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To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to be great today and reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens tomorrow.

C.A.S.T is a chartered committee of the BGCSV dedicated to preventing substance abuse and promoting healthy choices for youth throughout the Souhegan Valley.

Our mission: To prevent substance misuse in the Souhegan Valley, promote healthy choices among youth, and educate, support and strengthen families.

The opioid epidemic is at an all time high in New Hampshire, and CAST works tirelessly to reach the children impacted by drug addiction and provide services for them. In addition to monthly Children’s Resiliency Retreats, which works with kids to help them understand substance abuse disorder and in turn, make healthy choices for themselves, CAST also focuses on adult and teen education through workshops and training sessions at schools, libraries, the BGCSV, and other community hubs.

Our History

C.A.S.T. began as a grassroots coalition in 2004 with two main goals: support prevention programs for youth and connect with parents that were struggling to handle teen substance abuse. The coalition started with a group of concerned parents and teens, today it has grown to be a local support system comprised of caring community members, with diverse backgrounds. Now, not only do we support substance misuse prevention programs, but we provide them as well. We have a strong focus on promoting healthy choices among youth and supporting/ strengthening families.

The coalition has been driven by hard work and a passion for a healthier community, but we wouldn’t be where we are today without the help of many dedicated volunteers. So, if you are looking for a way to help others and make a difference in the lives of children and families, feel free to contact C.A.S.T.

CAST – Community Action for Safe Teens Coalition, a committee of Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley – provides many opportunities for teens, parents, and concerned community members to be involved! For more information email castteam2018@gmail.com

The Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis in NH is at epidemic levels. For a long time it has been a large part of what we focus on here at CAST, but if we are going to put an end to it we need your help!

Currently in NH, addiction is the number one public health crisis and it is having monumental impacts (CDC, Surgeon General Report). In fact, in New Hampshire alone we are losing $2.36 billion a year to addiction (New Futures Organization). Being informed is the first step to helping us end this problem. Know how to protect yourselves and your kids, lock up medications, and properly dispose of ones that aren’t being used. In 2017, NH had 488 drug related deaths, which amounted to more than four times the amount of traffic deaths. Stay informed, and stay safe.

Curious? Take a look at our print materials and sign up to participate today!

Contact Monica Gallant at mgallant@svbgc.org or at (603) 672-1002 x39 with any questions.

CAST Quick Links

Our Goals
Resiliency Retreat
Resources
Resilience Documentary Screenings
April-May Parenting Class Flyer

SPONSORS

Drug Free Communities
(Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration/ Office of National Drug Control Policy)

Bean Foundation

Souhegan Valley Boys and Girls Club

VOLUNTEER

We are always looking for volunteers and mentors for the Resiliency Retreats. If you have a passion for youth and volunteering, contact us at mgallant@svbgc.org!

Available Resources

Resource Lists

We believe it takes a village to create a healthy community and connect people to the support systems they need. To see a list of resources offered by community partners and local organizations, click below.

Children's Resiliency Retreat

Resiliency Retreat

Once a month, we hold the Children’s Resiliency Retreat, otherwise known as Camp Serenity, to work with kids impacted by the addiction of a loved one and help teach them how to cope.

Reaching for our Goals

Our Goals

From the YES Team to Positive Action, our programs all link back to our main mission of preventing substance misuse, promoting healthy lifestyles, and educating and supporting our kids.

Upcoming Events
  1. Souhegan Valley Alateen

    April 9 @ 4:00 pm
  2. Children’s Resiliency Retreat

    April 11
  3. Souhegan Valley Alateen

    April 16 @ 4:00 pm
  4. Souhegan Valley Alateen

    April 23 @ 4:00 pm
  5. Souhegan Valley Alateen

    April 30 @ 4:00 pm
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Our Parents Say..

We have had nothing but an amazing experience here. -Amy, Club Parent
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We have had nothing but an amazing experience here. -Amy, Club Parent
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March 30, 2020

Due to current events, the Club will be closed until May 4. If you need to contact us, please don't hesitate to call (603) 801-8591 or email our Executive Director Mike Goodwin at mgoodwin@svbgc.org or our Operations Director Caitlin Hunter at chunter@svbgc.org. For our current online programming, visit our BGCSV Activities facebook page.

Along with the rest of the world, we’ve been closely monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19. It has brought uncertainty and disruption to the communities we serve, but Boys & Girls Clubs of Souhegan Valley’s top priority has not changed: the health and safety of the children we serve.

I wanted to take a moment to keep you informed on how we are doing everything we can to ensure the well-being of our Club members, as well as the staff and volunteers who work at/with the Club.

We remain in close and regular contact with local, regional and state health officials and are monitoring the regular updates from the Federal government, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as the World Health Organization (WHO). Though the situation around the virus remains fluid, our goal is to continue our mission – to serve those kids who need us the most – both during and after the crisis affecting all of us now.

Here are some of the proactive steps we’ve quickly taken to continue to protect the well-being of our members, as well as to continue the important work of the Club:

  1. Established a weekly meeting schedule, made up of Club leadership and Board members, to monitor the situation, stay in close contact with local, regional and national officials and share insights to Club staff, parents and greater Milford community.
  2. Reinforced our Safety Standards with additional emphasis on virus prevention protocols across the organization and to our Club members’ families.
  3. Expanded opportunities for Club staff members to reduce their risk of contracting and spreading infections, and ensure they have the necessary support during these uncertain times.
  4. Defined what resources we can provide to our kids and families, whether the Club itself is open or closed.
  5. Utilized virtual resources developed by our staff to continue connection and engagement with Club members and their families remotely.
  6. Taken extra steps to ensure our Clubhouses are clean, sanitized and that those who enter are symptom-free.

The safety and well-being of our Club members remains our foremost priority, and we will continue to share updates with you as quickly and transparently as possible.

What Can You Do?

If you are interested in taking action to support the Club’s mission during this crisis, consider the following:

  • Continue to support us. We need you now more than ever! Our kids – and their parents – will need us throughout this crisis.
  • Continue to talk about the important work the Club does to your network and the greater community.
  • Like us on social media. Share, Click, Comment. https://www.facebook.com/svbgc/
  • Mail gift cards from local grocery stores to our office for distribution to families in need.
  • If you have any ideas or thoughts to help please contact our Development Director Cory Sullivan at csullivan@svbgc.org
  • If during this time you can help to support the club financially please visit https://svbgc.org/support-the-club/

Thank you for your continued support and care of Boys & Girls Clubs of Souhegan Valley.

Executive Director

Mike Goodwin