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November 7, 2017:

Free Tickets and more

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Hello,

I hope this finds you well. 

First, this is a reminder that our RCFY monthly meeting is on Thursday9:00 am - 10:30 am at Lamprey Health Care and we would love to see you there.

Second, I have a fun and exciting offer to share but it does need a QUICK response.  On November 18th the Manchester Monarchs Game will be dedicated to raising awareness to Prevention.  The DEA has invited RCFY to show up and show off our prevention pride!  Which I know we all have! 

They (see below) are giving us FREE tickets for our RCFY members - this is you - to wear RCFY gear (shirts, sweatshirts, hats, etc.) or Raymond green.  We can bring signs, banners, posters and more to let them know RCFY is in the house.

This event is going to get a lot of media attention to support the importance of prevention work and keeping youth and communities strong.  It will also highlight that prevention takes many people working together to make it successful.   I am told the Governor, Senators and others who need to know how important prevention is will be there.  

We would love to have you join us on Saturday, November 18th for the 6 pm game.  

 
It will be a fun night out to spend quality time together with those you care about too!! (Protective factor)

If you want tickets please email cclark@rcfy.org or cbostaph@rcfy.org ASAP as the order has to be put in by Thursday, November 9th at 5 pm. 
  
We will need your name, how many tickets you need and your contact info to pick them up.  

We still have more to share too.  Please look through and share the info below and know how much we appreciate your RCFY support!!

If you have questions, or need more details, about any of this please let me know.   Have a great afternoon,

Celeste Clark
RCFY Executive Director
895-7061  -  cclark@rcfy.org
 

Our DEA Take Back events are successful when we work together!
We collected 136 POUNDS of medication in April and 
 173 lbs last week.  That's a total of 309 POUNDS!!
Safely disposed of and out of harms way.  Thank you!


Thank you to Raymond Community TV (RCTV)  - they are an incredible partner to RCFY and allow us to reach so many additional people with our information, messages and awareness. 

Do you know, the majority of our videos on our RCFY You Tube channel are made possible by Raymond TV?  A BIG SHOUT OUT to them and their team of volunteers!!  You are greatly appreciated.  
Red Ribbon Week was a complete success!!  
Thank you to our many partners who participated 
to help raise awareness to living a drug-free life.  

 



Our 5th Annual Prevention Summit was a complete success!!  Thank you to all of our partners, sponsors and youth who helped to make it happen.  We got media attention on WMUR and the Union Leader  did a story on our Youth Risk Behavior Survey data that was shared.  Our guests had time to listen, network, enjoy a great breakfast and learn more about RCFY successes, efforts and how to get more involved.  Thank you to everyone who was able to attend.  Did you enjoy Dr. Kevin Sabets presentation on Marijuana?  It can be viewed and shared via this link.  

Congratulations to our 2017 Leadership recipients!! 
If your actions inspire other dream more, do more, learn more and become more, you are a leader. ~ John Quincy Adams


Community Partner Award to Walmart and General Manager Greg Sevinsky for their ongoing support of RCFY.  With Greg's leadership pretty much, if not, every associate at Walmart Distribution Center know about RCFY, our work and the important role we play in the community.  That is leadership!

Community Leader Award to Lori Sevinsky. 
Lori helps out every week at our Middle School Youth Action group.  She bakes cookies and goodies for the kids and is a wonderful adult support for these young people.  Her dedication to our youth and RCFY overall is an amazing asset and we are very fortunate to have her.  

Youth Leader Award 

Ms. Savannah Cooney has been involved with RCFY Youth Action for a few years and is always willing to volunteer to get involved.  She is often out in front advocating for others to get involved, sharing information, introducing speakers, leading the way on a sticker shock campaign and always willing to be a voice for RCFY Youth Action.  She is incredible and we look forward to where her path will take her.  

Do you know that RCFY is a Non-Profit organization?  Do you know we are able to bring the programming, services and information we have into our communities and beyond with funds from donations, fundraisers and grants? 
We hope you will mark your calendar and consider being an RCFY ADVOCATE for our 5th Annual Fundraising Gala on March 24th, 2018.  We have a new venue this year - Brookstone Park in Derry, NH.  We do have a committee that is looking for volunteers who want to help make this our most successful event yet.  If you are interested please contact Celeste or Christine.  Our success come from everyone working together - not the work of one or two.
More details on this great night will be coming very soon but we wanted to get it in your books.  Thank you to everyone who supports this great, FUN, evening. 


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,  

November 9, 2017, 9 - 10:30 am
Lamprey Health Care

Thank you to Hannaford for Muffins and coffee available!

Please note our remaining 2017 meeting dates: 
11/9 & 12/14/17.

Connect with our Google Community Events Calendar

*Please note our new number*  (603) 895-7061
Support RCFY's Prevention 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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October 23, 2017:

RRW - Summit - Take Back - Oh My!

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October Overload!

Prevention month, Prevention Summit, Red Ribbon Week, DEA Medication Take Back, oh my!

Friday was awesome!  Thank you to all of our guests who were able to join us for our 5th Annual Prevention Summit.  We have links and more info below with the recap, news coverage, pictures and more. 

Today starts Red Ribbon Week!   A way for our community, schools, students, businesses and parents to be involved in supporting a drug-free lifestyle.  Learn more below and share your involvement on Facebook.  

Safety is important to everyone.  Please help to keep our children and young adults safe by cleaning out your medicine cabinets and participating in our 11th Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Event

Please share this newsletter and encourage others to participate in Red Ribbon Week, clean out their medicine cabinet and learn more about RCFY and the importance of working together to keep our youth safe and drug-free. 

Thank You for your support and involvement, 
TEAM RCFY


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Our 5th Annual Community Prevention Summit was held last Friday.  This is an opportunity to bring our stakeholders and partners together and celebrate another successful year of working together.  This year we celebrate 15 years of RCFY being in our community, pretty impressive! 
Our Key Note speaker was Dr. Kevin Sabet, former White House drug policy advisor, who spoke about the many misconceptions of marijuana today.  He warned of the impact this drug has on communities, young people and the misconceptions regarding revenue.  

Also shared at the summit was a snapshot of data from the current Raymond Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  While efforts to reduce prescription drug misuse and heroin use have been extremely successful - there is concern.  Alcohol and marijuana use have increased significantly.

 
 
Thank you to Jason at the Union Leader for covering our event.  The story was featured online and in Monday's paper.  Union Leader article.

Thank you to Raymond Community TV (RCTV) for recording the event.  You can watch the entire presentation here. We will be sharing the video soon for our keynote speaker as well. 

Once again, our Youth Action members presented for our guests.  They also produced a video on the importance of positive adult role models.   This helps to highlight and remind adults of the influence they have on a young person growing up.

Congratulations and a BIG Thank You to our 2017 Award Recipients! Community Leader - Lori Sevinsky, Community Partner - Greg Sevinsky and Walmart, and Youth Leader  - Savannah Cooney.
 
It was a great morning and we want to send a special Thank You to all of our guests and sponsors.

Check out our photo album here!

 

Red Ribbon Week Challenge on!!  In the midst of the current addiction crisis in New Hampshire, you may wonder, "What can I do? How can I get involved? How can I make a difference?" This coming week makes it easy for you!  

Visit our Red Ribbon Week webpageJoin our Red Ribbon Week Event on Facebook.  Watch the 30-second video below, created by Youth Action to inspire you to get involved - keep us updated on Facebook too.  Remember to use hashtags when sharing your posts on social media: #RCFY, #DrugfreeRaymond, #RedRibbonWeek.

Friday, NH DEA Special Agent Jon DeLena will be speaking at Raymond High School to our students with a positive message and awareness about the importance of staying away from all illegal drugs. On September 15th, NH DEA Chief John DeLena of Manchester, was interviewed on WZID's "Eye on NH" radio program. He talked about the opioid crisis here in NH and mentioned RCFY.  If you missed the show, and would like to listen, we have it. It's just under 18 minutes long but worth a listen. Click on the image below to listen to our audio clip on YouTube. Feel free to share!
 
Start an important conversation about drugs with the young people in your life.  Here is a great tool - Take our Red Ribbon week Pledge.   
  • Adult and Youth online pledge forms
  • Print out pledges, display them, and share:
  • Share with friends and family.
  • Wear RED, wear a red ribbon to show your commitment to a healthy, safe and drug-free community.
  • Take a selfie with your red ribbon and share it with us on social media!
  • Update your Facebook profile picture with our RCFY Red Ribbon Week 2017 picture frame. Have a business page? Message us and we will add the ribbon to your profile picture for you.
  • Contact us if you have a storefront or a local business and would like some large Red Ribbon to display and some red ribbon resource cards to give away!
 
 
It takes us all working together.  All three of our schools are involved! 
Check out their activities:



Lamprey River Elementary School:

Raymond High School:


Iber Holmes Gove Middle School:

We wrap up Red Ribbon Week with the DEA Medication Take Back, Saturday, October 28th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Raymond Police Department.  Safely dispose of medicine you no longer need or that has expired, and Keep Kids Safe!!  Prizes, free food and coffee - all donated by Walmart (thank you!).  Tours of Raymond Police Department, pictures with police officers and an opportunity to win a ride to school in a police cruiser!!  Please join us for a day of fun and safety!
 
 
We collected 136 POUNDS of medication in April.  Help us break our record!

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,  

November 9, 2017, 9 - 10:30 am
Lamprey Health Care

Thank you to Hannaford for Muffins and coffee available!

Please note our remaining 2017 meeting dates: 
11/9 & 12/14/17.

Connect with our Google Community Events Calendar

*Please note our new number*  (603) 895-7061
Support RCFY's Prevention 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
David Salois, Chief of Raymond Police Department
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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September 28, 2017:

Bushels of Info

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Like the abundance of fall leaves in our yard, our newsletter has a LOT of information.  Please pick and choose as you like, share and pass along to others.

Great news!

 
We are very excited to announce that we (RCFY) have received our Year 8 Drug-Free Community Grant funding! We look forward to our continued partnerships, outreach and efforts to keep our community safe and drug-free.
 


Red Ribbon WeekOctober 23rd - 31st
 
Are you up for a challenge?  (Remember the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?) 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. Please watch this video:
 
There are many ways and some have already signed up.  All three of our schools are in the planning process.  Use your imagination and let us know how you will be a part of the effort to support our young people making good choices and being drug-free. Invite your friends! Tag friends, family, people, and groups you'd like to challenge to join with us! A little red ribbon can start a great awareness conversation.  The theme this year is, "Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free".  Are you a key?

 
RCFY spotters will be a the fair FRIDAY 9/29 - wear your favorite gear, and if we spot you, you will win a prize! We will also be giving out our 2017-2018 Discount Cards. Show us your pride in Raymond! Tell your friends!

As of September 15th, 2017, New Hampshire's Marijuana Decriminalization Bill has taken effect. Your voice matters! If you don’t want it legalized - start talking! This DOES impact our youth. Thank you to NHPR and New Futures for breaking this bill down and explaining the details thoroughly
More to come when we release the Youth Risk Behavioral Study (YRBS).
Not only is there a lot of information out there, it's changing and being updated almost daily at this point. Here is a great newsletter, The Marijuana Report, that delves into the many issues we face with Marijuana decriminilization, as well as legalization in bordering states, and beyond. Now, more than ever, it's so important to be aware and educate ourselves and talk to our kids

Thank you to everyone who came to our September Monthly Community Networking Meeting - 31 people attended!!! View the minutes here. 
 
 

September is National Recovery Month. There are many celebrities in Recovery, (probably more than you think!) and there is a lot we can learn from them. 

 

Recently on Greg & The Morning Buzz, they announced that a new song with a phone number title has finally knocked "867-5309" down the charts. What song was it? The phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: "1-800-273-8255" Thank you so much to Logic for making this song and creating this awareness. If you haven't heard this song before, please do watch this powerful, moving performance from the MTV Video Music Awards 2017. It's perfect timing with it being National Suicide Prevention month, as well as National Recovery Month.

 

Town Garden, Cast your Vote!
Raymond Fifth Graders are in the process of trying to start a garden to benefit Raymond families. Tom’s of Maine® and Hannaford® are giving schools that are participating in Hannaford Helps Schools the opportunity to win an outdoor garden and a picnic table made from 100% recycled materials! The participating school that wins the most votes between September 1, 2017 and November 28, 2017 will win the Grand Prize. Please vote for Iber Holmes Gove Middle School at Terracycle.


 


Raymond Food Cupboard:

Have you noticed this at the Raymond Methodist Church? A Help Cupboard! To help our neighbors. If you need something, take something. Leave something if you can. Kudos to The Duford Family for your incredible donation! What a great community we have, with people taking action and working to create solutions to help each other. Spread the word!


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Saturday, October 7, 2017 9am-1pm

Industrial Drive, Off Old Manchester Road (Exit 4 ) across from the Safety Complex, Raymond, NH

Any questions please call Raymond Public Works at 895-7036

Visit Here for more details.


Speaking of Hazardous Waste - we have a very important event coming up to help you dispose of unwanted, unused, and/or expired medications, on Saturday, October 28th, from 10am - 2pm. Stay tuned for more details!


Parent Advocacy Day - an upcoming event being put on by the NH Children’s Trust and New Futures Kids Count on Wednesday, October 18th. This is an opportunity for parents and other family members to have a true legislative experience, complete with mock hearings.  There is also an element on their agenda called “pizza legislation”. 


 




Last but not least, it's time for us to check in with everyone to see how we are doing! Please take our online Check In Survey, (should only take a couple minutes or a bit more if you give written feedback also) as your input and feedback are extremely important to our work!

 

Thank you for reading and sharing this valuable information and for being an RCFY advocate, 

Sincerely,
Team RCFY


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,  

October 12, 2017, 9 - 10:30 am
Lamprey Health Care

Thank you to Hannaford for Muffins and coffee available!

Please note our future 2017 meeting dates: 
10/12, 11/9, and 12/14/17.

Connect with our Google Community Events Calendar

*Please note our new number*  (603) 895-7061
Sponsor Our Summit
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
David Salois, Chief of Raymond Police Department
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
Rachael Cormier - High School Youth Leader
 
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