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June 20, 2018

It's Summer Time!! 

Our Interns are here & Summer FUN Series starts Thursday

Happy Summer! 

It's finally here, a time to stop, take a breath, enjoy the sun (with sunscreen) and relax.

We are very excited to announce that we have three super amazing interns working in our Raymond Coalition For Youth office this summer!  They each bring a special set of talents and interests, all with passion to help RCFY move forward.  A brief introduction, in their own words, is below.  I am sure you will be hearing, and seeing, more from them as we navigate through summer.  

This Thursday evening, the 21st, is the start of our Summer Fun Series.  Jos and Jacob have done a great job planning for Carnival Night this week, followed by Camp RCFY next week.  
We are excited to be a part of the Summer Concert Series that is taking place on the Raymond Town Common on Thursday evenings. This week's band Studio Two - The Beatles Tribute will be playing at the gazebo 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.  There will also be a farmers market on the common as well.  More information on this is below.   Each week will be new, fun, free activities to participate in.  We hope you will stop by.  

As always, there is so much more, please see our "coming soon" section at the bottom and check us out on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.  
Grace ~
As a student in the Raymond School District, I was a member of the Raymond Coalition for Youth's Youth Action group for 6 years, and even after I left home for Hamilton College I knew that this was an organization that I wanted to keep being a part of. This summer, I will be helping the RCFY organize their collection and storage of data. I will also be assisting with the creation and implementation of some new fundraising strategies and campaigns, among other various administrative tasks, as I learn more about what it means to help run a nonprofit and coalition. When I went away for college, I was worried that that would mean the end of my time with this amazing organization, but when I realized that I could be an intern here, I was beyond jubilated. Being away made me realize that I want to be involved in nonprofit work in my future, and the message that the Coalition sends out to the community is such an important one that I couldn’t think of a place I’d rather spend the summer learning. I look forward to reconnecting with all the people I’ve met through my connection with the Coalition, and to meeting many more during my internship the summer!
Jacob ~
Hello there, my name is Jacob Rubin and I am one of the three interns working with the Raymond Coalition for Youth this summer. Over this summer I am going to be working a lot on the weekly Summer Fun Series, as well as our table for the Raymond Town Fair, and even some ideas for Fundraising. Then there is my big goal for the summer; which is hopefully reaching out to the professional sports leagues in the country, and seeing if we could get them to represent Red Ribbon Week in some way, whether that’s by having players wear red ribbons on their helmets or wearing the color red in some way or another, and have it acknowledged and brought to the attention of fans around the globe. The idea of reaching out and trying to make a difference on that big of a scale is something that I am really looking forward to doing this summer, as well as our Summer Fun Series which we’re hoping to make the best one to-date. After graduating High School and going off to college, I realized how badly drugs and alcohol affect some people. I was able to spread some of the knowledge that I had gathered as a Youth Member of RCFY with people I met at college, and was even able to change some people’s views on alcohol and drug consumption.
Joscalyn ~ 
Hello, I’m Joscalyn, I have been a long time Member of youth action starting in middle school. I have participated in one other internship during my summer into junior year, participated in many events, and ran the middle school youth action during my senior of high school. I’m currently an intern for the RCFY during my break from college. I’m working on a few projects this summer. One of my major events is the 9-week-long Summer Fun Series with Jacob. We are trying to make it a larger event for the town, and hopefully get it recognized more. I am also working on National Night Out which is an event that focuses on uniting police officers and kids. I’m also working on a video that I should be conducting at the Town Fair; it’s kind of an attempt to understand how the community views our organization, and in a small way gives us insight into their perspectives. I have a couple other smaller projects like a community tag game I’m developing, an addiction article that I’m currently editing for the paper, and fundraising. 
Coming Soon:
 
Marijuana 101 in NH - Newsletter
Summer Fun Series - Thursday evenings, 6:00 - 7:30 pm on the Raymond Town Common.
Summer Concert Series with Raymond Recreation: 

 
 
 
Raymond Town Fair: July 6, 7, 8 - Volunteers welcome

RCFY July monthly meeting,  July 12, - Connect Suicide Prevention Training
Family Support Group - Starting July 18th, Raymond Baptist Church, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

National Night Out: August 7
, A national community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships.
 
Did you know?
The Raymond School District has a monthly community newsletter!  Sign up for their monthly community newsletter.

The Town of Raymond, NH, has a monthly newsletter as well, "The Talk of the Town". Sign up for this mailing list, or view the newsletter archive.  

The Raymond Coalition For Youth empowers the community to promote positive youth development and
reduce youth substance use, and suicide risk. 



You are invited to join us at our next 
Raymond Coalition For Youth monthly meeting,  

July 12, 2018:  9 - 10:30 am
Raymond Baptist Church

Thank you to Hannaford for Muffins and coffee available!

Upcoming meetings:
7/12, NO August meeting, 9/13, 10/11

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Contact Us
Donate here, 94% of your donation goes directly to programming.
Raymond Coalition for Youth Board of Directors:

Ali Bousquin, Chair
Greg Sevinsky, Vice Chair
Tricia Wentworth, Secretary
Patrick Arsenault, Treasurer
Dustin Ramey, Development Director
Cutler Brown, Veteran & Concerned Citizen
Carrie Chooljian, Lamprey Health Care Care, Manager
Mark Hassenpflug, Retired - Banking/Non-profit 
John Schermerhorn, MD - The Road Foundation, Road to a Better Life
Bill Sparks, Concerned Citizen

Raymond Coalition for Youth Staff:

Celeste Clark - Executive Director 
Pam Turcotte - Finance Coordinator 
Christine Bostaph - Program Coordinator
Kathy Pouliot - Communications/ IT Coordinator


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June 11, 2018


Raymond Coalition For Youth Monthly Networking Meeting - Thursday, 9:00 am, Raymond Baptist Church

Hello,

This is a friendly reminder that our monthly networking meeting is this Thursday, June 14th, from 9:00 - 10:30am, in the downstairs meeting room at Raymond Baptist Church in Raymond. Join us for a morning with movies, muffins, coffee and tea. Bring a friend!

The full agenda can be viewed online here.

We're excited to introduce our summer interns, all former Youth Action members. They are full of great ideas, enthusiasm and drive. Find out what they're working on. 

Speaking of Youth Action, we are premiering the Middle School Youth Action group's video, "See Something, Say Something", as well as two videos we made at last week's Sticker Shock campaign at Raymond Hannaford. Our youth are working on important issues. We're really proud of them.

RCFY is involved in timely and necessary although difficult conversations. We offer Connect Suicide Prevention Resources and Training, and are embarking on a new campaign - straight from The White House - addressing the Opioid Epidemic. 

Find out about our Town Fair plans, RCFY attending CADCA next month, and how the Recovery Task Force is really making a difference, helping people in our community.

Remember to visit our website www.rcfy.org anytime for updated information and resources.

Have a great week!
Celeste Clark
Raymond Coalition For Youth Executive Director
603-895-7061

 

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May 24, 2018

Who Are Your People?

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Happy May,

What an amazing (super busy) month we have had! Behind the scenes, out and about in the community, and some great media coverage too.  Please take a look at the MANY ways 'we' support our youth and community.  Our "village" is working together.  Pretty awesome!

WHO ARE YOUR PEOPLE?
 

 
It is important for our young people to be able to identify "who their people are".  These are the people they can turn to when they are struggling, need someone to talk to, are concerned about a friend or a loved one, and yes, who they go to when they have great news that they want to share. 

By asking this question from the positive "Amazing News" angle it helps people to better understand the idea that 'your people' are there for you in the good times and bad times.  

Can we count on you to help with this?  If you work with young people try this quick, simple exercise above.  Check out the answers we collected at Raymond High School yesterday.  We are trying it out on social media too to see if it will catch on.  It is a great way to reach a much wider audience too.  
RECOVERY SERVICES IN RAYMOND
Do you have someone you care about that struggles with substance misuse or addiction?  You are not alone.  It is estimated that 2 out of 3 people are connected to someone who needs help or is in treatment or recovery.  

At our May monthly RCFY networking meeting we got to hear about the important and necessary services happening here in Raymond every Tuesday at Raymond Baptist Church. Karen Morton-Clark from Granite Pathways is here in Raymond every Tuesday from 9am to 5pm, helping to connect people (anyone from the age of 12 and up) to resources they need. The service is FREE and confidential. Call 1.844.711.HELP (4357) and ask to speak with Karen, the designated RAPS Representative for Raymond.

Key to dealing with opioid crisis could be talking to youth, some say - Kristen Carosa, WMUR

Thank you to WMUR for the news coverage on the important role our youth play in prevention work.  It is nice to have our Youth Action members recognized for the amazing work they do with RCFY.  Great job Alex and Savannah!!
Watch RCFY on WMUR! This segment aired on Friday night's news on May 18th, 2018.
Fine Fettle Fate Fair: 
 

This was our fist year to hold this event.  Think Family Fun Night but for students.  Students are our future consumers and need to know where to go for health care, banking, insurance and more.  Thank you to all of our partners who helped to make this a great event.  

It was an excellent opportunity for our Youth Action students to engage with their peers about the work of RCFY and an opportunity for them to also learn about Ms. Gina Simone and Ms. Fallon, both of who work at the Raymond High School and are accessible for students who have concerns about substance misuse, relationship issues, or other concerns that effect youth today.  Both of these ladies can be reached at Raymond High School 895-6616.
IMPROBABLE PLAYERS COMING TO RAYMOND HIGH SCHOOL 

On Friday, May 25th Raymond High School students will be attending a play about drug and alcohol abuse prevention presented by the Improbable Players, a theater company of young men and women who are all in long-term recovery as well as being professional actors.  “Running on E” explores themes of experimentation and addiction to drugs and alcohol; and how school success, friendships and work life can be affected by substance abuse.  The major focus of this presentation is how to help a friend who is in trouble.
 
After the performance, the actors share their personal stories, followed by a question and answer discussion session.  Students will be encouraged to talk among themselves, with their teachers, and with you, about the issues raised.  A resource list about substance abuse will be available for each student, as well as a handout offering specific suggestions for how to help a friend. 
 
GATEWAY 101
 
Did you miss the presentation? Fear not, thanks to Raymond Community Television, we have the entire program recorded and you can see it on our You Tube page at a time that works for you.

Laurie Warnock from NH Poison Control joined us to talk about vaping and the concern for youth who are experimenting with these devices to develop long term nicotine addiction.  
Kate Frey from New Futures spoke about Marijuana and the confusion and lack of factual information that is being marketed to the general public.  For instance,  marijuana THC potency rates in 1968 were 3% today, in 2018 TCH levels in marijuana products can be as high as 98%. 
Angela Fallon & Gina Simone, both work in our School District and parents and students alike are encouraged to contact them if they or someone they care about are in crisis or struggling with substance misuse, anxiety, relationship issues or the like.   
Karen Morton-Clark shared her info on Granite Pathways being in Raymond on Tuesday.  See below for more info. 

We will have each presentation separated into smaller video segments soon!

 

Thank you to Walmart


Once again our partners at Walmart are on the front line with another tool we can offer against the opioid crisis.  Now every opioid prescription filled at a Walmart Pharmacy will come with a Dispose RX packet.  NHPR covered the storyand quoted RCFY Director Clark on the value of this product.

At a news release on Governor Chris
Sununu
 showed how easy it is to use Dispose RX.  This product raises awareness, gets people talking and provides a safe way to dispose of no longer needed medication. A great example of how a business can make a difference!


 
Last week was National Prevention Week  - if you missed our social media posts, view our web site for a recap of the messaging that we provided during the week.
RCFY and the NH Fisher Cats partnered with the NH DEA for Prevention Night during National Prevention Week. We will be drawing a winner for a $25 Applebee's Gift Card soon! We appreciate all the people who came to our table to ask about Raymond Coalition for Youth and get information and resources as well as help promote medication safety. View all our pictures here
Netflix's series "13 Reasons Why" Season 2 has started. This series is very popular amongst teens and covers serious and difficult issues facing youth today.  Some of which include alcohol and drug use, suicide, sexuality, rape, and "who to go to if you are a teen struggling?"  This season provides safe messaging at the beginning and end of each episode along with a very useful toolkit website on how to talk with your family about these issues.

To read more, and access appropriate resources, please visit our Parents & Family Toolkit webpage. 

The Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24/7, is free and confidential: 1.800.273.TALK. REMEMBER - talking about Suicide can help PREVENT suicide. 

Family Support Groups in New Hampshire,
Provided by Granite Pathways (click on image for large view)

UPDATE: There will be a family support group starting here in Raymond in July.   We will keep you posted on details. 
Do you have your 2018 RCFY Discount Card yet? You can now purchase them online, if you're not able to get over to the RCFY or Raymond NH Town Offices during business hours.  (Purchasing cards online is $2.00 more to cover our online merchant processing fees.)
Marijuana does kill.  How many times have you heard this argument?  In CA three people were killed in a motor vehicle accident driven by a man under the influence of marijuana.  "Driving under the influence of marijuana is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol." 
Other news and events:

Bike Rodeo - June 2nd
Summer Playground registration opens on June 1st.  More info here. 

The Raymond Coalition For Youth empowers the community to promote positive youth development and
reduce youth substance use, and suicide risk. 


You are invited to join us at our next 
Raymond Coalition For Youth monthly meeting,  

June 14, 2018:  9 - 10:30 am
Raymond Baptist Church

Thank you to Hannaford for Muffins and coffee available!

Only a couple more meetings until we take an August break!
 
6/14, 7/12

Connect with our Google Community Events Calendar

Contact Us
Donate here, 92% of your donation goes directly to programming.
Raymond Coalition for Youth Board of Directors:

Ali Bousquin, Chair
Greg Sevinsky, Vice Chair
Tricia Wentworth, Secretary
Patrick Arsenault, Treasurer
Dustin Ramey, Development Director
Cutler Brown, Veteran & Concerned Citizen
Carrie Chooljian, Lamprey Health Care Care, Manager
Mark Hassenpflug, Retired - Banking/Non-profit 
John Schermerhorn, MD - The Road Foundation, Road to a Better Life
Bill Sparks, Concerned Citizen


Raymond Coalition for Youth Staff:

Celeste Clark - Executive Director 
Pam Turcotte - Finance Coordinator 
Christine Bostaph - Program Coordinator
Kathy Pouliot - Communications/ IT Coordinator



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May 7, 2018

Raymond Coalition For Youth Monthly Networking Meeting - Thursday, 9:00 am, Raymond Baptist Church

Good Morning,

This is a friendly reminder that our monthly networking and resource sharing meeting is this Thursday, 9:00 - 10:30.  The full agenda can be viewed online here.  Our guest this month is Karen Morton Clark of Granite Pathways.  We have a lot to cover and hope you will be able to join us.

Coming up on  Tuesday, May 15th we have a special evening presentation, Gateway 101- what you need to know about the Top 3 drugs misused by youth.  This presentation is in partnership with the Raymond School System and our special guest speakers from New Futures and NH Poison Control.  In addition to providing information on these top three drugs, Alcohol, Marijuana and Vaping resources will be provided for support and help as well. 

If you are able to share the information in your network that would be most appreciated.  Here is a copy of the flyer below and we have Facebook event page you can share as well. 


 

Operation Raymond Clean Up is off to a fantastic start!  So great, in fact, that we are extending it!  We still have shirts, signs and kits if you are interested in participating.  Contact Christine for more info at 895-7062, or cbostaph@rcfy.org You may also sign up online on our website by clicking on this picture below: 




Take pictures and share them with us! Message us on FB, post on our FB page or share them on social media with the hashtag #DrugFreeRaymond - Thank you!

Please visit our website  www.rcfy.org for updated information and resources.

Have a great week!
Celeste Clark
Raymond Coalition For Youth Executive Director
603-895-7061

 

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April 26, 2018

Proper disposal of medication keeps our  water supply & community safe and drug-free!
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Hello,

We wanted to make sure you knew about two big events that are important to our community and one could win you one of the amazing prizes above!
  1. Got Drugs, DEA Medication Take Back event - This Saturday the 28th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Raymond Police Department.
  2. Operation Raymond Clean up - We Take Pride In Raymond. FREE kits with supplies, directions, a sign and t-shirts - available now!



Stop by our Got Drugs, Medication Take Back event on Saturday at the Raymond Police Department, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, and you can be entered to win a Sony PS4 or a Blaupunkt Dual Camera HD Dashcam.  Both of these prizes have very generously been donated by Walmart.  We will also have free hot dogs and drinks. 




This event is an opportunity for you to safely dispose of your no longer needed, expired, or overprescribed medication. 

This is a great time to check dates and clean out your cabinets & drawers

 
   NEVER FLUSH OR THROW medication in the trash. 
This is bad for our water supply and the environment. 
Where do you keep your medication?  The best place, if not in a lock box, is in a drawer or cabinet in a popular room in your home.  This way it is out of sight and reach.   The worse place it can be is in a medicine cabinet in a bathroom. This gives your guests an opportunity to go through your meds when they are alone in your bathroom. 

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday and thank you for helping us to spread the word about this important event to keep our youth, community and environment safe.  #drugfreeRaymond  

 
Join the discussion at 1:00 pm on Thursday the 26th.  DEA Agent Jon DeLena and Celeste Clark, RCFY Director, will be a part of a Facebook Live discussion on the importance of the Take Back Event. 

RCFY Youth Action Groups invite you to join the Raymond Coalition for Youth as We Take Pride in Raymond.  Our youth are proud of the community they call home and want to do some spring cleaning after the long winter to make our roads, walking paths, yards, parks and other places more inviting to look at.  Basically, remove the garbage and liter that has been carelessly thrown out.

Participating is as EASY AS STEPS 1, 2, 3!
  1. Gather up your family, neighborhood, business, church, club, or other group to spend some time together on your own during the week and participate in a clean-up activity!  Or, by yourself at a time that works for you is good too.
  2. Request a kit from RCFY – it comes with a t-shirt for each participating member (so we will need your size) gloves, bags, directions for pick up and a super cool yard sign to stick in the area of town you have improved for all to enjoy.
  3. Choose your day, time, location and get to it having fun and making a difference.
  4. Take a picture!!  Show the world how you Take Pride in Raymond by posting your photo on our Facebook page or any other social media platform with #DRUGFREERAYMOND
Activities, Tips and ideas:
  • Picking up trash, raking or sweeping on your street, a favorite playground, park or trail.
  • Encourage a group of coworkers to join you during your lunch break and clean up around your business.
  • Planting colorful flowers or start a garden.
  • Gather the neighborhood children for a trash “Scavenger Hunt” and discover how much trash they collect.
To register and receive a kit:  Contact Christine Bostaph at 895-7062 or cbostaph@rcfy.org

Here are some groups and people who are already at it!  Thank you to them for helping us Take Pride In Raymon
Mark Your Calendar*
  • Gateway Drugs 101 - Vaping (JUULing), Marijuana, Alcohol  Join us for a community Town Hall Meeting to discuss the top three abused drugs by youth in our community on Tuesday, May 15th, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm in the library of Raymond High School.  Special guests - New Futures, Laurie Warnock of NH Poison Control.  Questions? Contact our office 895-7061  info@rcfy.org
  • May Raymond Coalition For Youth monthly networking meeting - May 10th, 9:00 am - 10:30 am, Raymond Baptist Church.
Did you know?

The Raymond School District has a monthly community newsletter!  Sign up for their monthly community newsletter.

The Town of Raymond, NH, has a monthly newsletter as well, "The Talk of the Town". Sign up for this mailing list, or view the newsletter archive.  
The Raymond Coalition For Youth
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and reduce youth substance use, and suicide risk. 




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Raymond Coalition for Youth Board of Directors:

Ali Bousquin, Chair
Greg Sevinsky, Vice Chair
Tricia Wentworth, Secretary
Patrick Arsenault, Treasurer
Dustin Ramey, Development Director
Cutler Brown, Veteran & Concerned Citizen
Carrie Chooljian, Lamprey Health Care Care, Manager
Mark Hassenpflug, Retired - Banking/Non-profit 
John Schermerhorn, MD - The Road Foundation, Road to a Better Life
Bill Sparks, Concerned Citizen

Raymond Coalition for Youth Staff:

Celeste Clark - Executive Director 
Pam Turcotte - Finance Coordinator 
Christine Bostaph - Program Coordinator
Kathy Pouliot - Communications/ IT Coordinator

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