• Annual Army National Guard Christmas Party

    Every year, STEPS Advisory Board Member, Rachel Wache, puts endless hours into helping organize the annual Army National Guard Christmas party for Southington-based Guards and their families.ツ The joint effort between Southington Community Services and the National Guard Armory made this lovely event possible and enjoyable for all! Legos, raffles, delicious food and gingerbread decorating … Read More

  • A New Partnership with Lisa, Inc.!

    STEPS & Southington Youth Services are proud to partner with Lisa, Inc. to expand ways to make substance abuse prevention a priority here in Southington!   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:ツツ NOVEMBER 1, 2017 CONTACT:ツ Elizabeth Hyattツ 860.426.0946ツ ツ       LOCAL AGENCIES TEAMツUP TO TACKLE SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN SOUTHINGTON   1-2-3 Prevention, Intervention and … Read More

  • Welcome Frank Stamilio!

    Please join us in welcoming Frank Stamilio as our newest STEPS Advisory Board member! As a proud Southington resident and SHS football coach, we know that Frank will be a real ASSET to our Coalition! Welcome, Frank!

  • SHS STEPS Student Council Think Tank

    30 Southington High members of the STEPS Student Council Think Tank joined their advisor, Jennifer Steinberg, parent advisor Leslie Loose, STEPS Coalition Advisory Board member Gina Tremaglio and STEPS staff Kelly Leppard and Megan Albanese, for a leadership training YMCA Camp Sloper.ツ Sloper staff Justin Hubeny was able to lead this group through excellent team … Read More

  • Starting Tough Conversations…

    Having difficult conversations with kids isn’t always easy.ツ Our coalition recently created conversation cards for adults in the community to start the tough conversations on risk-taking behaviors and substance abuse prevention.ツ Contact us today to pick up a deck!

  • Meet Gina Tremaglio!

    Please join us in welcoming Gina Tremaglio, our newest STEPS Advisory Board member! Gina is already an active member in our community and joins us representing the youth serving sector. A Southington resident and Board of Education employee, we know that Gina will make an amazing addition to our Coalition!

  • 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. Please join us in welcoming the following 2017-2018 Youth Council: Kelly Bergland Christopher Bray Julia Brilla Aniela … Read More

  • 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 … Read 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, … Read 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 … Read 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!

  • 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. ツTogether, with the generous donations from Southington residents, over 1,400 pounds of food was delivered to Southington Community Services! ツRachel is an amazing … Read 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! ツClick here to see a short video they made with advice for future Southington students! STEPS Youth Council graduating seniors: Laura Calandra,ツMorgan Maccione,ツSam Martins,ツMarissaツMattarazzo,ツMark Meade,ツCatherine Myers,ツKristen Shubert,ツCarson Stifel  

  • TIPS to Help Keep Southington Safe

    On Saturday, June 24, employees of local restaurants gathered for a TIPS training.ツTIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) is the global leader in education and training for the responsible service, sale and consumption of alcohol. ツ Two important parts of coalition work is educating the community and reducing access. ツBy providing this training for local merchants, … Read 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. ツ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 … Read 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. Officer Tom Gallo has been on the STEPS Advisory Board representing the Southington Police Department for the past 7 years! ツTom has been … Read More

  • Making a Smooth Transition to High School

    On Thursday, May 25th and Friday, May 26th, staff members from Southington Public Schools and the Southington STEPS Coalition hosted the eighth-grade classes from both DePaolo and Kennedy for the Middle School Transition Days.ツ This year these important days were held at Southington High School so that the eighth-grade students can get a feel for … Read More

  • Parents Gather to Make Prevention a Priority in the Southington Community.

    Adults from the Southington community gathered to learn about the dangers and realities our kids are facing today. Presenters included Officer Kevin Naranjo from the Southington Police Department, Lt. Chris Bartolotta from the State Police, Patricia Rehmer from Hartford Healthcare and Martha Galligan representing a partnership with the US States Attorneys Office. After the presenation, … Read More

  • 40 Ways Prevention Can Start Before the Age of 5

    Building blocks of healthy development (also known as Developmental Assets) help young children grow up to be healthy, caring and responsible. ツThe Southington Community YMCA knows just how important these assets are and the Nursery School team worked hard to successfully implement the Developmental Assets this year! Developing assets at an early age can help … Read More

  • PROMising Students

    Please join us in acknowledging these students for PROMising to stay alcohol and substance free on Prom night: Alissa Angels Erica Bruno Julia Wells Buddy Alcutt Mikaela June Olivia Fournier Benjamin Wakefield Gabriella Bassi Belanger Jack Storm

  • A PROMising Community

    Look at all of the community members PROMising to keep our Southington kids alcohol and substance free during Prom!!  Here in Southington, we are proud to make substance abuse prevention a priority!  

  • Parents PROMise a Safe Party

    Since high school can be a time that students begin to engage in risk taking behaviors, Tina Riccio (mom of a SHS junior) knew it was the right time to set the tone for alcohol and substance free parties.  Substance free parties are especially important when it comes to the prom season and summer vacation … Read More


    The PROMise isn't just for students!  The whole community can come together and PROMise to not provide the youth here in Southington with alcohol and substances on prom night.  Below are a few of our community members who have supported the PROMise already – have you?!

  • The PROMise!

    Southington High School's Junior Class Advisors, Kristin Bellis and Kate Tavera, helped kick off the PROMise this week!  Junior Class Officers were able to visit their peers during assigned class periods and encourage them to take the PROMise!  By signing the PROMise, students are pledging to remain alcohol and substance free.  BUT WAIT – it … Read More

  • STEPS Advisory Board Member Presents at National Conference!

    STEPS is proud to boast about Advisory Board Member Heather Clinger!   Wheeler’s Heather L. Clinger, MPH, program manager, Connecticut Center for Prevention, Wellness and Recovery (CCPWR), will co-present at the American Association of Suicidology’s 50th annual conference held on April 26-29, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. Heather will represent the CCPWC’s Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative … Read More

  • The Observer Reports Good Deeds Only!

    To help promote Good Deeds Week, the Southington Observer reported only positive news for the week of April 3-9!  By showcasing all the positive happenings in our community, the Observer continues to be an Asset Building Communicator!  Thank you to the Southington observer and to the Editor, John Goralski, a STEPS Advisory Board member.

  • Kelley Elementary School is Doing Good Deeds Week Right!

    Take a look at all the good deeds Kelley Elementary School has done for Good Deeds Week!  Great job to the students and staff at Kelley!

  • DES Students Embrace March’s Asset of the Month

    JD Vance dressed as Harry POTTER and Calvin Vance dressed as Flat Stanley to celebrate the March Asset of the Month: Reading for Eleasure at Derynoski Elementary School!

  • 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!

  • A Good Deed Makes Friday Even Better!

    The Southington Community YMCA's Learning Center's Room 6 brought John Myers, Executive Director, this beautiful picture!  The kids were excited to do this good deed for their pen pal!

  • 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!   A good day with a good deed for a GREAT person!   And the YMCA ALWAYS knows how to have fun no matter what they do!     … Read More

  • Southington Youth Services Does Good Deeds!

    Southington Youth Services Director, Christina Simms and Counselor, John Sperduti, thank the Southington Community YMCA for always promoting positive youth development!  Thanks for 'Doing Good'!  

  • The STEPS Youth Council Application Process is Now OPEN for 2017-2018!

    The STEPS Youth Council is an elite group of 30 students, ranging 6-12th grade. The council works together on large community projects and prevention campaigns to make Southington a better and safer place for youth to live. There are 3 steps to the application process: STEP ONE:  Complete this online google-form application to the best of your ability – … Read More

  • Southington Police Department – Doing Good Every Day!

    STEPS staff members stopped by the Southington Police Department to thank them for all they do to keep our community safe during Good Deeds Week! 

  • A Good Deed By Southington Youth Services Counselor, Sue Williams!

    Southington Youth Services Counselor, Sue Williams, participated in Good Deeds Week by thanking ALTA principal, Jess Levin!  STEPS is proud to work with such amazing people!  Thank you to you both for all you do for the youth in Southington!

  • 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!

  • Officer Mahon and K9 Arno Visit the STEPS Advisory Board!

    At the April STEPS Advisory Board meeting, Officer John Mahon and K9 Arno stopped by for a visit to educate us on their role in reducing substance use in the Southington community. A special thanks for taking the time to talk with us and for all you do here in Southington! 

  • 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. A special … Read 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 … Read More

  • Spotlight on Ev Ciaburri and AJ Garstang

    (Pictured from left to right: Ev, Gabe, Morgan and AJ) Youth Council Spotlight by Morgan Maccione and Gabriel LeBlanc. Evelyn Ciaburri and AJ Garstang have led the STEPS Youth Council for the past four years, which is group comprised of middle and high school students from Southington. STEPS stands for Southington’s Town-wide Effort to Promote Success. … Read More

  • 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 … Read 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! … Read More

  • 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 … Read More

  • STEPS Youth Council New PSA

    By Julia Brilla, Catherine Myers and Carson Stifel (STEPS Youth Council Members)   For our project, we chose to write and direct a PSA about e-cigarettes. As we brainstormed, we were inspired by viral cooking videos on social media websites such as Facebook and Youtube. Our PSA featured a person combining household chemicals that are … Read More

  • Good Deeds Week is Coming Back to Southington!

    Join us and celebrate Good Deeds Week! Are you IN? When: April 3rd to April 9th How: Post pictures of your Good Deeds on the Southington STEPS Facebook page or email them to We will show the community through pictures all of the Good Deeds that happen everyday here in Southington. Why: Good Deeds Week is … Read More

  • STEPS Meets with Speaker of the House

    On Monday, March 6, 2017, members from the STEPS Coalition went to Hartford to meet with the Speaker of the House, Joe Aresimowicz, on issues youth are facing here in the state. ツA special thank you to Joe for taking the time to meet with us! Pictured from left to right: Christina Simms (Director of … Read 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. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both … Read More

  • Upcoming Event: Faith Forum for Congregations

    You are Invited to Attend: The STEPS Faith Forum For Congregations   When:  Monday, March 20th, 2017 6 p.m. Registration and Pizza 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Interactive Forum   Where:  First Lutheran Church, 232 Bristol Street   You are invited to an interactive forum hosted by STEPS and members of the Interfaith Clergy Association to learn and … Read More

  • Upcoming Event: What Every Parent Should Know

    This presentation will help families to understand current drug trends, prevention efforts and agencies that can help with substance abuse. Guest speakers will include Brian Stranieri Southington High Principal, Chris Bartolotta from the State Police, Pat Rehmer Sr. Vice President of Hartford Healthcare, Kevin Naranjo Southington Police Officer, and Kelly Leppard Prevention Specialist with STEPS. … Read More

  • Lunch & Learn with the Clergy Sector

    The Southington Clergy Association, STEPS and the Southington Police Department hosted a ‘Lunch & Learn’ for members of the clergy sector on Tuesday, February 28th at Southington Care Center. ツThe topic was on current drug and alcohol trends, including the current opioid crisis facing our state and nation. Presenters included Pat Rehmer from Hartford Healthcare, … Read More