YMNH Team Members
Hannah Raiche, (Program Director & Youth Peer Support Specialist Supervisor) is a youth advocate with lived experience in the mental health system who is now working in the field of youth empowerment and engagement. Hannah’s lived experiences dealing with mental health struggles have made her into a passionate youth advocate and leader who is dedicated to ensuring that young people have access to the resources that they need to be empowered, healthy, and successful individuals. Hannah has years of experience advocating at the local, state, and national level for youth-driven systems change and redevelopment in order to better ensure that all young people are prepared to reach their fullest potential for positive outcomes and a successful future. Hannah’s work with Youth MOVE New Hampshire’s youth movement has given her experience in understanding and managing System of Care grant deliverables related to youth engagement, provided her the opportunity to gather youth perspectives and to share and infuse this collective youth voice at state level policy and planning committees related to children’s behavioral health, and has enhanced her skills in providing formal and informal support to other youth with lived experience.
Haley Heinrich, (Youth Peer Support Specialist & Coach) was the first to pilot the youth peer support specialist role within the Wraparound System of Care in New Hampshire. Haley has lived experience in the mental health system and also has a great deal of experience working with youth who have been involved in the mental health system. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology, which furthered her knowledge about mental health. Haley has always been passionate about helping others, especially those struggling with their mental health, so she is well suited for this unique role in the mental health field. As a youth who felt she could have benefited from access to youth peer support herself, she gladly accepted this role because the core values of the position exemplified what she feels many youth could benefit from. Haley sees the importance in the values of youth peer support and especially in helping advocate for youth needs, youth voice, building resilience, having relatable experiences, and fostering hope for the future. In the youth peer support role Haley has seen the many positive outcomes in the youth receiving peer support, especially in their overall self-efficacy. Haley hopes to see the youth peer support program grow, and to have others recognize its importance and value. She feels that a strong emphasis on lived experience and the need for youth voice is key, as they are the experts of their own lives and offer crucial information necessary for successful mental health policy changes. Haley also wishes to see some of the youth who have received peer support potentially step into a peer support role, or another role that provides them an opportunity to use their lived-experience and advocacy skills to empower other young people.
Lauren Ainsley, (Youth Peer Support Specialist YPSS) joined the Youth M.O.V.E. NH team in September of 2019. Lauren has lived experience in the foster care system, residential placement and other mental health struggles. Lauren feels that if she had a youth peer support during her time of need that it would've helped to talk to someone that understood because youth peer supports have their own lived experience and are closer in age, and may have been better at relating and understanding her more than most of the people she worked with could have. So if one positive can come from all the negative times in Lauren’s life she is glad to be able to use her knowledge/strengths to help others in similar situations. Lauren was very excited to join the Youth M.O.V.E. NH team! Her lived experience in various youth-serving systems makes her well suited for this unique role in the Wraparound process, because she’s faced many similar challenges as the youth she works with are also facing and can help inspire hope in their own lives. Through her work, Lauren sees the importance of highlighting youth strengths, building resilience, allowing youth to share their voice, and fostering hope for the future! Lauren has been able to see, first hand, many positive outcomes relating to youth having access to youth peer support services. Lauren hopes to see Youth M.O.V.E. NH continues to grow and continues to make changes in youth & families lives!
Gibson Agonis, (Youth Peer Support Specialist YPSS) joined the Youth M.O.V.E. NH team in November of 2019. Gibson has lived experience in the foster care, residential placement, and mental health youth serving systems and has been a strong advocate for youth through her past partnerships with the Youth Advisory Board and New England Youth Coalition. Gibson has always been very passionate about working with people in the human services field and was very excited to join the Youth M.O.V.E. NH team! Her lived experience in various youth serving systems makes her well suited for this unique role in the Wraparound process, because she’s faced many similar challenges as the youth she works with are also facing and can help inspire hope in their own lives. Gibson has always been very passionate about working with people in the human services field and as someone who feels she could have benefited from receiving youth peer support services, she was very excited to join our team! Through her work, Gibson sees the importance of highlighting youth strengths, building resilience, allowing youth to share their voice, and fostering hope for the future! Gibson had been able to see, first hand, many positive outcomes relating to youth having access to youth peer support services. Gibson feels that the youth’s voice is key in their own success because no one knows them better than themselves and they’re the writers of their own story! Gibson hopes to see Youth M.O.V.E. NH continue to grow and hopes to further her own education so she may advance further into the human services field.
Brittney Swanson, (Youth Peer Support Specialist YPSS) is a youth advocate and a Youth Peer Support Specialist (YPSS) with her own lived-experiences in dealing with mental health challenges. Currently, she uses those lived-experiences to help other young people who may be experiencing challenges of their own. As a youth who could have benefited from the access to Youth Peer Support herself, she finds real value in the role of Youth Peer Support Specialists who work within wraparound services to help young people identify and achieve actionable goals to create better, healthier outcomes for their future. As a YPSS, Brittney helps young people become more effective self-advocates for their own needs and wellness plans, supports resilience building, strategically shares her own relatable lived-experiences, and fosters a sense of hope that things can and will get better in the future. Her hobbies/interests include spending time with her son and family, caring for animals, and volunteering on her local fire department.
Julianna Chrostowski, (Youth Peer Support Specialist YPSS) joined Youth MOVE New Hampshire’s team in July of 2019, and works in the southern and central region of NH. Julianna is someone who has endured the ups and downs of mental health and takes pride in being able to share her experiences as a way to offer hope and proof that with time, help, and effort mental health challenges can be coped with and resiliency can be achieved. She demonstrates an understanding of the core values of peer support and feels fortunate to contribute to her youths’ successes and personal growths. A performance goal she has is to guide her youth in progressing towards self-advocacy, emotional regulation, productive communications, effective problem solving, healthy interactions, meaningful interpersonal relationship, independence, and a desirable wellness and wellbeing. Julianna’s individual practice is one that is authentic, provides a safe and trusting space, and allows for empowering opportunities for youth. She hopes to remain a part of Youth MOVE New Hampshire’s team and continue to strive as a Youth Peer Support Specialist.
Dylan Rowen, (Youth Peer Support Specialist YPSS) has extensive experience working with youth of all ages. He follows and practices the Wraparound model for Youth M.O.V.E. NH and strives as an active trained Recovery Coach. Dylan provides direct support by using his lived experiences and his strengths to aid youth in finding their voice, strengths and supports in community-based settings. Dylan works as a member of a diverse collective in order to unite the voices of youth all while raising awareness around youth issues. He helps youth prepare for life through genuine opportunities and authentic youth involvement. He strongly believes in encouraging youth to strive to utilize their power and their expertise to foster their own change as well as change in their community. Dylan enjoys the outdoors with his dog, listening to music, playing sports such as; baseball, basketball and softball. He also likes to crack jokes. What do you call birds who stick together? Vel-Crows.
Aidan Abate (YPSS) joined the Youth MOVE New Hampshire team in January 2020, and brings with him his lived experience, and knowledge of the healthcare field as a whole. He hopes to obtain a degree in Healthcare Administration, and use that degree to continue his work in human services in order to support the community in the rapidly growing field of mental health. Aidan has volunteered in the mental health field from ages 14-16, and has worked in the healthcare field since he was 16 years old, when he chose to obtain his license as an LNA. In his personal time, Aidan enjoys spending free time playing games such as DnD, Call of Duty, as well as getting into the outdoors and hiking (preferably with his family's Rottweiler "Zeus"). Aidan also has a thorough appreciation of the popular TV show "The Office" having seen it over a dozen times.