RCFY Youth Action has a core group of students from the elementary school all the way up to the high school. Each group, at their respective schools, continues to grow as a family and gets stronger with numbers. We are lucky to have such passionate, caring students that strive to make a difference within their community, even at the elementary age.

Anyone can join this group, all you have to do is come to a meeting to find out more information. If you are interested in joining Youth Action please talk to any of these students, and they will be happy to make sure you feel comfortable attending your first meeting.

Iber Holmes Gove Middle School (IHGMS) Youth Action – The purpose of our group is to empower the youth within the community to make positive, healthy choices, and raise awareness and reduce the negative impacts of drugs and alcohol use among their peers. We talk about issues that are important in their lives and ways we can make positive change in our community. Throughout the year we participate in several events, workshops and activities that strengthen these messages.

Some of which include, but are not limited to: 
  • Operation Raymond Clean Up, 
  • Kick Butts Day, 
  • Red Ribbon week, 
  • Food Drives,
  • and the Granite Youth Alliance Film Festival

October 23, 2018: Red Ribbon Week


Our Youth Action students are gearing up for Red Ribbon Week and would like to encourage as many parts of our community and 
beyond to get involved and participate.




June 2018: View "See Something, Say Something" - a video created by the middle school Youth Action group, in response to the news about school shootings. This is something that the kids felt very passionate about - making a difference and letting other kids know what they can do when they feel powerless. This is their message, simple and powerful.



Here is the 2017 IHGMS Youth Action film submission for the Granite Youth Film Festival, "Pill Pressure":


IHGMS Youth Action Meetings –


When: Every Wednesday, 2:45 - 3:35 pm

Where: Room 144 at the Middle School

Who: Anyone can join so spread the word & bring a friend!


Check out our flyer:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxqFKrI6EG-kRzhlZHUzdF9YSjg/view?usp=sharing




Raymond High School (RHS) Youth Action is a proactive group of students that are dedicated to raising awareness to the issues that youth face in our community. This is a student-based committee that meets weekly to discuss current topics and issues that affect their lives in and out of school.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018, RHS Youth Action held the health and wellness fair, the Fine Fettle Fate Fair, at Raymond High School. 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Bb8XUlc3CesAnwTTsDZN7u266ElNx8gp

On Wednesday May 23rd from 9am - 11am, partners from all around the region joined with Raymond Coalition for Youth High School Youth Action to meet with students, share resources and help them plan for their future. We thank this great list of people that joined us to help the students: Breathe New HampshireConvenientMD Urgent CareEdward Jones - Financial Advisor: Dustin R. RameyLamprey Health Care, New Life RaymondNew Life Raymond YouthPawtuckaway State ParkRaymond NH Police Department, Angela Fallon, RHS Social Worker, Seacoast Medical Reserve Corps/CERT, Gina Simone, Raymond Student Assistance Program Counselor, and Well Sense Health Plan




RHS Youth Action members participating in Sticker Shock event on June 5, 2018

 

Twice a year, during the Holiday Season and Prom and Graduation season, the Raymond Coalition for Youth’s High School Youth Action group elects to participate in the NH Liquor Enforcement Buyers Beware state strategy program called Sticker Shock. This sends an important message to adults about underaged drinking.


Check out the videos we made during this event: 




January 10, 2018

Our RCFY - Youth Action members have something to say about the January 9th vote on HB 656 (allowing possession, consumption, growing and transporting up to 6 plants of marijuana for personal possession) by the NH House. They can't all vote, but shouldn't their opinion matter? They are the ones who see the effects of marijuana on their peers, community and families. If this bill passes, this harmful substance will be much more accessible to our youth while their brains are being built.  In prevention we know that one of the keys to reducing substance misuse is reducing access.  

If this is a matter that is important to you there is still time to share your feelings on this issue with members of the Ways and Means committee  but you will need to call or email as soon as possible.  To learn more about marijuana legalization you can visit our partners at New Futures' website




This dynamic group is working to bring a voice to the middle school age group of our youth population. The group works together to identify needs for change, find effective ways to communicate the issues and work to develop solutions that will connect with this age group and bring on positive change. It’s kids helping kids. They work to promote positive, healthy behaviors and carry out events that are beneficial to their community. 

Some of which include, but are not limited to: 
  • Kick Butts Day, 
  • Red Ribbon week, 
  • High School Clean up day, 
  • Grim Reaper events
  • a toy drive, 
  • Sticker Shock awareness events, 
  • and middle school dances.
RHS Youth Action members participating in a Sticker Shock event on June 8, 2017




RHS Youth Action Meetings –


When: Every Tuesday, 2:15 - 3:30 pm

Where: Room 207 at the High School

Who: Anyone can join so spread the word & bring a friend!


Check out our flyer!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxqFKrI6EG-kdUtXNmxpMkR4eG8/view?usp=sharing

Here is the RHS Youth Action 2017 film submission to the Granite Youth Alliance Film Festival, "Side Effects Not Intended":



Underage drinking is an identified area of concern for RCFY and this activity aims to reduce underage drinking by limiting youth access to alcohol. The goal is to spread awareness to adults who might not know that it is illegal to provide alcohol to youth under the age of 21. During our Sticker Shock events, youths place warning stickers on multi-packs of beer, wine coolers and other alcoholic beverages at a local retailer in Raymond, NH. The sticker warns that it is illegal to provide alcohol to minors and is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Project Sticker Shock is a youth-led initiative to change adult attitudes about selling and providing alcohol to minors. “A strong community message is sent when a business like Hannaford takes responsibility for speaking out against underaged drinking,” said Jen Darois, RCFY's Youth Program Coordinator (2012-2016). “It also helps re-enforce the message to adults in the community that our youth care about each other, and are committed to helping make positive choices when they see them actively participating in initiatives like Sticker Shock around Raymond.” When Youth Action members were asked how they felt about being part of the event, one response was: “It feels good to know that we are part of helping our community to keep kids safe.”

Every 49 minutes, a life is lost in the United States due to an impaired driving accident. On June 2nd, 2011, student members of Youth Action at Raymond High School staged a Grim Reaper event to help raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. A student was pulled from class every 49 minutes and had their face painted white with a single tear. RHS students were asked to think about what it would be like if these students really were victims of an impaired driver. (2011 Data)