Every year thousands of New Hampshire youth make a choice—a choice to use or not use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. CADY’s mission is to help our local youth make healthy and safe choices by working with schools, parents, youth, and communities to prevent and reduce youth alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and to promote healthy environments and promising futures. Substance abuse is a serious health and safety risk for our children and communities. Prevention is one of the most important, cost effective practices to address the problem. Prevention is simply protecting what we value most: our children, and our community, from the harmful effects of illegal drugs and crime.
Since April of 2000, CADY a non-profit organization, has served 17 rural towns in Central New Hampshire in various prevention capacities. Our focus is comprehensive, outcome-based substance abuse prevention via extensive collaborations, implementation of environmental prevention strategies, and evidence-based programming. From 2003 through 2013 CADY was a 10-year Drug Free Communities grantee and currently serves as the Central NH Substance Misuse Prevention Coalition for the NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services. Please see the CADY FACT SHEET click here for more information.
Our coalition is comprised of three school districts, community partners and members from 12 core sectors including law enforcement, guidance counselors, teachers, parents, the district court, recreation groups, youth and community centers, health and medical clinics, higher education, the arts, the media, local churches, and many other partners.
CADY is located at 94 Highland Street in Plymouth, New Hampshire. We continue to support local efforts in the towns of Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Campton, Ellsworth, Groton, Hebron, Holderness, Lincoln, Livermore, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Waterville Valley, Wentworth and Woodstock to reduce and prevent youth alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and to promote healthy environments and promising futures for our local youth.
CHECK THE STATS NH
Introducing the new substance misuse campaign from the State of NH’s Partnership for a Drug-Free NH.
Alcohol and drug use amongst youth is a significant issue in New Hampshire. Here you will find the information you need to stay informed about the drug and alcohol problems facing the young people of the Granite State and the tools to help keep your kids safe. Did you know that as a parent or caregiver you may have the most influence in your teen or tween’s decision making? Studies show that kids who learn about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use drugs and alcohol than those who do not. For more information, please visit: http://www.checkthestatsnh.org/
When we think of those in our community who make a difference for children and youth, we think of you. Your past contributions have helped CADY touch the lives of hundreds of youth—whether they faced an urgent need, or simply sought to improve the quality of their lives and futures. During this season of giving, we are hopeful you will again consider a gift to CADY.
Your gift is extremely important, because it provides needed resources that make an immediate impact—helping CADY provide the vital opportunities that change lives through educating, engaging, and empowering youth. In the enclosed flier you will see local students participating in skill-building activities as part of youth conferences and youth enrolled in our acclaimed LAUNCH Youth Entrepreneurship and Youth Advisory & Advocacy Council (YAAC) programs—both proven effective at developing goal setting, strong leadership skills, and life success. Most importantly, outcomes have shown that youth who participate in our ongoing programs are significantly less likely to engage in substance abuse and other high-risk behaviors. We believe the following protective factors contribute to the confidence, resiliency, and healthy decision making of LAUNCH and YAAC youth: ongoing connections with positive adult role models; participation in engaging learning and social activities; meaningful community service opportunities and real-world skills development and paid summer employment at Frosty Scoops through our collaboration with the Common Man Inn.
Presently CADY’s greatest need for funds is attached to our region’s youth with the greatest need. For confidentiality reasons we cannot show you the faces of the 115 youth who have transformed their lives as a result of their experience with Restorative Justice. We know that most youth who find themselves in trouble lack strong connections to caring adults and sufficient involvement in positive activities. The following youth comment emphasizes this point: Nearing the conclusion of a 6-month reparative process, this 10-year old referred on multiple offenses, was told by Tim Tyler, Restorative Justice Coordinator, “You’ve done a great job and will complete your reparative contract just after school starts.” The reply:
“Bummer, I like this program—I think you are cool—you are the only adult who has ever spent any time with me.”
Our Restorative Justice Program uses a developmental approach to accountability providing a second chance to good kids who have made bad choices.
Through active participation, education, pro-social connections, relationship building, and restitution, at-risk youth take responsibility for their actions, develop respect for themselves and others, and turn their lives around—justice is served and lives are reclaimed—a powerful win/win for all concerned.
Our energy and commitment to continuing our important work is strong. We believe every child deserves the opportunity to live up to their full potential and we dedicate ourselves to that end.
Thank you for your consideration—we promise you, your contribution in any amount will make a world of difference. On behalf of our staff, board, and the children we serve, we wish you the happiest of holidays and the very best in the New Year!
Michael Conklin, Board Chair, CADY
Debra A. Naro, Executive Director, CADY
"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future."
CREATING COMMUNITY CHANGE
In 2012-2013, CADY served over 10,000 Children, Youth, and Adults
Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Campton, Danbury, Ellsworth, Groton, Hebron, Holderness, Lincoln, New Hampton, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Waterville Valley, Wentworth, and Woodstock.
PROVIDING COMMUNITY EDUCATION, POSTITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS, TRAININGS, AND OUTREACH TO PREVENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND TO BUILD HEALTHY FOUNDATIONS AND PROMISING FUTURES FOR THE YOUTH OF CENTRAL NEW HAMPSHIRE SINCE 1999.
Since 2005, 200 youth have been educated and engaged by this nationally-recognized program with year-round skill building, leadership development, and paid summer employment. The LAUNCH is the sole youth employment program in central New Hampshire.
Since 2007, 100 youth have been given a 2nd chance to take responsibility for their actions, make restitution to victims, reconnect with community and turn their lives around. This NH accredited program has a 93% success rate in promoting growth and lasting behavioral change.
The Program is top notch and your success rate is phenomenal. Keep up the excellent work.” —Endorsement from a Victim of Juvenile Crime
Since 2009, 75 youth have served as leaders in prevention and mentors who influence positive change with their peers and in their community.
“Information is Power”
Since 1999, CADY has been turning problems into solutions by shattering myths about illicit substances with science-based facts, programs, trainings, policy development, education and youth initiatives.
Marijuana Policy: Informing a Smart Approach
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