In 2000 – The University of New Hampshire (UNH) came to Raymond and invited important stakeholders in the community to a meeting where they explained the importance of conducting a survey of the youth in town. This survey was part of The Teen Assessment Project (TAP). They explained how the information gathered could lead to forming a community coalition as the information gathered would be tailored to the issues of importance to the town of Raymond.

2001 – In the spring of 2001, the TAP survey was given to the students in grade 7 – 12 in the Raymond School District.

The results were made available in the fall and were disseminated at monthly informational meetings for the community to attend.

After viewing the results, community stakeholders decided that the information needed to have a follow-through plan developed.

2004 – In June of 2004, the Raymond Coalition for Youth was formed and became an official non-profit organization 501 c3.

2005 – The Youth Action group was developed at the high school level.

2006 – A youth worker position was established to help develop a youth program at the middle school and to support the many programs developed to reach out to the community.

2007 – The coalition answers a community need and establishes an after-school program for the middle school youth.

2009 – Diversion program created to provide a second chance to youth involved in a law enforcement first offense and Code of Conduct implemented in the Raymond School District.

2011 – RCFY began partnering with the DEA and the Raymond Police Department to sponsor semi-annual Rx Drug Take Back Events and this led to the installation of a permanent drop box being installed at the Raymond Police Department for year round safe prescription disposal.

Fall 2012 – Opening of the Playground at Riverside Park where parents, youth, and the community may gather to have fun.

School year 2012 - 2013 – Youth Action Program began at the elementary school

Summer 2012 & 2013 – A series of summer youth lead events held on a weekly basis at Riverside Park

2013 – Held our first Annual Prevention Summit to engage our community partners in the importance of substance misuse prevention, provided information and awareness and recognize community leaders that go above and beyond to support our mission.

July, 2017Featured in Boston Voyager magazine:

TODAY – RCFY is celebrating over 15 amazing years as a thriving coalition! Annual programs such as Project Safeguard, Family Fun Night, Touch-A-Truck, After School programming, and ongoing initiatives are regarded as crucial to the community in their efforts to promote family, community, and positive life choices.