• STEPS Volunteers at Opening day for Northern Little League & Girls Softball

    STEPS volunteers recently passed out over 100 STEPS flyers on  Opening Day for the Northern Little League and Girls Softball on April 9th.  Check out the photos here.


    Southington Youth Services is sponsoring a Special Parent Information Series geared to all parents of fifth grade students.  Is your child heading to Middle School soon?  If so, you'll want to attend this event.  Lisa Crofton, facilitator of SUCCESS CAFE, the JFK/JAD life skills afterschool program, will share with parents what kids really want them … Read More

  • STEPS Social Host Sticker Campaign at Renaldo’s Restaurant in Southington

    Ed Morand co-owner of Renaldo's Restaurant in Southington agreed to support Sue Walbert, Chair of the STEPS Parent Committee, and 3 teens, Maryssa Romano, Tyler Brinton, and Austin Sullivan from the STEPS Youth Council, to place social ho

  • STEPS Informational Meeting at St. Dominic Church

    For parents of children in grades 6 through 12 or for anyone interested in learning more about STEPS –  please join us on Thursday, May 26th, at 7:00 pm in the St. Dominic Community Learning Center and learn about the vision of STEPS to bring about positive, long-term change in our culture, one day at … Read More

  • STEPS Introduction Video

    Watch this! A student-produced video on what STEPS is, featuring different members of the community.


    Wednesday, May 4, 2011, will be STEPS Night at the Rock Cats in New Britain!  The New Britain Rock Cats will be playing the Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants) at 6:35pm and the evening is sure to be a family fun night.  Come out and show your support for Southington's Town-wide Effort to Promote Success. … Read More

  • Fire Safety Event on April 13

    The Southington Fire Department is holding a Citizens Training Seminar, "Fire Safety For Adults – Getting Out Alive", on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 7 pm.  The presentation will be made by FF Glenn Dube of the Southington Fire Department and will be held at the J. A. DePaolo Auditorium.

  • Recent TIPS Training

    On Monday, April 11, 2011, STEPS hosted a TIPS training, led by the Substance Abuse Action Council, for Southington bars, restaurants, and package stores.  TIPS stands for Training for Intervention Procedures and is the global leader in education and training for the responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol. A special thanks to Blue Moon Cafe, Hawks … Read More

  • Book Fair to Promote Reading!

    STEPS Youth Committee members handed out STEPS bookmarks at a book fair and ice cream social at Kelley Elementary School on Tuesday, April 5th.  The goals of the event were to promote reading and raise money for the community. The event was put on by the Kelley School Needs For Reads group and was sponsored by … Read More

  • STEPS Featured on

    S.T.E.P.S: Leading the Way to Successful Living for Future Generations STEPS: Southington’s Town-wide Effort to Promote Success is a coalition of many sectors of our community working together to proactively bring about a positive effect on the development of the youth of our town today and in all their tomorrows.

  • Bullying Awareness at Kennedy Middle School

    A message from Kennedy Middle School:

  • April is Alcohol Awareness Month

    Alcohol Awareness Month opens an important window of opportunity to not only raise awareness of but also address underage alcohol use and its devastating effects on our youth, families, and communities. To help organizations across the country honor Alcohol Awareness Month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services developed a toolkit that offers tips … Read More

  • Kick-Butts Day 2011 at DePaolo M.S.

    The DePaolo Middle School Peer Advocates helped celebrate the 2011 Kick Butts Day by decorating the fences outside of their school with anti-drug messages. Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to speak up and take action against Big Tobacco at more than 1,000 events from coast to coast. Thanks DePaolo Peer … Read More

  • Dan Hart receives the 2011 SAAC Youth Education Award

    Each year, the Substance Abuse Action Council (SAAC) which includes 14 towns in this region, honors individuals for their work in the prevention field and for going above and beyond to promote healthy living.  Dan Hart, teacher at Southington High School and the chair of the STEPS Youth Council, has been selected to be the recipient … Read More


    Washington, D.C. – Health advocates from Southington’s Town-wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) joined 2,800 substance abuse prevention and treatment leaders from across the country at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) 21st annual National Leadership Forum. This one-of-a-kind conference was held just outside of Washington, D.C. Feb. 7-10. During the four days, community leaders … Read More

  • April 30, 2011 – MEDICATION RETURN PROGRAM – Save this date

    On Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, the Southington Water Department, in conjunction with STEPS and other local organizations, will be sponsoring the 3rd annual Medication Return Program.  This program will take place at the Southington Water Department Headquarters at 605 West Queen Street in Southington.

  • Enter the You Tube Video PSA Contest!

    Want to help your community, win prizes and become “famous”? Then enter the You Tube Video PSA Contest!  The contest is open to all Southington middle and high school students. Create a 30-second PSA (Public Service Announcement) teaching teens about the dangers of underage drinking. You can enter individually or as a team (no more … Read More

  • STEPS Night at the Rock Cats – SAVE THE DATE!

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011, will be STEPS Night at the Rock Cats in New Britain!  The New Britain Rock Cats will be playing the Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants) at 6:35pm and the evening is sure to be a family fun night.  Save the date now and plan to come out and show your support … Read More

  • HEALTHY FAMILY FUNFEST 2011 Another Great Success!

    On Sunday, March 6, 2011, another successful Healthy Family Funfest took place at the Aqua Turf Club.  The event was a free, fun-filled day, offering health-related information, speakers, screenings, demonstrations and activities for people of all ages, from young children to vibrant seniors.  Over 2,000 people attended! Other activities included:

  • Roundtable Discussion Held on Underage Drinking

    A roundtable discussion was held at the Southington Library, February 24th 2011  to talk about how to recognize and discourage underage drinking.  The event was co-sponsored by the Southington Library and S.T.E.P.S. and funded by a grant from Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.  See the Meriden Record Journal article for more details.

  • STEPS Merchant Education Program

    Photo taken by Matt Andrew – Southington Police Sgt. Lowell DePalma, center, and STEPS Coordinator Kelly Berkmoes talk with Todd DiBattista, general manager of Slider’s Bar and Grill, about ways to detect underage drinking at the restaurant. By: Richie Rathsack | Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 10:41 pm

  • Youth Committee Kickoff Event – A Great Success!

    The STEPS Youth Council had a great turnout for their event Monday, January 31st at DePaolo Middle School – Over 70 people in attendance!

  • Parenting Tips of the Week – April 8th

    SouthingtonParents Raising Healthy Teens – a Partnership of the STEPS Coalition and Wheeler Clinic – 

  • Asset Building Checklist for Your Organization

    There are a number of ways your organization can build assets. You can build assets internally through policies, practices, and procedures, and externally through involvement in the community and support for asset-building initiatives and efforts. While this is not a scientific assessment, you can use this checklist to see how you’re currently building Developmental Assets … Read More

  • 40 Developmental Assets

    The 40 Developmental Assets® Assets are 40 positive qualities, skills, experiences, and opportunities that are critical in the lives of children and youth. The more assets youth have, the more likely they are to succeed. 42% of youth surveyed by Search Institute have just 20 or fewer of these assets in their lives.* In Southington, … Read More

  • 2010 Monitoring the Future Study from ONDCP


  • Youth Council Caroling Downtown

    The STEPS Youth Council participated in the annual Downtown Lighting of the Trees by singing holiday songs.  A special thanks to the Parks and Recreation Department for making downtown Southington look so beautiful! 

  • The Hopeful Message of the 40 Developmental Assets

    Everyone has the power to help young people succeed

  • STEPS Forms New Committees

    STEPS recently formed new committees.  If you are interested in joining a committee or would like more information, please contact the committee chair listed. STEPS COMMITTEE STRUCTURE  Executive Committee  John Myers Marketing Committee Nancy Boccuzzio    nancyverd [at]

  • Ways you can support the STEPS Coalition

    Join our newsletter mailing list Forward STEPS e-mails to friends, colleagues, etc and ask them to join our mailing list Become a fan of STEPS on Facebook Join a STEPS committee Talk to people you encounter in Southington about the STEPS Participate in STEPS surveys and evaluation efforts and encourage others to do so Write … Read More

  • STEPS Community Forum: A Call to Action

    STEPS held a Community Forum on Tuesday, October 24, 2010 at Hawks Landing Country Club.  The reason for the event was to release results from the Search Institute's Attitudes and Behavior Survey that was administered to all 7, 9, an 11, grade students in March 2010.  The event also gave participants an opportunity to work together … Read More

  • 2010 Survey Results

    In March of 2010, Southington’s Town-wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) administered a student survey, the Search Institute’s “Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors” to all 7th, 9thand 11thgrade students in Southington, a total of 1,399 students. 

  • Apple Harvest Parade

    STEPS particpated in the 2010 Apple Harvest Parade!  A special thanks to Mongillo Foundations for sponsoring our float!

  • Asset Display at the Southington Public Library

    STEPS Materials and information on the 40 Developmental Assets are located in the Teen Section of the Southington Public Library (2nd Floor).  Stop by and check it out.  Materials are updated regularly.

  • 2011 Polar Plunge STEPS Team Needs Volunteers

    STEPS is looking for volunteers to participate in the YMCA's 2011 Polar Plunge!

  • Southington Parents Encouraged to Take Survey, Host or Attend Workshops

    (SOUTHINGTON, Conn.) – The Southington Parents Raising Healthy Teens Initiative, a collaboration between Wheeler Clinic and the STEPS (Southington’s Town-wide Effort to Promote Success) Coalition, is asking parents of middle and high school students in Southington to take a brief survey to assess their knowledge of local underage drinking and its effect on teens, and … Read More


    (Washington, D.C.) – Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), today announced the awarding of $21 million in new Drug Free Communities (DFC) grants to 161 communities across the country.  The Southington Townwide Effort to Promote Success Coalition (S.T.E.P.S.) from Southington, Connecticut was one of the grant recipients, and will … Read More

  • STEPS Youth Council on the move

     Southington's youth are leading the way for STEPS.  How can kids be invovled in STEPS?  Well many already are!

  • A Message from Our Board President

    Our Southington community was tragically awakened a few years back when within a 12 month period of time five of our local young people took their own lives.   It was a call for help.  It was a call for action.  Over a short period of time town leaders and representation from all community sectors came … Read More

  • Where do we stand as a community

    In order to develop healthy and successful youth, we first need to see where we stand as a community and figure out what “level of readiness” we are at. Community Readiness is a prevention concept that reflects a community’s understanding of substance use and abuse prevention issues; the community’s acknowledgement that these issues are problems … Read More