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2017 Asset Building Classrooms Training

On Thursday, May 18, students, parents and teachers from the Southington Public School System gathered to be a part of our annual ABC Champion/Asset Building Training.  All 12 schools in town were represented as our Asset Building Leadership Team explained all about STEPS, the Asset Building Classrooms initiative and how each person can get involved. We are proud that our school district is part of a Community-Wide movement to develop and increase assets in our youth. More »

Shining Stars at DES help put Good Deeds in action!

The fourth graders at Derynoski Elementary School have been busy during Good Deeds Week!  Look at all the Good Deeds these shining stars have been up to!  A special thank you to Ms. Vance for all her help!

Good Deeds Week Continues!

The Southington Community YMCA's leadership team took some time this morning to do a spring cleanup for a dear friend of the YMCA – Patty Nagle!

The Southington Community YMCA Participates in Good Deeds Week!

We are thrilled to see everyone out in our community participating in Good Deeds Week!  A very special thank you to Mark Pooler from our Southington Community YMCA for helping to make this an important event for our whole community! Mark enjoyed reading to his 'pen pals' over at the YMCA Learning Center!

Faith Forum Helps STEPS Connect With Congregations

With the help of Pastor Joshua Rinas (First Lutheran Church) and John Myers (Southington Community YMCA), STEPS was able to connect with local congregations to share our survey most recent results and outcomes.  Members from the First Baptist Church of Southington, First Congregational Church of Southington and First Lutheran Church of Southington participated. More »

Mark Meade is AMP'd up!

Youth Council member, Mark Meade, took a field trip with STEPS to AMP Radio Network, where he recorded three separate public service announcements!  The SHS senior wrote spots for highlighting Good Deeds Week and reminding Southington parents how much their kids still need them, even as they grow older.  Not only is Mark a member of Youth Council, he has also been an important part of our Youth Deverlopment Work Group, helping spread the message of supporting youth in our community.  Thanks, Mark - we'll be listening for you at the gas pumps!

Local Pharmacies Help Advertise the Medication Drop Box

Our coalition recently partnered with Beacon and Plantsville Pharmacy to advertise the Medication Drop Box that is located in the lobby of the Southington Police Department. The Medication Drop Box was installed in October of 2012, with help from the Southington Police Department and the Town of Southington, for residents to dispose their unused medication 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More »

Good Deeds Week is Almost Here!

Good Deeds Week is just around the corner!  During the week of April 3-9, 2017, the Southington community will come together in an effort to promote the asset of positive peer influence and make Southington an even better place to live!  

Take a look at our community partners that have already pledged to Do Good!

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Local Merchants Help Prevent Underage Drinking

Over the next few weeks, STEPS Advisory Board Members will be visiting local merchants to distribute counter mats to display in their businesses. The counter mats exhibit the STEPS logo and that the business will not distribute alcohol to teens.  By partnering with STEPS and the Southington Police Department, these community stakeholders are able to play a part in helping prevent underage drinking and making substance abuse prevention a priority in the Southington community!  Thanks to the coalition in Stratford for the GREAT idea!  More »

Dangers of Tobacco Use

Dangers of Tobacco Use

Facts and Statistics

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States.

8.6 million people live with a serious illness caused by smoking.

On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers. More »

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