Project Graduation is a drug and alcohol-free celebration that has taken place at an offsite location such as Revolutions South Windsor (2021), Quassy Amusement Park (2019), and the Tolland Bubble (2018). Graduates are bussed to the location on the night of graduation where they enjoy being together as a class one last time. Entertainment, prizes, food, games keep the graduates safe on an evening that statistically ranks the highest in car accidents due to impairment. AHM Youth and Family Services has proudly coordinated Project Graduation for over 25 years with 1000s of graduates in attendance!
The benefits of Project Graduation are great!
- Emphasizes prudent decision-making about drinking, drug taking, and driving and endeavors to establish chemical-free celebrations as the norm
- Eliminates teen decisions about drinking or drugs on graduation night, and the entire community is assured that graduates are in a safe environment
- Provides every graduate with a party to attend; no one is excluded or left out
- Allows all graduates to celebrate together in one location
- Every graduate leaves with a gift
Did you know?
With annual events like proms and graduation parties, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been labeled “The 100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers. We need to keep our RHAM students safe. Parents, be proactive and talk about the dangers of drinking, substance abuse to the body and when driving.
- Meets monthly from August through June via Zoom Meeting. Please visit our Committee Page by using the button on top right!
AHM Project Graduation Coordinator: Jennifer Boehler
Contact at: 860-228-9488 x 22, or email JenniferB@ahmyouth.org
- Simply Soy Fundraiser – Fall of 2021
- Tip A Musician Fundraiser – Fall 2021
- J.Star Barn Photography Photo Session – Fall 2021
- Hebron Car Wash – Spring 2022
- Graduation Lawn Signs – Spring 2022
The following scrumptious scents will be available to order:
Apple Maple Bourbon: Apple, vanilla and smooth bourbon with hints of maple and cinnamon. Rich and delicious!
Bonfire Flannel: The fragrance of a warm shirt after a night gathered around the bonfire. Vanilla, cinnamon and clove with a smoky base and hints of cashmere.
Cranberry Orange: Freshly squeezed oranges and tart cranberry.
Hocus Pocus: a super spicy blend of cinnamon and black tea with hints of patchouli and jasmine
Nutmeg State: A tribute to the great state of Connecticut- featuring cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, rounded out with a smooth caramel and vanilla base.
Pumpkin Spice: warm pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and hints of clove with a sweet vanilla finish.
Orders will be ready for pick-up the last week of October at AHM Youth & Family Services, located on 25 Pendleton Drive in Hebron. A percentage of total sales will be donated by Julie Veilleux, owner of Simply Soy Candles to support Project Graduation for the RHAM High School “Class of 2022”!
Ordering will open on September 1st!
Tip A Musician Fundraiser is Being Planned!
Do you know a teen who is musically or vocally talented who lives in the RHAM community? If so, AHM Youth & Family Services would like to have them participate in the Tip A Musician Music Series being planned for the following Saturdays from 11-1:00 PM at the Flour Girl Café in Hebron; October 2, 16, 23 and 30. 100% of tips received is donated to AHM Project Graduation for the RHAM High School “Class of 2022”.
Those interested need to send a two-minute video to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name, age and school that you attend by September 18th.
Contact Jenn Boehler, Prevention Coordinator, AHM Youth & Family Services with any questions you have (860)228-9488 Ext 22. We had an amazing turn-out last year and look to do the same this year!
Information coming soon!
Information coming soon!
Information coming soon!
Project Graduation 2021 Event!
2021 Project Graduation was a blast for all!
The 145 graduates from the RHAM High School “Class of 2021” went to Revolutions in South Windsor and celebrated their graduation throughout the night! This venue had something for everyone!
Upon arrival, all enjoyed bowling, arcade, D.J, airbrush tattoo artist, volleyball, bocce, bounce house, dinner, snacks throughout the night, sundae bar, RAFFLE PRIZES, breakfast, and hypnotist! Everyone stayed engaged and happy the entire night!
The cost was $60 to attend thanks to the Out Yoga Fundraiser, Tip A Musician Fundraiser, Puzzle Break Fundraiser, Think Pink! Face Mask Fundraiser, Hebron Car Wash Fundraiser and the Graduation Lawn Sign Fundraiser! AHM was able to keep the ticket price down while offering a ton of activities and raffle prizes and gift cards for the graduates.
Thank you to the community for your support!
On behalf of AHM Youth & Family Services, I would like to thank everyone who made AHM Project Graduation for RHAM High School “Class of 2021” a success! Thank you to those who supported the following fundraisers: Outdoor Yoga, Tip A Musician (Jessica Dapsis, owner, Something Simple Café), Photo Sessions (Jennifer Albert of J.Star Barn Photography), Simply Soy Candles (owner, Julie Veilleux), the Think Pink! Face Masks led by Wendy Dietz and her wonderful crew of RHAM students, Hebron Car Wash (owner, Ryan Hallin) with Ted’s IGA buying lunches for all volunteers working two shifts and to everyone who purchase graduation lawn signs! In addition, thank you to RHAM High School’s Penny Brysgel, Scott Leslie for your support of this event through consistent communication to the senior parents and students, and Meg Clifton for leading your team of students who publish the Lil RHAMbler eNewsletter. Special thanks to the RHAM Alumni Association and the Skopas Family for their donations and to everyone who made monetary donations and gave raffle prizes, and gift cards that directly contributed to making this all-night celebration special! None of this would be possible without the work of the AHM Project Graduation Committee that navigated through the ups, the downs and those long periods of pause of this year as we watched attentively to those weekly ‘numbers’ reports. In the end, ALL WAS GOOD. In fact, it was AMAZING due to our committee’s creativity, attention to detail and always having a positive outlook! Thank you, everyone!
Prize Items & Monetary Donations Accepted for 2022!
Monetary donations to purchase prizes are being accepted now as well as prizes and themed baskets to be raffled off during the celebration. Be sure to make a note in the text box that you would like your donation to go towards the Project Graduation event!
Graduation Lawn Sign Fundraiser!
Signs can be purchased online using the button below, and emails will be sent to arrange pickup.
Cost: $20.00 per sign (includes wire stand)
All proceeds benefit AHM’s Project Graduation event for RHAM Graduates.
Car Wash Annual Fundraiser!
All proceeds of this fundraiser will go directly to AHM Project Graduation for 2021 RHAM High School Graduates.
Thank you to all who came out to support Tip A Musician!
Thank you to our RHAM High School students who came out and performed for the community! Over the four performances you all raised $1300.00 for Project Graduation! Thank you to Jessica Dapsis for allowing all of us to enjoy your Something Simple Café and our students! Our community is the best! We all appreciate the anonymous donations that were made! Thank you!
Thank you to all the local businesses who helped support our Think Pink face mask fundraiser!
Our first ever 5K Fundraiser was a great success!
This 5K Run/Walk to 21 Fundraiser took place on Saturday, October 17th 2020 and included a two-loop course through Burnt Hill Park, with staggered starts of groups of 25 runners every 30 minutes. We had a great turnout and a beautiful Fall day to run or walk this course! Thank you to all who turned out to support this event, and thank you to our many volunteers and Project Graduation 2021 Committee members who volunteered their time to plan and run this event!
We hope to make this a new Annual tradition so stay tuned for more information about upcoming 5K events!
Our Simply Soy Candle Fundraiser was very successful!
Thanks to the efforts of our Project Graduation 2021 Committee members and Simply Soy Candle owner Julie Veilleux, many candles were sold! Products are due to come in mid-November, right in time for the holidays! Thank you to all who participated in this event, and helped us raise funds for AHM’s Project Graduation 2021 event!
Project Graduation 2020 Event
AHM Youth and Family Services and the Project Graduation 2020 Committee would like to express a sincere Thank You to the following sponsors who shared our commitment to recognize this very special milestone for our RHAM High School Graduates. Our Project Graduation Committee presented the graduates with a gift bag containing many special and customized items! In addition, Senior Celebratory Lawn Signs lines the pathway to the graduation stage at the Lions Fairgrounds. A special Thank You to Scott Leslie, Penny Brysgel, Chris Mader and the entire administrative team for giving our graduates the memory of walking across the stage to receive their diploma.
Thank You Project Graduation 2020 Committee Members!
Thank you to all the wonderful AHM Project Graduation Volunteers who shared their time with us in support of our RHAM Graduates. They designed the t-shirts, wrote letters, solicited donations from RHAM organizations, organized a mountain of gift cards for the seniors, assembled 248 gift bags, put together 248 lawn signs, planned out where the Senior Portrait Lawn Signs would be placed at Lions Fairgrounds, drilled holes into the ground for the Senior Portrait Lawn Signs, organized bins for graduation day, transported bins to the Lions Fairgrounds, worked throughout the day to seamlessly present each graduate with a gift bag on graduation day! Whole lot of work done by many people to make precious memories for our RHAM High School “Class of 2020” and their families! THANK YOU!!! Special thanks to the following Project Graduation Committee members for helping set up all of the Senior Photo Signs along the path at the Hebron Lions Fairground!
AHM would like to thank the RHAM Alumni Committee 2020, for your contribution to this year’s AHM Project Graduation! This year’s donation was for $1,070.00 which brings the total amount of your contributions since 2008 to $9,120.00. Your continued support is very appreciated!
Pictured Left to Right: Bob Gonci, member of the RHAM Alumni Committee 2020 presents a check for AHM Project Graduation 2020 to Jenn Boehler, AHM Project Graduation Chair and Tina Blinn, Committee Member.
Thank You Hebron Lion’s Club!
AHM is very thankful for the generous donation made to AHM Project Graduation 2020 by the Hebron Lion’s Club! Pictured below: Charities President Lion John Soderberg of the Hebron Lions, presenting a $5,000 check to our Project Graduation Committee.
This was a record year for sign sales!
Over 200 signs were purchased! Signs were purchased at $20.00 each, as part of a Project Graduation 2020 fundraiser. The signs were printed double sided and there was an open area to customize each sign with your graduates name, or a personal message. Signs have been seen all over town showing support for this year’s graduating seniors!
Pictures of Project Graduation 2020 Committee
Project Graduation 2020 Testimonials
“Hi Mrs. Boehler, this is Glenn Cully. I saw that I had your number and just wanted to let you know that the AHM Graduation Committee did an awesome job with graduation, so thank you so much!” Glenn Cully, 2020 Graduate
“I wanted to tell you how much Andrew appreciated the grab bags you put together. He absolutely loved the “limited edition” (as he called it) Sachem coffee mug. And the University of Maryland logo on his name tag. Thank you so much for adding to their day.” Ely Family
“Thank you to you (Jennifer Boehler), Ed (Skopas) and all of the AHM Project Graduation team for making the awesome gift bags to commemorate quite an unusual graduation day for the Class of 2020!” Miller Family
“A huge shout out to the Project Graduation volunteers for making graduation so special!!! From the gift cards and lawn signs to the RHAM swag…it was all just perfect and so well done!!!! Thank you for all the time, commitment and thoughtfulness that went into this project. It’s certainly didn’t go unnoticed and the graduates and theirs families are VERY appreciative!!! Hats off to you guys 🎓” Romeo Family
“I heard great praise from Senior parents and families! Well done AHM and Project Graduation volunteers!!” Sara Tarca
“They (Project Graduation Committee) did a great job! All the time and effort you all put in is much appreciated and definitely helped to make it special for the seniors.” Kathy Keane McCavanagh
“Thank you for everything you did to make the day great!! My senior loved it!!” Sheila Guppy
“You did special work during challenging times.” Lisa Seethaler
“What an accomplishment!! Thank you AHM and all of the volunteers! Your time and effort made such a difference for the kids 😀” Wendy Oakes Weingarten