Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc.


A Drug-Free Communities Coalition
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Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. (CAP) is a non-profit community-based organization founded in 1979 by volunteers to address growing problems caused by alcohol and other drugs within the Riverhead schools and community. Today, CAP is the major provider of drug and alcohol prevention, counseling and community coalition services in the Riverhead Central School District and community.   
What's Happening: Fall 2015

Pre-Prom Red Carpet Photos Now Available for Free Download!

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Riverhead Community Awareness Program would like to thank the Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) Health Foundation, Riverhead Central School District and volunteers from the Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth for making this event a success.

Riverhead CAP would like to thank everyone who came out to

support our students and community at the

30th Annual Say NO To Drugs March!


Watch the video here.

Project Fit America's 2014 Teacher of the Year Samantha Heidtmann (far right), with (from left) students from Mrs. Belmonte's class, Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter, and US Congressman Lee Zeldin at this year's CAP March.

Watch the Pulaski Street "Let's Move!" video here.

Watch Samantha Heidtmann's inspirational address to the students here.

Let's Move!

Pre-Prom Reception and Summer Sendoff Campaign to Keep Youth Safe, Alcohol-Free and Drug-Free

To view and download hi-res photos from the event, visit www.flickr.com/photos/riverheadcap or click the image above.
Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. (CAP), in partnership with Riverhead High School and the Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) Health Foundation, is coordinating An Evening Under the Stars, A Pre-Prom Reception on Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 5:00 to 6:00 PM at Riverhead High School, prior to the Senior Prom. This event, for prom attendees, family and community members, will feature photo opportunities on the Red Carpet and entertainment. It is designed to show support for our High School Seniors to have fun while remaining safe, drug- and alcohol-free. To read the full article click here. To access parent resources, click here.
First Annual Drug Take-Back Drive-Through Event Nets 102 Pounds of Drugs
Riverhead CAP youth volunteers and police officers with NYS Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Jr. and Senator Kenneth LaValle with some of the medications collected.
Riverhead Police Department collected 102 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medications today at the first annual Drug Take-Back Drive-Through Event on May 16th. This brings the total number of drugs collected to 502 pounds since the permanent drop box was installed at the Riverhead Police Department in August, according to Officer Rick Anderson who is in charge of property and evidence and maintains the collection log. The Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth coordinated the event. Click here to read the full article on RiverheadLocal.com.
Bowling Bonanza 2015: Thanks to everyone who once again helped make this year's fundraiser a tremendous success! Special thanks to our event sponsors Glenwood Village, NSA Insurance, Farm Country Kitchen, UA Labs and The Bridges Network. Click here to view the photos.

First Permanent Medication Drop Box Installed at Riverhead Police Department

Members of the Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth next to the new drop box

The first permanent medication drug drop box in Riverhead is located in the lobby of the Riverhead Police Department at 210 Howell Avenue. Residents will now be able safely and conveniently dispose of unused or unwanted medications that could otherwise end up in the hands of teens, addicts and criminals. Click here to read more.

Thanks to everyone who came out to support our youth and community at the

 29th Annual Say NO to Drugs March! Click here to watch the video.

Riverhead Police Officer Dennis Cavanagh with a Pulaski Student at the 2014 CAP March

Riverhead CAP Needs Volunteers!

Riverhead CAP is once again seeking Volunteers to teach our innovative Pulaski Street School Prevention Education Program, now in its 33rd year. For more information click here.

New Photos and Videos
Riverhead Community Coalition Training at Town Hall, August 1, 2014: Dr. Harold Holder, Senior Research Scientist and Former Director of The Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), joined us from California via live webinar to wrap up his year-long project with the coalition. Dr. Holder has provided technical assistance, demonstrating how we can develop and achieve short-term and long-term goals, and how we can measure and evaluate trends in our community. Click here to watch.
Night of Lights: 2014 Pre-Prom Photo-Op and Red Carpet Reception: This second annual event, sponsored by Peconic Bay Medical Center Health Foundation, was once again a tremendous success! Click here view and download the photos.
Underage Drinking Youth Town Hall Meeting Video: In this 20 minute video, Riverhead High School students talk about underage drinking in our community. What they say may surprise you. Click here to watch.
CAP Middle School Peer Leader Public Speaking Rap 2014: New Middle School Peer Leaders share what they have learned about public speaking at our Summer Workshop. Click here to watch.
Riverhead Peacemakers: Fourth grade students in Roanoke Ave. and Phillips Ave. Elementary Schools participate in Peacemakers, an anti-bullying club. Click here to watch.
Office of National Drug Control Policy Awards $625,000 to Riverhead Community Awareness Program to Prevent Youth Substance Use

Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. (CAP) has been awarded a $625,000 federal grant ($125,000 a year for five years) from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). On Friday September 6, 2013, ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske announced $19.8 million in new Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants to 147 communities across the country. The awards are in addition to the $59.4 million in continuation grants simultaneously released to 473 currently funded DFC coalitions. Riverhead CAP was awarded the grant on behalf of the Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth; the funds will be used to involve and engage the Riverhead community to prevent substance use among youth. Click here to read more.

Annual Report: Riverhead CAP enjoyed another successful year serving the Riverhead schools and community. A copy of our 2013-2014 Annual Report is available in our Document Library, here.