About New Castle United For Youth
New Castle United for Youth (“NCUFY”) was born from the Coalition For Youth (“CFY”) – a cross section of dedicated community members representing youth serving organizations who meet regularly to discuss positive youth development. In 2015, a small group of CFY members, working together, assembled the community resources to take action to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse in the community, through youth engagement, parent education and collaboration among community organizations working with youth. In September 2016, CFY was awarded a Drug Free Communities Grant, and NCUFY now meets monthly to assess needs and to create and implement prevention strategies.
Our mission is to create a supportive and interconnected community for New Castle youth and their families by building relationships and sharing our work with one another, addressing challenges that our youth face, including alcohol and other drug use, and collaborating to communicate our efforts with the larger community for the purpose of promoting a safe and healthy environment for our young people.
In our first year we are working to understand our community needs, to build capacity and to begin engaging youth. We are building upon past efforts to share information and to reduce substance use in our community through collaboration, education, positive messaging and alternative activities.
In preparation for applying for the DFC grant, in January, 2016 with funding from the Town of New Castle and the assistance of the CCSD, the Coalition conducted a “four core measures” youth survey. The results of that survey can be found here: January 2016 DFC Core Measures CCSD Students Survey Report.
The Coalition has partnered with other local coalitions and Youth to Youth International to harness the positive power of peer pressure and teach our youth how to become leaders, make positive choices and influence their peers. Nine Greeley students served as NCUFY interns this summer and four went to the Y2Y summer conference.
NCUFY recently completed its first year of funding under the federal Drug Free Communities program. As contemplated by the grant, NCUFY has prepared an annual report summarizing goals and objectives of our Action Plan and strategies and efforts to achieve them. To read the report, click here: New Castle United for Youth – Year 1 Annual Report.
This website was developed, in part, under grant number SP021434 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect those of ONDCP, SAMHSA, or HHS.