• STEPS Youth Committee Meets with Bread for Life

    Members from the STEPS Youth Committee met with Donna Ayer, the Director of Southington’s Bread for Life, to learn about what Bread for Life does for residents here in our community. ツThe students are excited about their new partnership and the upcoming opportunities to volunteer in the Southington community! If you would like to start … Read More

  • Meet Kiana, Our Intern at STEPS!

    Meet Kiana McDavid, the STEPS intern for the Spring semester!  Kiana is in her Senior year at Southern Connecticut State University. Kiana joins STEPS in making substance abuse prevention a priority in the Southington community. She has been busy learning about prevention and implementation strategies. The Southington resident be graduating with her Bachelor of Science … Read More

  • The Negative Impacts of Marijuana

         USJ APhA-ASP Generation Rx is comprised of a group of pharmacy students from the University of Saint Joseph who believe educating the public about prescription and OTC drug abuse/misuse is extremely important.  In this newsletter, we hope to share important facts about this issue while helping you and the ones you love become … Read More

  • Morgan Maccione Receives Youth Leadership Award

    Morgan Maccine is a senior at Southington High School and just received one of the Youth Leadership Awards from the Southington Community YMCA at their Annual Meeting.  Morgan has been part of STEPS for the past 7 years as a Youth Council and Student Advisory Board Member. Morgan lights up any room she walks into … Read More

  • CADCA Conference to Capitol Hill

    STEPS staff members recently had the opportunity to attend the CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) Conference this past week in Washington, D.C. with coalitions from all over the country.  Coalitions came together for continuing education and to meet with Senators and members of Congress to update them on our work. Here in Southington, we … Read More

  • TIPS Training for Local Businesses

    On Saturday, January 21, 2017, employees from local restaurants and package stores attended a TIPS training sponsored by the STEPS Coalition.ツ TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) is the global leader in education and training for the responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol.ツ Sam the Clams, Tavern 42 and Buffalo Wild Wings sent participants from … Read More

  • Winter Wonderland at Southington High School!

    The STEPS Student Council Think Tank is promoting aツWinter Wonderland Weekツ(Dec 12-16)ツto promote December’s Asset of the Month, Caring School Climate. Listen for holiday music duringツMusicツMonday.ツ Dress like a buddy forツTwinツTuesday.ツツ Wear your favorite holiday sweater forツWackyツSweaterツWednesday.ツ Dress as your favorite holiday character forツHoliday ThemeツThursday.ツ Wear your fuzziest pajamas and coziest slippers forツFuzzy SlipperツFriday. ツ … Read More

  • Southington Serves!

    Southington Serves is a volunteer website for Southington students and their families to get involved in the community, give back or complete community service hours. Southington Serves is located on the Town of Southington’s website and to view the current volunteer options, please clickツHERE. All youth who use this site must contact the organization directly … Read More

  • Community Forum on Opioid Use in the Community

    Acticle Source: October 26, Southington, Conn – More than 60 attendees filled theツSouthington Public Library’sツcommunity room to capacity on October 26 for a 窶廚ommunity Conversation on Opiates and Heroin.窶 Wheeler,ツBristol Hospitalツand the library sponsored the event, which featured a six-member panel discussion highlighting what individuals, families and communities need to know about opiates and … Read More

  • STEPS Hosts Interactive Forums to Discuss Recent Survey Results

    On October 18th and November 9th, interactive community forums were held with various sectors throughout the community. ツThe purpose was to review and share data from our recent student survey and work with community members to create an action plan for change. ツThank you to all the participants for your time and commitment to our … Read More

  • A Special Welcome to Megan Albanese!

    We would like to introduce and welcome the newest member of our team, Megan Albanese, as the STEPS Administrative Assistant! Megan is a Southington resident and comes to us with her talent, passion, and expertise! ツWe are excited to have her work with us and will absolutely be an asset.ツStop in sometime soon to say … Read More

  • Thank You & Goodbye to Meredith Fenwick

    Our friend, Meredith Fenwick, has been the STEPS Administrative Assistant for the past three years and has taken on a full time position at ESPN. Meredith has been a wonderful addition to our team and we will miss seeing her everyday. ツAlthough she won’t be in the office, she is staying on as a co-leader … Read More

  • Youth Council Posts ‘Please No Smoking or Vaping’ Signs at Apple Harvest

    For their fourth year, the STEPS Youth Council went out to the Apple Harvest Festival prior to the start and hung signs around the common areas asking people to keep the festival smoke and vape free. The STEPS Youth Council are asking our community to set the example for our youth by being a safe … Read More

  • Kelly Leppard, Youth Prevention Coordinator, Becomes Certified Prevention Specialist

    Recently, our Youth Prevention Coordinator, Kelly Leppard sat for and passed her International Certified Prevention Specialist Exam. ツAt the STEPS Advisory Board meeting on Monday, Kristen Guida, Board President, presented Kelly with her certificate. ツWe are very proud of Kelly’s accomplishment and her hard work preparing for the exam.

  • The 2016-2017 STEPS Youth Council

    The STEPS Youth Council held their first meeting for the 2016 – 2017 school year and they are off to a great start! ツThe Youth Council is an elite group of 30 students, rangingツ6-12thツgrade. The council works together on large community projects and campaigns to make Southington a better, and safer place for youth to … Read More

  • Welcome to Our New STEPS Advisory Board Members!

    We would like to welcome our new STEPS Advisory Board members!   Top row (left to right):  Steve Nyerick, Officer Kevin Naranjo, Josh Maccione, Lisa Mason Bottom row (left to right): Christina Simms, Chris Chaplinski, Gianna Wadowski, Greg Ferry Check out the rest of the 2016-2017 STEPS Advisory Board here!

  • Southington STEPS Hosts August 27th Drive-In

    On Saturday, August 27th, STEPS hosted the Southington Drive-In night where they showed Zootopia.  Residents from Southington and surrounding towns came our for a great night of fun with their families.  STEPS Advisory Board Members, Jim Garstang, Chris Palmieri, Kristen Guida and Steve Nyerick were joined by Kristen's family to help at the ticket booth. … Read More

  • A Special Thank You to Mr. Fortunato

    Mr. Fortunato has been the voice of STEPS for the past six years, representing our media sector, writing countless articles, press releases and advertisements. ツIn addition, he has mentored students and staff on how to get our messages across the entire community. We have been very lucky to have had the chance to work with … Read More

  • A Message From Our Incoming President

    My name is Kristen Guida and I am excited to be the incoming president of Southington’s Town-Wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) starting on September 12th for the 2016-2017 school year.  What is STEPS?  STEPS is a community coalition.  It is an asset based prevention coalition that follows the Search Institutes 40 Developmental Asset Model.  … Read More

  • An Asset a Day at YMCA Camp Sloper

    Asset Building at YMCA窶冱 Camp Sloper By: Morgan Maccione, 12th grade student at Southington High School and STEPS Advisory Board Member In a partnership with STEPS, YMCA Camp Sloper recently adopted the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Asset Model into both the East and West Coasts of camp. ツAn 窶廣sset of the Day窶 is announced every … Read More

  • American Legion Auxiliary Collects Books

    The American Legion Auxiliary has been collecting books to raise money for local literacy programs.  You can drop your hardcover books, paperback books, textbooks, audio books, records, cds or dvds in their drop boxes at the Southington Drive-In or in the back parking lot at the Southington YMCA.

  • Thank You to Our Retiring Board Members

    On Monday, June 6th, we said goodbye and a very special 'thank you' to six of our STEPS Advisory Board members and our intern. (A special thanks to our Board President, Jim Garstang, for being in all of the pictures!)   Trever Rogers, Justine Griffin and Sarah Lamb have been on the STEPS Advisory Board … Read More

  • STEPS Youth Council Asks: Do you know what chemicals are in your e-cigs?

    This year, the STEPS Youth Council has been working on raising public awareness about e-cigarettes throughout the Southington community.  E-cigarettes seem to be on the rise in popularity, particularly with younger age groups and up until recently, there has been very little regulation for the manufacturers of the products.  The students found it very concerning … Read More

  • 8th Grade Transition Day at Camp Sloper

    We’re excited that for the second year in a row, we were able to do an 8th grade transitions day just like we do for the 5th grade. ツMonday, May 23rd and Wednesday, May 25th, the 8th grade students in the Southington Public School System spent the days at YMCA Camp Sloper with their new … Read More

  • Be in the Know – The Reality and Impact of the CT Social Host Law

    On Wednesday, May 25th, parents and other members of the community attended one of our workshops that is part of the Be in the Know series, The Reality and Impact of the CT Social Host Law. ツAttorney Paul Bedard, Lieutenant Steve Elliott, Dr. George Skarvinko and Officer Chad Butler presented information about the CT Social … Read More

  • Asset Building Champion Training

    On Thursday, May 19, the Asset Building Classrooms (ABC) Champions held their 'Annual Training Day' led by Steve Nyerick, Josie Rogala, Charity Baker, Denise Sicotte, Kelly Leppard, and Shane Altwies.   This training is for elementary, middle and high school representatives who will be part of the ABC initiative for the 2016-2017 school year.  The … Read More

  • 5th Grade Students Attend STEPS Asset Days at Southington YMCA Camp Sloper

    Monday, May 16th and Tuesday, May 17th, the 5th grade students in the Southington Public School System spent the days at YMCA Camp Sloper with their new classmates that they will be joining when they attend DePaolo and Kennedy Middle Schools in the fall.  The Asset Development and Transition Day is filled with workshops for … Read More

  • 2016 Prom Promise Campaign

    Both the Southingtonツjunior and senior proms are just around the corner and the annual STEPS prom campaign is underway. ツIn an effort toツdiscourage underage drinking on prom night,ツthe campaign asksツstudents attending the prom and their parents or guardians to sign the 窶弃rom Promise.窶 By signing the promise students agree they will not drink, and parents/guardians … Read More

  • Be in the Know – The Reality and Impact of the CT Social Host Law

  • Be In The Know: The Truth About Today’s Marijuana and the Impact on Youth

    The Be in the Know Series is sponsored by the STEPS Coalition in an effort to educate parents on the risks youth face today.     Please save the following date for the next parent information event:   May 25, 2016, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Southington Municipal Center, The Reality and Impact of the CT Social Host … Read More

  • 2016 Wayton Open Tennis Tournament

    2016 WAYTON OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT窶寧uly 8-17 at Southington High School. The 9th annual event has become a great recreational yet competitive community tennis tournament in Southington. All proceeds benefit The Wayton Open Scholarship Fund. Each player receives a t-shirt, wristband, player schedule, tennis balls, and water for every match. Prizes are awarded to 1st & … Read More

  • ID Checking Guide Books

    STEPS Advisory Board members visited 91 Southington liquor permitees to give them each a copy of the 2016 ID Checking Guide book. These books list every valid license in the U.S.

  • Thank YOU John Dobbins!

    Although saying goodbye to our board members isn't fun, we are so excited for John as he retires from our board and his 36 year career as a pharmacist!   Back in 2009, John organized Southington's Medication Return Program at the Southington Water Department that ran for 5 years, collecting thousands of pounds of unwanted … Read More

  • STEPS Visits the LOB in Hartford!

      On Monday, February 29th, members of the STEPS Coalition and other local coalitions traveled to Hartford to meet with legislators regarding the future of marijuana laws in Connecticut. The event was sponsored by CAPP (Connecticut Association of Prevention Professionals). Here is an article from the event, which includes a video interview of two of … Read More

  • Good Deeds Day Comes to Southington as Good Deeds WEEK!

    Join us and celebrate Good Deeds Week! Are you IN? When: April 4th– 10th 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

  • Be in the Know – Parents Keeping Up with Technology

    The Be in the Know Series is sponsored by the STEPS Coalition in an effort to educate parents on the risks youth face today.     Please save the following dates for the two upcoming events:   April 19, 2016, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Southington Library, The Truth About Today's Marijuana and the Impact on Youth May … Read More

  • Upcoming TIPS Training

        TIPS® (Training for Intervention Procedures) is the global leader in education and training for the responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol.   STEPS is sponsoring an upcoming TIPS training for any Southington bar or restaurant staff on: May 2, 2016, 4:00-8:00 p.m. Please email to register.  For more information about TIPS, click here.

  • Healthy Family Funfest 2016

    On Sunday, February 28th, members of the Southington STEPS Coalition had a booth at the Healthy Family Funfest held at the AquaTurf in Southington.ツ At the booth, members distributed flyers for the upcoming Be in the Know forums as well as let community members know about the Medication Drop Box, located in the lobby of … Read More

  • Free Self-Defense Class for Southington Women & Girls

    Empowering Women to Escape Alive, a free self-defense training class for Southington women and girls 15 and over will be held at Southington High on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This program is a partnership between Jane Doe No More and East Coast Training Systems and is being sponsored by … Read More

  • Steve Nyerick, YMCA Person of the Year

    Every year at the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA Annual Meeting, members from the community are honored for their different achievements.  One of those honors is the Person of the Year and this year, the Y chose Steve Nyerick, a counselor at DePaolo Middle School and the Asset Building Champion Leader for STEPS.   Steve has been … Read More

  • Have a Happy and Safe Holiday!

    From all of us at STEPS, we wish everyone a safe and happy Holiday!

  • Youth Committee Festive Fun

    This December, our Youth Committee has been busy spreading holiday cheer throughout our town. ツThey started the month by voluteering to help out at the Armory Christmas Party for the guardsmen and their families. ツThey spent a Friday afternoon wrapping presents and candy donated by businesses and citizens in town through Southington Community Services. Then … Read More

  • Youth Committee Joins Community Fun!

    On Saturday, October 24, the STEPS Youth Committee joined in the Halloween fun at the Southington Drive-In. The students helped the event by spooking the haunted hay ride.

  • Drug Free Communities Project Officer Visits CT

    Connecticut Drug Free Communities grantees from around the state traveled to Southington this past Wednesday to meet with the CT Project Officer, Captain Cynthia Rubio.   Coalition staff were able to share a project or campaign they are currently working on, network and receive updates from Washington, DC.  One project that the Milford Coalition is … Read More

  • Asset Building Champions Meeting

    On Wednesday, October 14th, the Asset Building Champions from the elementary and middle schools in town gathered to talk about their plans for the school year as well as discuss asset building events that had already happened.   It was a great meeting with new ideas and a discussion for ways to build more assets … Read More

  • Be in the Know Forum

    On Wednesday, October 14th the STEPS Coalition held the first Be in the Know Forum on the CT Social Host Law and the dangers of underage drinking with Attorney Tony Sheffy, Dr. George Skarvinko, Lieutenant Steve Elliott and Officer Chad Butler from the Southington Police Department. Attorney Sheffy spoke on a few different scenarios that … Read More

  • STEPS Youth Support the Southington Red Ribbon Rally

    Every year, the STEPS Youth Committee and Youth Council support the Southington Drug Task Force's Red Ribbon Rally.  This year, the Youth Committee met to create their posters for the rally, giving examples of things they'd rather do than drugs. STEPS Youth Committee members like playing volleyball, singing, swimming and making good choices instead of … Read More

  • Lock It or Drop It

    The Lock It or Drop It Campaign is designed to educate and encourage residents to dispose their unwanted or unused prescription medications at the Permanent Medication Dropbox, located in the lobby of the Southington Police Department. ツIf the prescription medications are not ready to be disposed and are still being used, please lock or secure … Read More

  • Calendar House Health Fair

    On Tuesday, October 6th, staff members, Kelly Leppard and Meredith Fenwick, set up a table at the Calendar House Senior Health Fair to talk to seniors about the new Lock It or Drop It Campaign and using the Prescription Drop Box that is located in the lobby of the Southington Police Department.

  • Apple Harvest Weekend

    On Friday, October 2nd, the STEPS Youth Council met at the Apple Harvest Festival to hang up signs asking people please keep the festival smoke-free! Prevention Coordinator, Kelly Leppard, ツjoined the students posting the signs in the common areas as well as on different booths around the festival. ツWe appreciate everyone’s cooperation trying to keep … Read More