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September 7, 2017:

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Hello,
We hope you had a great summer and are looking forward to a beautiful fall with colorful leaves, crisp apples and community building.

This is a reminder that our Raymond Coalition For Youth monthly networking, learning and sharing meeting is next Thursday, September 14th, 9 am - 10:30 am at Lamprey Health Care.  We look forward to seeing you and welcoming new guests.  

Below is an assortment of information, events, meetings and more.  Please share what you like and remember our information is updated daily on facebook 

If you have any questions about any of these please contact our office.  As always, thank you for being a part of RCFY and all of your support.

 


September Monthly Community Networking Meeting:
Join us next week on Thursday the 14th as we get back into Prevention planning and programming.  We are expecting a good amount of new people at this meeting so it is a great time to come and learn more about RCFY.  Our Guest Speaker is Former Police Chief David Mara from the NH Governor's Office. View our Meeting Agenda here. If time permits we will be doing a special "SWOT" group brainstorming session. Want to find out what that is? Come join us.
 

Does this look like medicine to you?

Parents and Guardians and others beware.  Packaged  to look like candy that  can fool many adults. This  "medical cannabis"  package was found in NH...  Please use the information provided here by HealthyChildren.org  to learn more about Edible Marijuana Dangers: How Parents Can Prevent Pot Poisoning.
 


Back to School, Join Youth Action:
Our Youth Action groups at the middle and high school are up and running. We are looking for new members to join, get involved and make a difference. These kids are the heart and soul of RCFY. We look forward to their ideas and the work they plan to do to make a difference with their peers and our community.  Visit our Youth Action page on our website for more info, or contact Christine at 895-7062.



Saturday September 9th family-friendly, fun activities in Raymond, don't miss out! 
RCFY will have a community information table at the Touch-A-Truck event at Lamprey River Elementary School from 10am - 12pm this Saturday. Stop by and say "hello." Other notable family-friendly community events happening in Raymond on Saturday that we want to make sure you know about are the Om-A-Can-Can-Oe Triathlon, Raymond Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, The American Legion Car Show, as well as a Chili Cook-off to benefit the Raymond Historical Society. Please visit the calendar at Raymond Area News for more details about all these events.

 
 
 


September is "Recovery Month"
 
Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. The annual theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.
 
Join others who support Recovery in NH at the:

Rally4RecoveryNH

September 16, 2017, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Park Manchester, NH

Thank you to Governor Chris Sununu for proclaiming that September is Recovery Month in New Hampshire!


The Opioid Epidemic continues to impact many individuals and families.  Please remember our RCFY website, www.rcfy.org is full of resources.  It has talking points, information on different substances, family tips and 'ah ha!' moments, and where to go for help or support.

If you or someone you care about needs support please remember and share the NH substance misuse support help line (24/7) 1-844-711-4357 (HELP).


For all youth, ages 10-18, we would like to invite you to an exciting event. On Friday, September 15th, our youth group will be having a Relaunch Celebration from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at New Life Church, 84 Nottingham Rd, Raymond, NH. 

We are celebrating the relaunch of our youth group -and our new name reveal! There will be snack foods, games, music, prizes - and a whole lot of fun! Come hang out with us in a fun, friendly, and safe environment! 

For more information e-mail Selena Black at New Life Church or call: 603-895-6041. 


 


Human Trafficking Education & Awareness Night at Raymond Baptist Church, Thursday October 12th, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Come educate yourself about a largely invisible epidemic that is happening right here in southern New Hampshire. Learn how to recognize the signs of trafficking and how you can help raise awareness to stop human trafficking in your community!

5th Annual RCFY Prevention Summit is in October.  
There is limited seating for this event and sponsorships are being accepted.  Please contact our office if your organization or company is interested or for more details.  This event is recorded and shown on Raymond Community TV and a great way to show your support.  

Grant received!
The Raymond School District, in partnership with RCFY, received a grant from the NH Department of Health and Human Services for a Student Assistance Program (SAP) counselor.  Please pass this opportunity along and encourage qualified applicants to apply.  Learn more about the position and application here.  

A special thank you to all of our volunteers and advocates who worked with us over the summer to keep our community connected and aware of resources and opportunities to keep our communities safe and drug-free.  
The RCFY Team


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,  

September 14, 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
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
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
 
Copyright © 2017 Raymond Coalition For Youth, All rights reserved.

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August is in full swing!
We didn't want you to miss these last exciting pieces of summer fun listed below.  There is also a very exciting letter, and some great information, to get back in the groove of the new school year.

As always, thank you so much for being a part of RCFY. 
 
Sincerely,
The RCFY Team
Our Summer FUN! Series is still going! We have two dates left: August 17& August 24Join us from 5:30 - 7:30 pm on the Raymond Town Common. We've partnered with the Raymond Rec. Department for these events, who is offering a great summer concert series from 6 - 7:30 each night as well.  Both of these events are FREE and open to the public.
 
This Thursday, 8/17, our most popular summer activity
returns - TIE DYE! Don't miss it!

Bring a shirt or get your own new FREE RCFY shirt to dye!
Austin17House has two great events happening this week -
  • Glow in the Dark Dodgeball, Wednesday August 16th, grades 8-12, from 6-8pm
  • 18 and Older Night, ages 18-25, Thursday August 17th from 6-8pm, Come hang out, eat ice cream, play pool, ping pong, cards and more.  Get reacquainted with your inner child.  
Austin17House is located at 236 Rt. 125, Brentwood, NH. 
"Thank you for the positive light you've shone on NH." – We are very proud to have received this letter of recognition from Governor Chris Sununu.  All who have supported RCFY and shown dedication to our Youth and Community is what RCFY is made of.  RCFY is a combined effort of many people who care and are working together to make a difference!

'As parents, it’s our obligation to keep having “the talk.” Not just once or twice, but as part of an ongoing conversation with our teenagers about drugs and alcohol.'

1. Think prevention-oriented parenting.
2. There is no such thing as “Not my kid.”
3. Have “the talk” a lot.
4. Be observant.
5. If your gut tells you something isn’t right, take action.
6. Keep learning.
7. You are not alone.
8. Take care of yourself.

Read the full article here.

 
– article by Rose McKinney, courtesy of www.yourteenmag.com
Understanding Addiction  (Thank you NH BDAS)
 
Many recent campaigns, including the Partnership for a Drug-Free NH's Speak Up campaign, have highlighted the importance of understanding the brain science of addiction. Although even the Office of the Surgeon General  has called addiction a "chronic brain disease" in Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, many people unfamiliar with the complex biochemistry of substance use disorder still consider it a failure of willpower.

Watch and share this short video on substance use disorders or download the BDAS publication "Addiction: It's a Brain Thing," which describes the complexities of the brain in layman's terms. If you would like hard copies of this brochure, please contact BDAS Health Promotion Advisor Randy Moser.
Welcome to Raymond School District's new Superintendent, Tina McCoy!  “I was drawn to Raymond,” she said of her new post. “I know that finding the right fit in a job is very important, and I like the community connections here. I think it’s a really good work environment. I want to build on the good things they’ve done here.” Read the full article at Raymond Area News.
Youth Action groups are starting back up the first week of September at both the Middle and High Schools. We welcome new members!
LEAP / 21ST Century Community Learning Centers after school program registration for the 2017-2018 school year is now open. The 21st Century After School Program has a partnership as a 4-H Afterschool Program with UNH Cooperative Extension. All children are eligible to be enrolled on a voluntary basis and will receive information regarding available youth development activities. Click here for information about the programs and to register.
October will be here before we know it and planning has already begun for our upcoming 5th Annual Substance Misuse Prevention Summit. It's happening on October 20th. October is Substance Misuse Prevention Month. It's the perfect month to showcase the efforts and accomplishments in our community, and beyond, as well as provide up-to-date education and information regarding keeping our youth and community safe and drug-free. 

Our guest speaker this year will be Dr. Kevin Sabet, former White House drug policy advisor and co-founder of SAM (Smart Approaches To Marijuana) Seating is by invitation only as space is limited.  We of course want our RCFY advocates to be a part of the morning however.  If you want to make sure you are included on the guest list please contact Celeste with you name, email, phone and address so an invitation will be sent.
If you or someone you care about needs support please remember and share the NH Substance Misuse Support Help Line, available (24/7): 1-844-711-4357

We thank you for being an ally and an advocate in Prevention work in our community.

 
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,  
September 14, 2017, 9 - 10:30 am 
Lamprey Health Care

Thank you to Hannaford for Muffins and coffee available!

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

Connect with our Google Community Events Calendar

 
***Please note our new number***  (603) 895-7061
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
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
Joscalyn Gallo - Middle School Youth Leader
Rachael Cormier - High School Youth Leader

Copyright © 2017 Raymond Coalition For Youth, All rights reserved.



  • Press Releases: 

  • 08/03/17 - Leaders Meet to Discuss Recovery Service Options for Raymond NH
  • 06/29/2017 - CADCA, Coalitions in Action - RCFY
  • 06/28/2017 - Raymond Coalition For Youth tackles NH #1 Substance Misuse issue – Alcohol
  • 06/14/2017 - Buyers Beware

  • Previous Newsletters:

  • 2017:

  • 08/07/2017 - AUG. Interview/Invite/Updates/No Meeting
  • 07/27/2017 - RCFY in Atlanta, GA!
  • 07/11/2017 - Thursday happenings, Thanks & Congrats
  • 06/30/2017 - Happy 4th!
  • 06/22/2017 - Summer Fun & $5,000 - Wow!
  • 06/09/2017 - 13 Reasons Why - Resources
  • 06/07/2017 - NH Gives - Support RCFY now until 6pm Tonight!
  • 05/16/2017 - National Prevention Week
  • 05/04/2017 - Tonight - Don't miss it!
  • 04/28/2017 - Thank you & keep our fish safe
  • 03/31/2017 - They're Here
  • 03/29/2017 - Spring Has Sprung
  • 03/07/2017 - March Madness: This Week & Beyond
  • 02/28/2017 - Ticket issues, oh, oh!
  • 02/23/2017 - Time is almost up! Friendly Reminder
  • 02/17/2017 - FFN tonight! FREE! Pass it on 
  • 02/14/2017 - $5 off Last Minute Valentine
  • 02/06/2017 - Thurs & things
  • 01/27/2017 - So much exciting stuff
  • 01/09/2017 - January RCFY Meeting
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