Events and Initiatives

Riverdale Art Haven Fall 2023

Free Art Classes with Cape Ann Art Haven


3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Riverdale Park Community Center

75 Veterans Way, Gloucester, MA 01930

Join Cape Ann Art Haven every Monday from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the Riverdale Park Community Center to create a new art project and have fun! These classes are FREE and open to children in kindergarten through 8th grade. 

GYLC Flyer Fall 2023

The Gloucester Youth Leadership Council is back in action! We are looking for middle and high school students to join this effort to make positive social change in the community. This group is youth-led, fun, and free! You can earn community service hours, hang out with other students, and even earn a stipend for your work. Fill out this brief Google Form to get started or reach out to David Tucker, Youth Development Coordinator, through the Contact Us Form.

Regional Youth Prevention Network Monthly Newsletter

Oct 2023 RYPN Newsletter

Check out our monthly Regional Youth Prevention Network newsletter here!

Past Events

Drug Takeback Day October 2023

National Drug Takeback Day

Saturday, October 28

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rose Bake Senior Center

Back Lot

6 Manual F. Lewis Street

Gloucester, MA 01930

October 28th is National Drug Takeback Day! The Gloucester Health Department, Gloucester Police Department, and Rose Baker Senior Center are teaming up to host this biannual event. Stop by and drop off your unused prescription medication and help keep our community safe! The Health Department will be there and will provide educational resources about substance use prevention and treatment, and staff will be available to answer any questions or direct residents to appropriate resources.

Gloucester Youth Leadership Council First Meeting of the Year

Thursday, August 17
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Glen T. MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA
7 Gloucester Crossing Road
Gloucester, MA 01930

Join the Prevention Team on Thursday, August 17th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm at the Cape Ann YMCA for the first Gloucester Youth Leadership Council meeting of the school year!

This group is open to middle and high school students. Drop in, grab some snacks, and brainstorm ideas for projects YOU want to work on this year. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Students or parents can contact David Tucker, Youth Development Coordinator, using the Contact Us Form with any questions.

Wheres My Phone 9.20.23

Where's My Phone? What Parents Need to Know about Social Media and Screen Time

Wednesday, September 20

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dolan Performing Arts Center, Ipswich High School

130 High Street

Ipswich, MA 01938

Community members are invited to attend a presentation about the impact of social media use on teen mental health and learn how parents and caregivers can promote healthy boundaries around screen time. The Regional Youth Prevention Network is proud to co-sponsor this event with Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals - Beth Israel Lahey Health. This event is free and open to all! Free food and childcare will be provided.

Register for this free event here:

Capoeira Classes at Riverdale Summer 2023

Outdoor Capoeira Classes w/ MAGMA
Sundays, 10:00 am
Riverdale Community Center
75 Veterans Way, Gloucester, MA

The Gloucester Health Department has partnered with Movement Arts of Gloucester Massachusetts (MAGMA) to bring FREE capoeira classes to the Riverdale Community Center every Sunday morning at 10:00 am throughout the summer.

Art Haven Summer Riverdale 2023

Family Art Time w/ Cape Ann Art Haven

Mondays, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Riverdale Community Center
75 Veterans Way, Gloucester, MA

The Gloucester Health Department has teamed up with Cape Ann Art Haven to bring FREE children’s art classes to the Riverdale Community Center every Monday from 3:30 to 5:00 pm throughout the summer.