December 2009 – City Year New Hampshire has appointed David Van Patten of Dare Mighty Things to its Board of Directors. City Year, a member of AmeriCorps, unites a diverse corps of young adults, ages 17 to 24, for a year of full-time service. Corps members mentor and tutor at-risk middle school students, lead after-school and Saturday service learning programs, and partner with business and community leaders to organize transformative physical service projects.
City Year NH Board of Directors Chair, Ken Clark, said “I have known Dave for several years, and found him to be an exceptional leader. He is a proponent of the same values that City Year stands for, and is ready to make City Year NH even stronger.” As president and CEO of Dare Mighty Things, David Van Patten fosters relationships with key stakeholders and oversees all phases of large-scale social initiatives for vulnerable populations. His expertise has been instrumental in the development of dozens of programs impacting hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children and adults in nearly every American state as well as several countries. As a result, Van Patten has received national accolades for program innovations in mentoring high-risk populations, prisoner rehabilitation, new venture creation and building faith-based organizations.
Van Patten received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the United States coast Guard Academy, and earned his Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has authored numerous reports, articles, and books, and has lectured at Harvard, Princeton, and other universities in social entrepreneurship, not-for-profit management, and volunteer management. Van Patten founded Dare Mighty Things in Portsmouth, NH in 1991 to help public sector entrepreneurs launch large scale social programs that impact high risk populations.
This press release appeared in several NH newspapers.