Prevention begins with awareness achieved through community outreach and education, media campaigns, and speaking events.
Prevention continues with building skills and providing support achieved through implementing evidence-based programs, prevention counseling, advocacy, broad-based coalition building, alcohol and drug-free activities, and cultural competency.
Prevention is most effective when we change community conditions that contribute to underage drinking and drug use. We achieve this by reducing access to alcohol and illegal dugs through community partnerships and initiatives, policy change, and enforcement.

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.

In the News

Tracy Kolsin: Coalition Member Spotlight | 01/18/2024

This quarter’s coalition member spotlight is on Tracy Kolsin. Tracy has been with the Town of Southampton Youth Bureau for 21 years and was named Youth Bureau Director last year.
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RYC Preventing Youth Substance Use | 12/20/2023

The Riverhead Youth Coalition (RYC) is preventing youth substance use through new partnerships and projects. RYC is a group of Riverhead students in grades 7-12 who develop and implement community initiatives
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Phillips Avenue 2023 School Supply Donation | 12/20/2023

Riverhead CAP once again coordinated the 2023 school supply donation for students at Phillips Avenue Elementary School. This year, the donation was increased to $5,000. CAP President Brian Stark and
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Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. (CAP) does not charge for our services, but we depend on the generous support from our friends and neighbors to meet the growing need for drug and alcohol prevention and school-based counseling programs in the Riverhead community. Please consider making a donation by clicking on the button below. Thank you.
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Since 1982, CAP Volunteers have provided the CAP Drug and Alcohol Prevention Education Program (Life Skills) for 5th and 6th grade  students at Pulaski Street Elementary School. CAP currently needs adult Volunteers to help teach our Pulaski Street School Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program. No experience is necessary! Free education and training provided.

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