We all know that it takes a lot of work to earn a paycheck. The same is true for the boys of Mayhew – a year-round, tuition-free program challenging and helping at-risk New Hampshire boys to believe in themselves, work well with others, and find their best.
During the summer program on Newfound Lake’s Mayhew Island, the boys earn Mayhew Money through daily work hours, jobs that need doing to keep the island humming. The boys are paid according to how hard they work and how well they work with others. They can then spend their money in the Mayhew Market, which is where they can also contribute to that summer’s charity. All we do is explain what the charity is about. It’s then up to the boys whether they contribute or not; it’s their money after all.
This is the eleventh year the boys have had the option of donating to a pre-selected New Hampshire charity; no pressure, just an option. Some of the past charities have included: NH Special Olympics, CASA of NH, Waypoint (formerly Child and Family Services) and many others. Through the years, over half of the boys have chosen to donate and some have chosen to donate all their work hour earnings! Yet another inspiring example of the boys leading the way!