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 and counseling services in the Riverhead Central School District.   
What's Happening: Summer 2014
NEW! 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 Announces Pre-Prom Event and Summer Sendoff Campaign to Keep Teens Safe, Alcohol-Free and Drug-Free


Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. (CAP), in partnership with Riverhead High School and the Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) Health Foundation, is once again coordinating a Pre-Prom Photo-Op and Red Carpet Reception on Thursday, June 26, 2014, from 5:00 to 6:00 PM prior to the Senior Prom. This year’s event will feature photo opportunities on the red carpet for prom attendees, families, and community members; it is designed to show support for our High School Seniors to have fun while remaining safe, drug- and alcohol-free.


“Last year’s Senior Pre-Prom Photo-Op and Reception was a huge success! It is our commitment to invest in the future of the youth in our community by addressing the issues of youth drinking, drug use, and driving behavior during the high risk social event of prom. By providing this platform we help keep them safe and give them an arena to create wonderful memories. We believe that as a community we can do more together,” said Demetrios Kadenas, Chief Development Officer, PBMC Health and Peconic Bay Medical Center, who is sponsoring the event.

Each year, 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related causes and more than 190,000 people under 21 visit and emergency room for alcohol-related injuries. Alcohol is the drug most abused by teens and causes more deaths in young people under 21 than all illegal drugs combined. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among young people 15 to 24 years of age and alcohol is implicated in a majority of these deaths, which is why Memorial Day through Labor Day is often referred to as the Hundred Deadliest Days for teen drivers and passengers. In addition, first time drug and alcohol use peaks for teens in summer.
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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

CAP's Bowling Bonanza 2014 Fundraiser was a tremendous success. Thanks to all of our sponsors and bowlers for their support! Click here to view the photos.

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.

Riverhead CAP Needs Volunteers!

Riverhead CAP is once again seeking Volunteers to teach our innovative Pulaski Street School Prevention Edication Program, now in its 32nd year. For more information click here.

Annual Report: Riverhead CAP enjoyed another successful year serving the Riverhead schools and community. A copy of our 2012-2013 Annual Report is available in our Document Library, here.