RAYMOND — Raymond Coalition for Youth is the proud recipient of a 2010 Drug Free Community Grant. So what does that mean?
The Drug Free Communities (DFC) program provides grants to community organizations that serve as catalysts for citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. Coalitions are comprised of diverse groups of people, including community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, health care and business professionals, law
enforcement, and the media.
There are two goals for this funding: to strengthen collaboration among youth, and over time, among adults by addressing community risk and protective factors to minimize substance abuse.
RCFY can not do this by ourselves and we hope that raising awareness to our work through this grant we will be able to involve more people in our work. There are many opportunities in this grant for people to get involved and learn more about RCFY and our efforts, some of which include: (1) our Annual Partner and Outreach event on
November 30th; (2) our monthly RCFY meeting to share information and resources; (3) joining our e-mail list for monthly e-news letters with information about collaboration and goals; (4) we can provide RCFY presentations of information and data at meetings in such venues as Parent Teacher Organization, Parent Student Organization, rotary, business leaders, Athletic Assoc., etc. Contact our office to learn more.
We will be implementing the "Communities that Care" (CTC) which will include educating key community leaders, parents, and youth in CTC model. We will be establishing a CTC committee and developing a community profile of risk and protective factors to address gaps. We will be hosting five community forums with parents, community members and leaders to share results of the profile.
We are very involved with the Raymond School District and this grant will allow us to work with the Lamprey River Elementary School guidance and health to ensure inclusion of prevention message in curriculum, offer "Project Alert" at the middle school, sponsor "Project Safeguard" for 7th graders, and provide universal strategies for "Project Success" at High School Strategy.