About the Rockville Centre Coaliton for Youth

Our Mission:

The Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth has as its principal mission the reduction of substance abuse, with a primary focus on reducing youth substance abuse. Its mission is to plan and implement strategies to prevent and reduce youth substance use and its associated consequences.

In August of 2014 many Rockville Centre community groups, after working together for years to address the problems with teen substance abuse, formally became a Coalition, literally “an alliance for combined action,” and  together filed a grant application to bring federal funding from the Drug Free Communities grant program into the Village of Rockville Centre.

Members of the RVC Youth Council, Inc., an independent, teen focused not for profit, which was founded by independent community members and teens to provide safe substance-free activities and programming for our teens, wrote the grant, and in September of 2015 the RVC Youth Council, Inc., as legal representative for the Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth, was awarded a Drug Free Communities grant worth $125,000 every year for five years.   The RVC Youth Council, Inc. has worked closely with strong anti-substance abuse organizations from Rockville Centre School District, including the PTA’s Drug and Alcohol Task Force, SADD and Youth Decide.
The Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth formally brought together representatives from all the required DFC sectors, including the RVC School District, our parents, our youth, the RVC Police Department, substance abuse prevention centers, including Confide Counseling; Mercy Medical Center, the RVC Lions Club, the RVC Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Brotherhood, the Economic Opportunity Commission (EOC), the RVC Herald newspaper, the RVC Recreation Center, our local religious institutions including St. Agnes Cathedral, the Vineyard Church, and Temple B’nai Sholom-Beth David, the Martin Luther King Center, and the Economic Opportunity Commission .  All are welcome to join our Coalition.  Contact us at info@rvccoalitionforyouth.org if you would like more information.

impactAs part of the DFC grant approval, the Coalition has embarked on its 12-month action plan, and is already working to use environmental strategies to change social norms, to educate our community about the inherent dangers of drug and alcohol abuse by teens.   The Rockville Centre Coalition has joined the global membership organization CADCA, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, and members have  participated in two weeks of intensive trainings, and are scheduled for five more weeks this year alone.  We have already begun work on community-wide anti-drug initiatives, including a sticker shock campaign, highlighting the dangers of underage alcohol and drug use, and the consequences, a billboard, presentations to parents and teens from nationally known anti-drug professionals, and in-school workshops aimed at educating our young people about the real dangers of underage drug and alcohol abuse.