and Bullying 

Envisionment as a Leader: “I imagine myself delegating tasks and responsibilities, but also being involved in the work of those that I am leading.”

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Name: Summer Hayes

Age: 15

Hobbies: Running, playing badminton, going for walks, and biking

If she were an animal: Butterfly

If she were a plant: Venus fly trap

Favorite Book: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Favorite Quote: “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”- Dead Poets Society

Issues she is passionate about: Bullying in schools and kids using nicotine. 

Envisionment as a Leader: “I imagine myself in front of a bunch of people telling them what to do. Kind of like a teacher role.”

Credit-Bearing Team: Meet the Team

Logistical Information

Program Focus

Creativity, self expression, and writing skills

Number of Participants


Number of Leaders

3 (includes FFI Staff and Alumni)

Ages of Students


Team Interests

Art, music, sports, reading

Dietary Restrictions

Plant-based (Vegan)




15-Passenger Van

Credit-Bearing Team: List

Provide a Scholarship

In order for FFI to make these programs 100% tuition-free for accepted applicants, we rely upon individuals, companies, and foundations to donate towards scholarships. If you would like to do so, please click the button below for an online gift or mail a check to our Headquarters at 1 Morgan Way, Durham, NH 03824. Please be sure to include a note directing your funds.

One full scholarship equals $3,000, but gifts of all sizes make an impact on the lives of the youth participants.

Credit-Bearing Team: About Us
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