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
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 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
REACH is sponsored by the Bernards Township Youth
Services Commission, Municipal Alliance, and the Somerset County Board
of Chosen Freeholders.
The MA is administered by The Bernards Township Health Department
Copyright © 2010 The Bernards Township Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse