Riverhead CAP is looking for community volunteers to run a drug and alcohol prevention program in Pulaski Street

The Riverhead CAP is seeking community volunteers to help teach its “Drug and Alcohol Prevention Curriculum” to fifth and sixth grade students at Pulaski Street Elementary School for the 2022-2023 school year.

Designed to reduce the risk factors associated with the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, the program is led by community volunteers and student leaders from middle and high schools.

Lessons aim to help students develop social and emotional skills to make healthy choices, build positive friendships, and develop self-efficacy, communication, and resistance to peer pressure.

“We are grateful to the members of the community who volunteer their time to support this program,” said Felicia Scocozza, Executive Director of CAP. “Since 1982, we have seen this investment of time pay off enormously, both for the volunteers and for the community.

A total of eight sessions will take place on a monthly basis, with a total time commitment of approximately two to three hours per month during the school year. Volunteers are trained to teach the scripted program through a flexible training schedule.

“Our volunteers represent a diverse cross-section of the community who share a common interest in helping young people make healthy decisions,” said Cynthia Redmond, community prevention specialist at Riverhead CAP.

Jennifer Power, a long-time Riverhead CAP volunteer, described the interactions between the older students and the elementary students as “magical”.

“Younger students always listen carefully to their peer leaders when talking about topics such as the dangers of alcohol, vaping and drug use,” Power said. “Since the peer leaders are only a few years older, the impact they have on Pulaski students is obvious. I am constantly amazed at how this hour-long program has a real impact on the lives of every student, and I am honored to be a part of it.

For more information about the program or to register, contact Redmond at (631) 727-3722, email [email protected], or visit the Riverhead CAP website.

English and Spanish speaking volunteers are needed.

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