Ridge Education Action & Community Health


REACH is a youth leadership group based in Bernards Township. The mission of REACH (Ridge Education Action & Community Health) is to promote healthy lifestyle choices through an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug free lifestyle amongst Bernards Township Youth

  • Raise awareness of Natural Highs and other alternative activities.
  • Educate fellow youth about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  • Create positive change through leadership and self-acceptance.

Formerly known as Ridge Against Alcohol & Drugs (RAAD), REACH has been working in the Bernards Township community for over 20 years. REACH has always had the goal of preventing and reducing underage alcohol and drug use amongst Bernards Township youth, but has recently also become passionate about vaping prevention, de-stigmatizing mental health, and a focus on student stress.


REACH meets twice a month at the Bernards Township Community Center to plan programs and activities that are synergistic with their goals for the town they live in.

    REACH can be found at many events during the year including:
  • Back to School Night
  • Teen Volunteer Fair
  • Empowerment Day at WAMS
  • Pumpkins in the Park
  • Charter Day
  • Twilight Challenge 5K Race
  • Party in the Park Movie Night
  • National Night Out

REACH students attend the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute (LMTI) annually in August to learn leadership skills and form an action plan to bring back to Bernards Township. Students are nominated to attend LMTI in the early spring and invited to attend by the end of the school year.


In order to join REACH, a student must be a 9-12th grader that either attends school or resides in Bernards Township. Students are expected to want to enact positive change in the community through healthy lifestyle choices including being alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free. For more information, email advisor Kaitlin Cartoccio at Kcartoccio@bernards.org.

    REACH 2020-2021 Leadership
  • Co-Presidents: Andrew White & Alex Timoney
  • Secretary: Sanjiv Raghupathy
  • Youth Advisory Council Members (YACs): Andrew White, Abigail Phillips, Alex Timoney, Madison Clowes, Jack Rhead

REACH is sponsored by the Bernards Township Youth Services Commission, Municipal Alliance, and the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders.