New Hampshire School Administrators Association
SERESC SmartEDU, Inc.    March 28, 2017  
2016 North Country Region Champion for Children

Sean O'Brien
Sean O'Brien
Sean O'Brien is the executive director of Adapt, a non-profit organization whose goal is to coordinate and administer alcohol, tobacco, and other substance abuse prevention, intervention, and after care programs that address the needs of youth ages 5 to 21. Sean's efforts concentrate on youth leadership and healthy lifestyles as an alternative to using alcohol, tobacco, or other substances.

Sean was also instrumental in developing the North Country Prevention Youth Council, which has evolved into North Country Youth Leadership Through Adventure (YLTA). YLTA is made up of students from 10 North Country high schools who meet several times a month to discuss local and regional efforts for prevention of substance abuse among high school students. Many who have participated in YLTA will tell you it has changed their life. In the summer, Sean leads and coordinates Wilderness Youth Leadership Development (WYLD), an immersion adventure program for youth  generally at risk  to experience outdoor activities structured to foster team building and development of leadership styles.

In addition, Sean works closely with the Profile School administration to create, direct, and implement initiatives designed to enhance the climate and culture of the school and community. Such initiatives include service-learning opportunities like working at local farms or food pantries, elementary school mentorships, Best Buddies, and more.

Lori Langlois, executive director of North Country Education Services (NCES), sums it up nicely, "Not only does Sean have a terrific rapport with students, what impresses me the most is the way he empowers students to be leaders. He fosters a real sense of students helping themselves grow, as well as instilling how students can play a role in promoting positive decision making for their peers and the greater community. His commitment and efforts to instill life-long healthy lifestyle behaviors in youth make him a true Champion for Children."

NHSAA Awards
  • 2017 Superintendent of the Year
    Kathleen Murphy

  • NHSAA 2016 Outstanding Service Award
    Mrs. Barbara Hopkins

  • The 2016 Champions for Children - Regional Winners

  • Statewide Winner and 2016 Lakes Region Champion for Children
    Leslie Dion

  • 2016 North Country Region Champion for Children
    Sean O'Brien

  • 2016 South Central Region Champions for Children
    Chris & Laura Peterson

  • 2016 South East Region Champion for Children
    Lucy Cushman

  • 2016 South West Region Champion for Children
    Michael Morrison

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