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June 29, 2017 - Feeling very proud of our amazing young leaders!! Featured in the CADCA newsletter this week. This goes worldwide!

Coalitions in Action: Raymond Coalition for Youth

In New Hampshire, substance misuse affects many young people, who have family and friends that struggle with addiction, and in some cases, have lost their struggle. They see and feel the real impact of substance misuse and want to do their best to prevent others from this pain.

“Our young people decide the topics to address; marijuana and prescription medicine misuse are their primary concern,” said Celeste Clark, Executive Director at Raymond Coalition for Youth. “They want adults to know marijuana is harmful and often leads to young people moving onto stronger drugs. They have worked with the recovery community on several occasions and every time they learn that people, as teens, experimented with alcohol, moved to marijuana and eventually onto prescription drugs.”

The Raymond Coalition for Youth is located in Raymond, New Hampshire, a small rural community of approximately 10,200 people. In 2017, the coalition is celebrating 15 years of service, programming, and messaging. Through monthly networking, sharing, and learning meetings every month, coalition members have a chance to forge relationships with local, regional and state-wide partners. The meetings provide opportunity to connect with services and a consistent, reliable method to absorb information about the community’s issues.

However, the coalition notes that their biggest success is the involvement of youth. “We offer Youth Action groups at both our middle and high school. We have had literally hundreds of students who have been a part of these groups,” said Clark. “To quote a student, ‘RCFY is about kids and adults working together to make our community a better place.’”

Youth Action groups created videos to show their community the dangers of substance misuse and abuse. The middle school developed Side Effects Not Intended while the high school created Pill Pressure. The videos premiered at a film festival the coalition hosted.

Clark notes that the community is more likely to pay attention when young people speak up. The result? The Youth Risk Behavior study found that in the past 10 years, past 30-day rates of use for alcohol has decreased by 23 percent; marijuana by 5 percent.

“Involve your young people,” said Clark. “Ask them about the issues that are important to them and most importantly, listen to what they say. As adults, we can work with them and guide their great ideas into action. Having adults that care about what they have to say inspires young people to get involved."

June 28, 2017:

Raymond Coalition For Youth tackles NH #1 Substance Misuse issue – Alcohol

Pictured:  Celeste Clark, RCFY Executive Director, Youth Action members: Jacob Rubin, Tim Carta, Joscalyn Gallo, Rachael Cormier, Savanna Cooney and Christine Bostaph, RCFY Program Coordinator.

The Raymond Coalition For Youth and partners tackle underage drinking prevention.


Although the current opioid epidemic has gotten everyone’s attention we recognize that we need to focus on prevention efforts and where addiction gets its hold on people.  The overwhelming majority of people in recovery who share their story say it started when they were teens and they got their hands on alcohol or marijuana.


NH, out of all the fifty states, has the highest rates of alcohol use (as percent of population) according to 2017 Family prosperity index. 


RCFY is working hard with NH Liquor Enforcement and our local grocery stores and liquor stores in both Raymond and Epping, to raise awareness.  It is illegal to provide alcohol to a minor.  A minor is anyone under the age of 21. 


In the past few weeks, as graduation parties, holidays and cook out season is here, RCFY Youth Action students have visited local stores and applied stickers to alcohol products to let consumers know that it is unlawful to provide alcohol to a minor, punishable by up to a year in jail and up to  a $2,000 fine. 


In addition, local liquor stores have posted signs, and put flyers in bags, to remind consumers of the laws as well. 


To prevent underage drinking our communities need to work together.  We appreciate our businesses and law enforcement partners working with us in these efforts. 


Other tips for preventing underage drinking include limiting access to alcohol by locking it up, or keep it in a location where you know how much there is if any should happen to go missing.  Practice responsible alcohol use, especially around young adults and children.  Remember, they are always watching and learning from the behaviors of the adults who they care about.   This includes drinking and driving.


Visit for information about liquor laws and how to keep our young people and home owners, safe and from getting into trouble with the law.  There are also talking tips for talking prevention with children, teens and young adults and many other helpful resources.


As summer approaches, school is out and many young adults are looking for things do to.  We hope you will join us in reminding them that you do not need alcohol to have fun or enjoy your time with friends and family.  There are many forms of entertainment and activities in the beautiful state of NH.


If you, or someone you care about has a substance misuse issue please call the NH State addiction and crisis help line.  People care and want to help.  1-844-711-4357

June 22, 2017:
Summer Fun & $5,000 - Wow!
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Happy Summer! We have some exciting things to share with you this morning, including breaking news here at RCFY!
  • Congrats to our 2017 RCFY Scholarship recipients
  • Sign up for Summer Recreation
  • Summer Fun/Concert Series
  • Library
  • Buyers Beware
  • Farmers Market
  • Raymond Baptist Church Summer Fun Nights for Youth
  • Annual Raymond Town Fair, calling all volunteers!
  • Summer fun, healthy choices & safety tips
  • June & July RCFY Monthly meeting info, and...
  • Breaking News! $5,000 - Wow!
Congratulations to our 2017 RCFY Scholarship recipients!
We are happy to present Miss Joscalyn Gallo and Miss Grace Woolson with scholarships of $1,000 each.  They have both been a part of RCFY for the past SIX years and have been a tremendous voice for the youth in our community. They are true examples of Youth in Action.  Congratulations to them both!  They have already made a difference in our world and we look forward to seeing where their paths will take them. 


Raymond Recreation: Summer Playground: Registration is still open! Sign up by tomorrow, Friday June 23, to avoid a late fee. Activities every day for students while parents work during the summer, including different daily activities, optional weekly field trips and trips to NH State Parks.
Join us on Thursday evenings on the town common this summer for concerts, and fun family activities. We are partnering up with Raymond Recreation and Friends of Raymond Recreation for the full 8 weeks this year! Every Thursday between June 29 and August 24 (except July 6th, due to the Town Fair), from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Farmer's Market happens from 3-6pm. Food will be for sale by Raymond Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts & Crew 795. In case of rain, join us at Raymond High School. Check out our Facebook Events or Google Calendar for more details on the names of the Bands that will be playing, and any other info. See you there!

Dudley-Tucker Library Summer Reading Program - Registration dates will be from June 26th through July 14th, with the program ending on August 4th. Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? Come to the Dudley-Tucker Library and join our summer reading program. The theme this year is “Build a Better World”.  All Raymond children, ages 3 through grade 6 may participate. For more information please see this great informative article on the Raymond Area News website.

Alcohol misuse is a major public health concern in NH, right here in Raymond. What can you do to help? Here are some tips: 
  • Read and share our Buyers Beware Flyer (above).
  • Share your voice and your concern that you perceive it as wrong for adults (anyone over the age of 21) to provide alcohol to a minor(anyone under the age of 21).
  • Provide a safe, friendly and inviting environment for young adults to enjoy themselves and promote substance-free fun.  Encourage other adults to do the same.
  • Talk about the risks associated with underage drinking – vehicle accidents, unwanted sexual activity, possible pregnancy, physical assaults, alcohol poisoning, addiction.
  • Report to the Raymond Police Department when you hear about the possibility of a party, where alcohol or other drugs could be provided to a minor, taking place 895-4747.  If it hasn’t happened - they can try to prevent it from happening; if it is happening - you could potentially save a life!  This can be done anonymously. 
  • Learn the specifics of the NH Party Host Liability Law.
June 8th through August 31st, Thursdays from 3-6pm, on the Raymond Town Commons. "The farmers market is a social gathering for the community to have positive interactions with the source of local food products and crafters as well as encourage healthy food choices and a positive sense of community."
Raymond Baptist Church has some great Summer Youth events coming up. All events are for students in 6th - 12th grades. Click the flyer, and contact Matt Chouinard via e-mail or phone: 895-2859, for more info:
Annual Raymond Town Fair: July 7, 8 & 9, 2017, on the town common: 

Calling all Volunteers! RCFY is accepting volunteer sign-ups now for our RCFY Community Info booth, from Friday afternoon through Sunday early evening, of 2 hour time slots. Please contact Christine Bostaph via e-mail or call her at 895-7062, to sign up. Thank you!
Summer is a time of so many possibilities! Take it from this list from our Youth Action students, there are so many options to make healthy choices, have fun, and stay away from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. For more inspiration and information, check out Parenting NH's great Guide to Summer in NH.  For 4th of July firework safety please note the National Council on Fireworks Safety Common Sense Tips link for Staying Safe during Holiday Celebrations. Here's another great NH Parenting article to share with you about general Summer Safety Tips.
We had a great June Monthly Community Networking Meeting! We are grateful to Laura Milliken, Stephany Shaheen and Shannon McCullough from Spark NH for coming and giving a very informative and interesting presentation on Early Childhood Development and Education. They shared a great resource for parents, an app that helps give tips to parents for early childhood development, called Vroom, and more information can be found at their website.  Read our June meeting minutes here

Join us for our July 13th meeting – Ann Duckless of NAMI – NH is joining us for updates on Suicide prevention.
Breaking news...

Yesterday, we got to talk to Governor Chris Sununu about the great work WE are doing working together here in Town of Raymond, New Hampshire AND then Walmart surprised us with a $5,000 CHECK to continue our great work!! RCFY is about community-building, partnerships and working together. We appreciate and value everyone who is a part of our work because it takes us all to make a difference! Thank you!
The Opioid Epidemic continues to impact many individuals and families.  Please remember our RCFY website, 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

We thank you for being an ally and an advocate in Prevention work in our community and hope you have a safe and memorable summer,

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,  

July 13, 2017, 9 - 10:30 am 
Lamprey Health Care

Thank you to Hannaford for Muffins and coffee available!

Please note our future 2017 meeting dates: 
7/13, 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
Rick Alleva, UNH Cooperative Extension 
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.

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June 14, 2017:

June 9, 2017: 13 Reasons Why - Resources

Good Morning,
I hope this finds you well.  I wanted to follow up on a number of conversations I have had recently regarding the NetFlix series 13 Reasons Why.  These conversations have been with students, parents, community members and professionals.
There are a number of opinions, and thoughts, on the series from many in the community and beyond. As adults it does not matter if we like the series, or agree or disagree with it. The important take away is that our young people are watching this series and they are talking about it. If they are lucky they have adults in their lives who they can talk about it with. 
We do not have any control over regulating who can watch the show, or what age is appropriate to watch it. We can however respond with resources, encourage conversations and most importantly, listen to the thoughts our young people have about the series, and debrief it with them. For them, the ones I have spoken with, this show is their reality, these are the experiences they can relate to and issues they deal with. Teaching them coping skills and letting them know how to connect a friend with help is something we do have control over. 
I wanted to share the Suicide Prevention Resource Center at Education Development Center, Inc. has put together a helpful resource page to navigate these discussions. They have resources for students, parents, administrators, our media partners, prevention professionals and more.
It is important to note that talking about suicide does not promote it, in fact it is just the opposite. Talking about suicide can open up a conversation to  help connect someone to services to get help.
RCFY offers trainings in the Connect suicide prevention model of NAMI- NH (National Alliance for Mental Illness)  If you would like awareness posters or magnets, or would like to host a training at your location, please contact our office to discuss more.
I want to express a special thank you to you for your commitment to our young people and their safety. 
I hope you have a nice, sunny, weekend,
Celeste Clark, Executive Director
Raymond Coalition For Youth 

The Raymond Coalition For Youth empowers the community to promote positive youth development and reduce youth substance use, and suicide risk.
Copyright © 2017 Raymond Coalition For Youth, All rights reserved. 

  • Previous Newsletters:

  • 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
  • 12/27/2016 - Great Reflections!
  • 12/20/2016 - The Best Gift Ever
  • 12/14/2016 - Save a Life Tonight, Stress, Amazing Youth and more... 
  • 12/05/2016 - Thurs. 9 am & a sock full
  • 11/28/2016 - Giving Tuesday is Tomorrow
  • 11/22/2016 - Our Turkeys are the best!
  • 11/18/2016 - Thank you & Welcome!
  • 11/02/2016 - Thank you - Summit Follow up
  • 10/25/2016 - RRW, Congrats & MORE!
  • 10/17/2016 - Wrap up & Drugs?
  • 10/07/2016 - October is Substance Misuse Prevention Month
  • 09/27/2016 - Join RCFY at the Deerfield Fair
  • 09/16/2016 - September is National Recovery Month
  • 09/12/2016 - Anonymous $30,000!
  • 09/06/2016 - Thurs. 9am. Lamprey Health Care
  • 08/30/2016 - We won! Hannaford donates $30,000
  • 08/23/2016 - Back to School 
  • 08/09/2016 - No August meeting
  • 07/27/2016 - RCFY Summer Series, Carnival Night - Tomorrow evening - Join us!
  • 07/22/2016 - Congratulations!
  • 07/15/2016 - What do you think?
  • 07/12/2016 - Thursday, double duty ~ we're hiring, too!
  • 06/25/2016 - Summer in Full Swing at RCFY
  • 06/03/2016 - NH Gives - One Day of Giving, June 7th
  • 05/27/2016 - I'll Never Do That & News
  • 04/29/2016 - Where, What & How... 
  • 04/22/2016 - Got Drugs? Clean up and more...
  • 04/01/2016 - April 7th, 14th & more news and events
  • 03/16/2016 - Youth in Action!
  • 03/07/2016 - March news & events!
  • 02/25/2016 - Gala Auction/Prize List
  • 02/10/2016 - This is the week
  • 01/22/2016 - We need you
  • 01/11/2016 - January Events & Resources

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  • 12/31/2015 – Save the Date, 3/5, for 3rd Annual Gala
  • 12/21/2015 – Merry, Happy, Joyous, Thank You!
  • 12/16/2015 – Dec. awareness & resources
  • 12/01/2015 – Giving Tuesday – Prevention Presentations
  • 11/24/2015 – RCFY Newsletter
  • 11/19/2015 – Nov. New, Events & Updates
  • 11/05/2015 – Busting Pot Culture
  • 10/23/2015 – Tie One on, Oct. 23rd – 31st
  • 10/20/2015 – R.C.F. YOUTH Success!!
  • 10/02/2015 – October is….. see you on the 8th
  • 09/23/2015 – Got Drugs? 9/26, 10-2, RPD
  • 09/08/2015 – Great news~ Thank you to you!
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