Sometimes youth make poor choices or decisions and don’t fully understand the consequences of their actions. Raymond Coalition for Youth offers the My Choice™ program as a support and educational opportunity for youth and their families.  This opportunity allows for a poor decision to not affect a youth’s life, long term goals, college, job or entering the military.

  • Prevention is offered to the parent or legal guardians in the form of education about the facts of adolescent substance abuse, the progression of the disease as well as awareness regarding attitudes and society’s role.
  • Intervention is offered to the first time offenders in the form of education about the process of underage drinking/illegal use and where it leads, as well as communication.
  • Discussions include dealing with peer pressure, making goal directed choices and committing to abstain from underage use and avoiding future issues with alcohol or other drugs.

In August of 2015, Celeste Clark, our Executive Director, was selected as a member of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) Fellows Network based on the approval of this capstone project.

"This project addresses youth's drug and alcohol involvement through educating youth in the effects of drug and alcohol use and facilitating family engagement," said Shay Bilchik, Director of CJJR. "What is most exciting is that through the strengthening of RCFY's current diversion program this project has the potential to reduce substance-related recidivism in the community."

The goals of the program are:

  • To have a clear understanding of current Alcohol and Drugs laws.
  • To understand the dangers and long-term health effects of Alcohol and other Drugs.
  • To improve communication between the young adult and parent or guardian.
  • To strengthen relationships.
  • To raise awareness of, and encourage involvement in, prosocial activities.
  • To reduce recidivism

The My Choice Diversion Program is delivered by a team of trained facilitators that include:
    • A professional in the field of adolescence/substance abuse.
    • A local police officer.
    • A caring community member involved in the prevention of substance abuse issues.