Recognition & Awards

The Dover Coalition for Youth, its staff and community partners have been recognized for the work that they have done to help reduce substance abuse in Dover community.

In 2011 the Dover Coalition for Youth nominated Dover as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People. The City of Dover was recognized as a 100 Best Community and the Coalition was awarded a $2,500 grant to host a community celebration and recognize community partners.

In 2011Dover Youth to Youth was selected to receive the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Youth Leadership Award for its leadership in the fight against underage drinking. The group received the award on August 11th at a large national conference on underage drinking prevention in Orlando, Florida.  The award was presented by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC) to recognize a youth group who combines outstanding leadership in their community with a passionate commitment to preventing underage drinking.

In December 2009 Dover Youth to Youth was selected as the Foster’s Daily Democrat “Newsmaker of the Year”. The award highlighted all of the media attention that the group brought to the issue of substance abuse and prevention strategies.

Coalition Director Dana Mitchell was awarded Breathe New Hampshire’s Robert B. Kerr Award at their Annual Meeting on November 6, 2008.  The Award is the highest Award given by the organization and is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to furthering lung health in the Granite State.  Dana Mitchell has been a strong tobacco prevention advocate, role model and leader in this state for many years. The Kerr Award is awarded annually to a New Hampshire person who has consistently demonstrated a selfless professional or personal commitment to furthering lung health in the region.

In 2008 Dover Youth to Youth received the Merit Award from the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters for their efforts in the production of quality public service announcements and radio spots. Over the past few years, the NHAB has recognized Youth to Youth three times with the Public Service Announcement of the Year Award for their original radio spots relating to substance abuse.  In 2002 Youth to Youth won the NHAB’s Public Service Campaign of the Year Award for the best series of public service spots on a single topic.

In 2005, NAADAC, The National Association for Addiction Professionals, honored the Dover Coalition for Youth’s Youth Empowerment Program, Dover Youth to Youth, with the President’s Special Recognition Award citing the program’s positive accomplishments and constructive leadership in drug prevention.