The New Hampshire Migrant Education Program (NH MEP) addresses the unique educational barriers faced by migrant workers and their families in the state. Migrant students are some of the most disadvantaged children and youth nationwide. Many are out-of-school, and those in school are often at risk of failing or dropping out due to frequent moves, cultural differences, and language barriers. In fact, research shows that each change in school can set back a child or youth’s education by four to six months. For out-of-school youth, they may face additional problems such as social isolation, lack of knowledge of resources, or incomplete schooling.
The NH MEP is authorized and funded by Title I, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002. The purpose of our program is to ensure that migrant students have equal opportunity to reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or complete a GED). Our goal is to prepare these students for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment. We do this by identifying and providing supplementary educational services to eligible migrant children and youth in the state of New Hampshire. Additionally, the NH MEP ensures that migrant children and youth who move across district and state lines are not unfairly penalized by disparities in curriculum, graduation requirements, or overall academic content and achievement standards.
The NH MEP serves approximately 150 migrant students annually. These students come from the United States as well as countries like Mexico, Nepal, and Guatemala. In order to be eligible for services, students must be between 3 and 21 years old, and not yet earned a high school diploma or GED. The NH MEP serves eligible out-of-school youth, and the children of families that have moved to obtain seasonal or temporary employment in the agriculture or fishing industries.
It is important to note that migrant does not necessarily mean immigrant. While the NH MEP primarily serves migrant students from Latin America, any child or youth may be a migrant student independent of their nationality, ethnicity, or race. This includes families that have lived in the United States, or even New Hampshire, for generations.
Please visit the Eligibility section for more information about our students.
The NH MEP serves on average 150 students annually from over 14 countries, including the United States. Our qualified staff members identify eligible students and confirm the eligibility of referrals through a home visit. Once eligibility is determined, our staff will assess the family’s needs and connect students with individualized supplemental services.
Services can include one-on-one tutoring at a student’s home or local school, referrals to service providers, and assistance with school supplies. For out-of-school youth we provide tutoring in skills necessary for future success, such as goal setting, GED preparation, English as a Second Language, and personal finance. Services are designed by our staff and qualified volunteers to bridge specific gaps in learning and academic opportunity.
Please visit the Services section for more information.
Help with our mission to assist migrant children and youth to succeed academically. We need the help of community members for referrals or to become involved in our volunteer tutor program.
Please refer any families, children, or youth you think may be eligible to us as soon as possible. Please note that referrals are safe and confidential, and services are provided independent of nationality or legal status.
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