Meet the Team
The Faces of the Youth Success Project.
Becca Ivancso | she/her
Becca is the director for the Youth Success Project. She is originally from Connecticut but moved to New Hampshire to attend college at Southern New Hampshire University. She graduated in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Sociology and a minor in creative writing. Becca experienced housing insecurity during college and there were little to no resources available. Becca is passionate about advocacy, community building, and empowering youth to be the catalyst for change.
Madison | she/her
Maddie is a youth leader and founding member of the Youth Success Project (YSP). She holds the “youth with lived experience” voting position on the Balance of State Continuum of Care’s Executive Committee and co-chairs the Youth Subcommittee. She has been an integral part of the YSP’s efforts to carry out and execute the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) grant in the Balance of State. Maddie was born and raised in rural New Hampshire and is leading YSP’s efforts to expand their work into rural parts of the state. She graduated from the NH Coalition to End Homelessness’s Granite Leaders Program in June of 2022. Maddie also serves as the director of the DCYF youth action board and is working to elevate youth voice and lived experience within that system.
Molly Houle | she/her
Molly is the Assistant Director for the Youth Success Project. Molly grew up living below the poverty line in New Hampshire and experienced housing instability at different points throughout her life due to this. She graduated as a first generation college student from UNH with a bachelor's degree in Social Work and Justice Studies and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. Molly is passionate about social justice work and believes in the power of young people to change the world for the better.
Jackson | he/him
Heyo! I’m Jackson, I first experienced homelessness at the age of 6 years old with my family and went to 7 different public schools growing up. In high school I was on the football and wrestling team. After I graduated high school, I unfortunately experienced homelessness again. I was accepted into Waypoint's Transitional Living Program and built my life up from scratch. Now I have support in my personal life, role models to look up to and, most importantly, I found my purpose. I’m looking to end the experience of youth homelessness. It is no child’s fault that they are homeless.
Amethyst | she/her
Amethyst (aməTHəst) is a young person who grew up and lives in the lakes region of New Hampshire. As an 18 month old she survived significant burns that should have killed her and has been defying odds ever since. Ame is a graduate of the cooking program at New Hampshire Job Corps and baking program at Maine Job Corps, an artist, and a strong leader. Her goal is to gain permanent and stable housing and work on growing her own family with her husband.
Ariel Hayes | she/they
Director of Sustainability
Ariel Hayes is the former director of the Youth Success Project (YSP) and guided the organization through a period of major growth. She now works part time overseeing the YSP’s grants and planning for the organization’s long term success, while also pursuing her Masters of Public Health (MPH) at Boston University. Prior to her work with YSP, Ariel served as a case manager and site supervisor at a Runaway and Homeless Youth Program in New Hampshire where she drew upon her own lived experience while advocating for the needs of 18-24 year olds experiencing homelessness. Ariel is passionate about grassroots advocacy work, community building, harm reduction, and child’s rights.
Celene | she/her
Celene is 23 years old and was born and raised in the Nashua area of New Hampshire. She first experienced homelessness while attending university, which caused her to leave college early before completing her bachelor's degree in Women’s Studies. Celene experienced homelessness in the Tri-City area of New Hampshire and is now working on building her community and stability. Celene is passionate about LGBTQ+ rights and representation, enjoys creative writing, and social justice work.
Manni | he/him
Manni is 23 years old and became a member in early 2022 after Stepping Stones Drop-In Center in Nashua told him about the Youth Success Project. Manni has been homeless in the Nashua area for a few years and is hoping to go to college in the Fall!
Former Director, Alumni
Former Director, Alumni