Raymond Coalition for Youth brings community resources and partners together to help youth reach their potential. We work to empower youth and make our community a safer and healthier place. From community education, to our diverse community partners, programs and family fun events, Raymond Coalition for Youth has something for everyone.

Raymond Coalition for Youth brings positive choices full circle and you can help us by becoming a donor, board member, volunteer or advocate – yes, you telling others about RCFY is our best way to advertise, your friends and coworkers value your opinion! Join us now.

The Raymond Coalition For Youth empowers the community to promote positive youth development and reduce youth substance use, and suicide risk. We have been doing this collaboratively since 2002 and the key to our success is involving our young people in the process and putting their voice into action. RCFY provides information, resources and services far beyond the Raymond Town lines and our impact is reflected in our ongoing successful outcomes. All of these efforts are reflected on our website and social media accounts.

Prevention work is not one group, one event, one donation. Prevention is every day, working with the community, adults and youths. Prevention is working with all different sectors of the community: Youth-Serving, Education, Healthcare, Faith-Based, Government, Businesses, Parents and Volunteers. Prevention is working with other communities.

We currently employ two full-time staff members and four part-time staff members. We have a very involved Board of Directors, who are volunteers, as well as a great team of Volunteers, community partners and supporters, that continues to grow.

In 2017 alone, here are highlights of the work we've done:

  • Planned, organized and funded Project Safeguard for over 150 students, teachers and parents,
  • Planned, organized and promoted Family Fun Night for over 300 guests and 31 community partner tables,
  • Planned, organized, promoted 4th Annual Gala with 150 + guests, sponsorships and over 70 businesses donating items for raffles and auctions,
  • Organized and presented at National CADCA Leadership Conference and was the state Prevention Leader for NH,
  • Held 11 monthly RCFY community networking meetings,
  • Held weekly Youth Action monthly meetings at both middle and high schools,
  • Held monthly Heroin Drug Task force planning and information meetings resulting in numerous connections and resources to our community.
  • Conducted several public information sessions and produced awareness materials,
  • Organized, submitted, and were approved for eighth year of a $125,000 Drug Free Communities (DFC) federal grant,
  • Assisted with $200,000 grant and provided financial support for Student Assistance Personnel (SAP) at Raymond High School (RHS)
  • Nominated RCFY for NH Nonprofit Impact Award,
  • Planned, coordinated, implemented and are reporting out on Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) for both Iber Holmes Gove Middle School and Raymond High School for 2017
  • Partnered with the Raymond NH Police Department and Walgreens for our most successful National Drug Takeback Day on April 29, a national biannual event led by the National Drug Enforcement Administration. We collected 138 lbs. of medications, a record for Raymond, that were safely and properly disposed of, protecting our youth, our community and our environment,
  • Hosted a collaborative community forum, “Keeping Our Youth and Communities Safe and Drug-Free” on May 4, 2017, with resources available to the community, and guest speakers including Jim & Jeanne Moser, sharing their personal story of the loss of their 27 year old son to an opioid overdose,
  • Partnered with 22 other community organizations with “Every Community Has a Story”, an interactive, educational workshop showcasing health and wellness through Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery,
  • Organized annual town-wide clean up efforts, “Operation Raymond Clean Up” typically each May, offering clean up “kits” which included gloves, t-shirts, safety instructions, and special town trash bags to Raymond Residents who wish to help beautify our town. The students at the after school program at Lamprey River Elementary School also participated on May 10th,
  • Both RHS and IHGMS Youth Action groups participated in the 2017 Granite Youth Film Festival. Produced Pill Pressure, and Side Effects Not Intended videos, which premiered at O'Neil Cinemas on June 4th and 5th!
  • Worked with NH Liquor Enforcement, local grocery and liquor stores in Raymond and Epping, NH, in our Sticker Shock campaign to tackle underage drinking prevention, June 28th,
  • Nationally recognized by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) in their June 29th e-newsletter.
  • Launched a very successful social media campaign and contest during the 2017 Raymond Town Fair.
  • Attended CADCA Mid Year Summer Learning Institute in Atlanta, GA, and presented a class about increasing community collaboration and reducing youth substance misuse.
  • Featured in Boston Voyager magazine, July 2017.
  • Raymond Leaders met to discuss bringing recovery service options to Raymond, NH featured in local newspaper
  • Received a letter of recognition from Governor Chris Sununu
  • Joined with Raymond Recreation Department for a collaborative Summer FUN Series on the Town Common. Every Thursday from June 29th through August 24th (except July 6th due to Town Fair) we provided free family-friendly activities on the common at the same time as the Summer Concert Series.
  • September, we received our Year 8 Drug-Free Community Grant funding!
  • Presented at and provided resources for community collaborative presentation on Human Trafficking Education & Awareness Night at Raymond Baptist Church on 10/12/17.
  • We held our 5th Annual Community Prevention Summit on October 20th.
  • Organized and provided resources with community partners to have a tremendously successful Red Ribbon Week with cooperation from all three schools in our district.
  • We broke our record for drugs collected for safe disposal again on October 28th at our DEA Prescription TakeBack Event with 173 pounds of medication.
  • Celeste was asked to be a guest blogger for Drug Free NH on November 14th.
  • RCFY was represented at the Manchester Monarchs Prevention Night with the DEA on November 18th, and appeared on the Jumbotron!
  • Director Celeste Clark was published in the New Hampshire Union Leader on November 19th.
  • Celeste was asked to speak about the importance of substance misuse prevention on the WMUR TV program New Hampshire's Business which aired December 3rd, and is available on our YouTube page 
  • Our Raymond High School Youth Action group ran a Share the Love Food Drive to benefit Rockingham Community Action food pantry, and a Baby Supplies Drive to benefit local families in need, the week of December 15th.
  • Held Narcan training and free kit distribution at our December 14th Monthly Community Networking Meeting.
  • Created a series of "Priceless Gifts" graphics shared on social media during the month of December to highlight our most precious and free protective factors that all children benefit from.

This list of accomplishments continues to grow, and this work is essential in our community. We thank you for your support, and your commitment to a Safe and Drug-Free Raymond!



Raymond's 2016 Annual Report, a year in review –
RCFY is in the report, pages 83 & 84, click here for the full report:

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Click on these images to see our reports specifically: 

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