The 2017-2018 STEPS Youth Council

The STEPS Youth Council is excited to start the year off with our 33 members - our biggest Youth Council yet!

The STEPS Youth Council is led by Co-Chairs Ev Ciaburri, A.J. Garstang and SHS Senior, Julia Brilla.

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A Message From Our New President, Chris Palmieri

Achievement Motivation, Resistance Skills, Adult Relationships, Planning and Decision Making, Cultural Competence, Reading for Pleasure, Service to Others, Positive View of Personal Future, and Responsibility.  I hope these all sound familiar as they are our assets of the month for this year.  Once again, STEPS will continue to strengthen and grow our developmental assets.  Research has proven that the more assets a young person has, the more likely they are to be successful and less likely to get involved in risky behavior.  We are very fortunate to live in a community More »

Welcome New Advisory Board Members!

The STEPS Coalition is proud to have six new Advisory Board members joining us for this exciting 2017-2018 year!

Please join us in welcoming:

Deputy Chief William Palmieri, Southington Police Department, Law Enforcement Sector

Sgt. Brian Leppard, Southington Police Department, Law Enforcement Sector

Kelsey Opozda, New England HIDTA, Substance Abuse Prevention

Gabe LeBlanc, Grade 9, Youth Sector

Matt Luponio, Grade 9, Youth Sector More »

STEPS welcomes back our Educators!

STEPS was proud to welcome back our Educators and help kick off the 2017-2018 school year this morning at Convocation!  Local celebrity and STEPS Advisory Board Member, Mr. Steve Nyerick, was on hand to deliver an important message about making prevention a priority!  The teachers in our Asset Building Classrooms initiative help us play a key role in developing our youth each day and we were thrilled to pass out calendars for them to display in their classrooms!  A very special thank you to our volunteers that were on hand to help with the calendar delivery! More »

STEPS Night at the Drive-In a SUCCESS!

STEPS was proud to host the Peanuts movie at the Southington Drive-In on Saturday night!  A very special thank you to all of our volunteers who helped make the night such a success!  

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Taking STEPS To Fill Southington Community Services Food Pantry

STEPS Advisory Board member, Rachel Wache, joined forces with the American Legion Auxillary, Army National Guard and STEPS to create a food drive to help re-stock the Southington Community Services food pantry.  Together, with the generous donations from Southington residents, over 1,400 pounds of food was delivered to Southington Community Services!  Rachel is an amazing Southington resident that always puts her community first.  A very special thank you to Rachel for all her hard work and dedication! More »

STEPS Celebrates Youth Council Seniors

As the 2016-2017 has come to an end, we wish our seniors on the STEPS Youth Council the best of luck on their next adventures!  Click here to see a short video they made with advice for future Southington students! 

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TIPS to Help Keep Southington Safe

On Saturday, June 24, employees of local restaurants gathered for a TIPS training. TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) is the global leader in education and training for the responsible service, sale and consumption of alcohol.   More »

DePaolo students create prevention app

Three eighth grade DePaolo Middle School students combined prevention efforts with 21st technology to create an app that would allow the Southington community to have prevention at their fingertips.  Sammi Bray, Cathryn Clynes and Alina Rivera worked together over a four month period to research, conduct interviews and code an app that would help with prevention efforts for local residents. More »

STEPS Shining Stars Retire from Advisory Board

STEPS was honored to show Officer Tom Gallo, Carson Stifel and Morgan Maccione just how special they are with a little star to remember they will always be a part of STEPS. More »