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Raymond Coalition For Youth Attends CADCA’S Training Institute to Learn Strategies to Keep Youth Drug Free    7-25-17

Representatives from the Raymond Coalition For Youth joined nearly 2,000 substance use prevention and treatment specialists from around the world for CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) 16th annual Mid-Year Training Institute in Atlanta, Georgia.

This year RCFY is excited to be presenting a class to other coalition
leaders and sharing information and ideas that will help them in their
communities to increase community collaboration and reduce youth substance
misuse.

The week-long training, held at the Marriott Marquis, will teach
participants how to address one of our nation’s biggest public health
challenges – drug use. CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute is a
one-of-a-kind intensive training opportunity, offering more than 100
ninety-minute, half-day and full day courses geared towards helping
participants find solutions to their community’s toughest substance use
problems.

"The Mid-Year is a unique professional development opportunity for anyone
trying to prevent and reduce drug use, and its related problems, in their
community,” said Gen. Arthur T. Dean, CADCA's Chairman and CEO. “After four
days of intensive training, participants will return to their communities
with new skills and strategies, and a clearer roadmap to create
environments where young people can thrive.”

CADCA’s Mid-Year will cover a wide range of topics, such as how to prevent
prescription drug abuse, create tobacco-free environments, reduce impaired
driving and develop policies to reduce marijuana use. The coalition
representatives will hear from several federal leaders, including Acting
Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Richard Baum, Acting
Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration Chuck Rosenberg, and
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration Kana Enomoto.

We are committed to a safe and drug-free community is one of the most
successful campaigns RCFY has run. Its success depends upon the community,
the community that is the heart of all RCFY does to make a difference.
RCFY is not one person, one organization or one program. RCFY is our
community working together to promote a healthy happy environment for our
youth and community.

“I would not be the person I am today if not for the very people who are in
RCFY. I would and do tell so many people about the impact this group has
had on my life. RCFY is a life changer, in more ways than anyone can
understand.” Youth Action member.

RCFY is celebrating fifteen successful years of promoting positive choices
for youth.

To learn more visit www.rcfy.org or check us out on social
media. Need more info or have questions? Contact us by email at info@rcfy.org or call 603-895-7061.


Raymond Coalition for Youth Staff and Board of Directors Learn New Skill To Reduce Youth Drug Use
Submitted by Celeste Clark   2-12-14

Representatives from Raymond Coalition for Youth headed to Washington, D.C. area to join more than 2,500 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) 24th Annual National Leadership Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 4 through Friday, Feb. 7.

"We are so excited to be able to spend several days with other similar organizations from across the country, learning and improving our prevention skills so our community can be a better place, one that doesn't suffer from the harms of drug and alcohol abuse," says Celeste Clark, Raymond Coalition for Youth Executive Director.  "We are returning home reenergized and looking forward to working with our community members and partners with proven successful strategies under our belt to tackle drug and alcohol misuse in Raymond."

"One of our biggest areas of concern, as shown in our most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey, is the falling rates of perception of risk.  There is a direct connection to rising rates of misuse of these substances when youth report that they do not think there is harm from use.  Together we need to address these issues, start talking and making sure it is clear that there is harm, in many ways, from youth use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. 

CADCA's Forum covered a wide range of topics - everything from how to prevent prescription drug abuse and the abuse of synthetic drugs like bath salts and K2 to how to create tobacco-free environments and develop policies to reduce underage and excessive drinking. 

 

     

 

RCFY has recently impacted the community by working with our RCFY Youth Action group who are especially concerned with the current legislation around Marijuana.  These young people see firsthand the impacts Marijuana has on their peers and family members who might abuse.  They expressed their concern to our Representative and their voices were heard in Concord when Representative Kappler announced on the floor that he had been contacted by youth and asked NOT to support HB 492. 

In addition RCFY is supporting these young people in their efforts to promote a smoke free Town common and Riverside park.  This warrant article will be on our town ballot in March.

RCFY members also meet with our U.S. representatives and senators at the CADCA Forum's Capitol Hill Day event on Wednesday, Feb. 5.  Our message was passed on to Sen. Ayotte and Shaheens staff of the importance of supporting grants such as the Drug Free Communities grant to help us to continue the RCFY mission.

Our group met with Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter and we were very excited to have a conversation about the important issues of substance abuse prevention and mental health services for all members of NH.  Our Congresswoman is on top of these issues and commended the work of RCFY and the value it brings to Raymond and our youth and families.  

CADCA's National Leadership Forum, the nation's largest training conference for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers.

To learn more about RCFY please visit our website www.rcfy.org or check us out on social media such as Facebook, twitter and our YouTube video page.  

We would also like to invite you to our next RCFY community meeting on March 13, 9 - 10:30 at Lamprey Health Care. 

 


Raymond Coalition for Youth To Attend National Substance Abuse Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C.
Submitted by Celeste Clark 1-31-13

Representatives from the Raymond Coalition for Youth are headed to the Washington, D.C. area to join more than 2,000 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) 23rd Annual National Leadership Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 4 through Friday, Feb. 7.

"We are so excited to be able to spend a few days with other similar rganizations from across the country, learning and honing our prevention skills to bring back to our community and share with the members of RCFY. Together we can strategize ways of implementing the great programs that can be of benefit to our students, families and communities to hopefully prevent the harmful effects and suffering that come from the misuse of drugs and alcohol abuse," says Celeste Clark, Executive Director "We know we will come "

CADCA's Forum will cover a wide range of topics - including how to prevent prescription drug abuse,  how to create tobacco-free environments,  develop policies to reduce underage and excessive drinking.  There will also be classes associated with involving the community, especially the youth, in

In addition to participating in workshops and plenary sessions with experts
at the local, state and federal level, the coalition also plans to participate in state-wide meetings and a special session on marijuana legalization and medical marijuana at CADCA's Forum.

The coalition has recently impacted the community by working together to bring a playground to Riverside Park.  This playground not only provides a wonderful place for families to go and enjoy quality time together but also increase the amount of people in a great outdoor space, essentially reducing the remoteness of the location and the likelihood of it being misused.

The coalition also will meet with their U.S. representatives and senators at
the Forum's Capitol Hill Day event on Wednesday, Feb. 6.  We have appointments scheduled with Senator Shaheen and Representative Kelly Ayotte we are also trying to arrange a meeting with Carol Shea- Porter

CADCA's National Leadership Forum, the nation's largest training conference for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers and SAMHSA's 9th Prevention Day, will take place at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center Feb. 4-7. Visit the Forum website for details about workshops and speakers at http://forum.cadca.org/.

The Raymond Coalition for Youth has been working in and with the community of Raymond since 2004 when a dedicated group of people came together to work and support our youth.  Information reported that many of our youth were engaging in risky behaviors associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.  Together the community has come together and worked to create programming and awareness to address these issues and our numbers have come down significantly.   We recognize that there is always more work to do but together we make a difference and an impact.  To learn more visit our website www.rcfy.org or check us out on Facebook and twitter.

Would you like to get more involved?  Join us at a monthly meeting; the next one is February 14, 2013, 9 - 10:30 at Lamprey Health Care in Raymond or you can also sign up for our newsletter. 

Bringing Positive Choices full Circle! www.rcfy.org

 

 

 

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