• Be In The Know: An Educational Forum for Parents

    By E. Richard Fortunato, STEPS Advisory Board Member, Media Sector 窶錬E IN THE KNOW窶 窶 STEPS As the new school year begins, Southington窶冱 Town-wide Effort to Promote Success, more familiarly known as STEPS, is off and running again as it begins its seventh year in operation with excitement.ツ So, here窶冱 a 窶save the date窶 notice … Read More

  • A Message from the New STEPS Advisory Board President

    A message from Jim Garstang, STEPS 2015-2016 Advisory Board President: I am pleased to follow Sue Saucier and John Myers to lead the STEPS Advisory Board for the new year. ツWe have a great group of supporters and board members that are anxious to get started. A few changes this year include additional student board … Read More

  • Welcome to Our New Advisory Board Members

      We would like to welcome our new STEPS Advisory Board members! ツWe are looking forward to a great year and you all joining our team! Top row (left to right): ツMorgan Maccione, Julia Brilla, Jack Eisenmann, Denise Sicotte, Carson Stifel Bottom row (left to right): Mark Pooler, Chris Bracken, James McAloon, Mark Fazzolari, Steve … Read More

  • September 2015 Youth Council Meeting

    On Tuesday, September 8th the new year of Youth Council kicked off with a meeting at Southington High School.  The students came together to work on a few projects for the Apple Harvest Parade and brainstorm projects for the upcoming year. Welcome to the new and returning members!

  • Youth Council Summer Meeting

    This summer, the STEPS Youth Council met at Recreation Park for a summer meeting to discuss ideas and plans for the fall. They did a team building exercise with co-leader Evelyn Ciaburri and spent time brainstorming ideas to work on this fall.

  • On Tuesday, June 9th the STEPS Youth Council held their end of the year celebration.  Advisors & Council Members met at the Hidden Valley Miniature Golf Course for food, fun, and mini golfing! This year, the Youth Council worked on projects regarding social norming and environmental change. In the fall, the group launched their town-wide … Read More

  • STEPS & CT Army National Guard Food Drive

    Join the CT Army National Guard and STEPS collecting food at the Southington Walmart on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. where they will be collecting food for the Southington Community Services. ツThe ten most needed foods are tuna, peanut butter, jelly, children’s snacks, juice boxes, macaroni & cheese, cereal, canned chicken … Read More

  • Special Thank You to Retiring Board Members

    Victoria Triano and John Myers have been with STEPS since it's inception in 2007.  After both serving two terms on our Advisory Board, including Executive Committee positions, Victoria and John are retiring from the board but will still be involved as 'Founding Fathers' Honorary Board Members.  We appreciate all of the time, effort, hard work … Read More

  • 5th Graders Make Cards for SHS Seniors

    This past weekend, the Southington High School Senior Class had their prom. ツThe Friday before, cards made by the 5th grade students throughout the school district were handed out to the seniors wishing them a good time at their prom on Saturday. Volunteers give out the hand made cards to the seniors as they made … Read More

  • Breaking the Cycle – Mountain Biking for Teens in Recovery

    Breaking the Cycle is a program that takes teenagers on rides on local mountain bike trails with experienced mountin bikers as leaders and mentors.  For more information, please see the brochure below and contact or call (860)992-2441.

  • Senior Prom and the CT Social Host Law

    by Tony Sheffy, founding partner at The Law Office of Sheffy, Mazzaccaro, DePaolo & Denigris, LLP ツ White teeth smiling – girls in gowns of every spring color and young men in black tuxedos line up for aツ final group shot before heading to the prom.ツ Cameras flash – pictures capturing the beauty of youth … Read More

  • STEPS’ Relay for Life Team Hosts Car Wash

    Come to the Southington Community YMCA on May 16th and get your car washed to support the STEPS Relay for Life team! Only $5 for a fantastic car wash!!!

  • Teen View: Reading for Pleasure

    by Sarah Lamb, STEPS Advisory Board Member

  • 2015 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

  • Reading for Pleasure at JFK Middle School

    The March Asset of the Month for the ABC Committees is Reading for Pleasure! JFK Middle School held a book swap in order to encourage students to read and make it easier to find books they will enjoy.

  • JFK Middle School Celebrates Cultural Diversity

    During the month of February, STEPS' Asset Building Classrooms celebrated Cultural Competence as the Asset of the Month. On February 26, after school, students from John F. Kennedy Middle School got together to share food and information about the different cultures they represent.

  • Underage Drinking Starts in the Home

    Do you have teenagers that are ever home alone?  Do you keep track of the amount of alcohol in your refrigerator, pantry or liquor cabinet? 44.5% of the  Southington students surveyed reported that if they do drink, they get their alcohol from their home with or without their parent's permission. YOU can help prevent this … Read More

  • YMCA Annual Meeting

    On Wednesday, January 28th, the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA held their 86th Annual Meeting at the Aqua Turf in Southington.  At the event, four members of our STEPS Advisory Board received awards.  Nancy Chiero, a special education teacher at Southington high school received the Unsung Hero Award.

  • Thalberg Elementary ABC Students Attend CAS Elementary Leadership Conference

    Thalberg students from the STEPS Asset Building Classrooms Club attended the CAS Elementary Leadership Conference at Naugatuck Valley Community College. They learned skills to be a good leader like how to problem solve, decision making skills, and teamwork. Students are Jillian, Nicole, Jessica, Amela, Angelina, CJ, Ethan, Jacob and Rory. Adults are Monica, Michelle, Molly … Read More

  • A Special Thank You to Pastor Jim Debner

  • A Year in Pictures from STEPS

    We had so many wonderful events in our community this year that STEPS was proud to be a part of. ツWe put together a gallery of the Year in Photos for 2014, click here to view it.

  • STEPS Advisory Board Member Nancy Chiero named ‘Unsung Hero’ by Southington Community YMCA

    On November 12, the Southington Community YMCA announced their awards for this year and STEPS is proud to announce that one of our Advisory Board Members, Nancy Chiero has received the 'Unsung Hero' award.  As a valuable member of the community and especially to the STEPS team, we are so proud of the work that … Read More

  • ’84’ is Spreading…

    Last week, the STEPS Youth Council starting spreading the number ’84’ around town, making people wonder just what this number really means…? ツMany are guessing but they won’t be revealing the answer until this Friday, November 21. ツHowever, we’ve started seeing this number pop up in different places around town like the YMCA… Southington High … Read More

  • #southington84

    Written by Matt Garry, STEPS Youth Council Member If you think you know what all these ’84’ signs around town mean, think again! The STEPS Youth Council has started a town-wide campaign to get one single number out to the community. This number has been on posters, pins and other items all around Southington. ツEveryone … Read More

  • SHS Student Council Think Tank at YMCA Camp Sloper

    On Wednesday, October 29, the students from Southington High School's Student Council Think Tank met at YMCA Camp Sloper to work on communication skills, trust building exercises and brainstorming ideas for projects and committees that they will work on during this upcoming year.

  • STEPS Receives DFC Grant for $625,000

  • STEPS at the Calendar House Health Fair

    Every year the Calendar House has a senior health fair and this year STEPS joined them to talk about the Medication Drop Box that is located in the lobby of the Southington Police Department..  The drop box is a terrific resource in town for anyone who needs to dispose of their medications that are expired … Read More

  • STEPS Attends Southington’s Red Ribbon Rally

    On Wednesday, October 15th members of the STEPS Youth Committee joined the Southington Drug Task Force at their 24th Annual Red Ribbon Rally on the Town Green.  People from town signed the Red Ribbon to commit to staying drug free.  The Red Ribbon will be on display at the Southington Public Library .  

  • 2014 Red Ribbon Rally

  • STEPS Youth Council September Meeting

    On Tuesday, September 23rd, the STEPS Youth Council met for the first time this school year.  The Youth Council welcomed new members and veteran members and began working on their plans for the upcoming year.  They have many projects planned and are very excited to continue the great work that they have been doing in … Read More

  • STEPS Attends National Prevention Network Conference

  • STEPS Receives SAAC’s Youth Education Award

    On September 9th, Morgan Maccione, a representative of the STEPS Youth Council, presented STEPS’ Substance Abuse Action Counil’s Photovoice Project at their Annual Meeting. ツThe photovoice project focused on youth answering the following three questions:

  • STEPS Announces New Advisory Board President

    Now that the STEPS Coalition has solid roots within the Southington community and because of recent updates to the coalition bylaws, the STEPS Advisory Board President seat has changed to one year terms. ツEach year, STEPS Executive Committee members will move up a seat (from Treasurer, to Secretary, to Vice President) until they are President. … Read More

  • A Very Special Thank You to Trish Kenefick!

    At the September STEPS Advisory Board meeting, Trish Kenefick received a very special ‘thank you’ plaque for completing two full terms (six years) on the STEPS Advisory Board. ツTrish represented the Drug Task Force and the Education Sector. Trish is one of the most dedicated and caring individuals we have ever had on the STEPS … Read More

  • Sons of Italy & UNICO Present ItalianFest Donation

    Every summer, the Sons of Italy and UNICO host the Southington Italian Fest and this year, the STEPS Coalition had the opportunity to staff one of the beverage booths.   Today we received a donation for helping out.  Thank you to the Sons of Italy and UNICO for this great opportunity!

  • Progressive Pathways Apple Harvest Road Race Training Program

    Progressive Pathways will be running a training program for anyone interested in running the Apple Harvest Road Race this fall.

  • The Abuse of Tramadol for Pain Alleviation

    This month, Generation Rx has information for us about the abuse of the drug Tramadol. Click here for more information. *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/misue is extremely important. ツIn this newsletter, we hope … Read More

  • GNB Ice Cream Social

    Join the Greater New Britain Community Collaborative on Wednesday, August 13th from 5:30-7:30pm at the New Britain YMCA for an ice cream social!

  • Southington Liquor Forum

    On Wednesday July 23, 2014, the Southington Police Department in conjunction with the STEPS Coalition, the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Liquor Control Division, and the Town of Southington, hosted a two hour informational session at Hawk窶冱 Landing Country Club.

  • STEPS Youth Council End of Year Celebration

    On Wednesday, July 9th, the STEPS Youth Council held their end of the year celebration.  Members met at the Hidden Valley Miniature Golf Course for food, fun, and mini golfing! This year, the Youth Council accomplished many goals.  One of the most important being the proposal and passing of two new town ordinances regarding tobacco … Read More

  • Southington Night with the New Britain Rock Cats

    On Thursday, July 24th the New Britain Rocks Cats are having a Southington STEPS Family Night!  Your $10 ticket includes a hot dog, popcorn and a bottled water. There are assigned seats so you will be together with your family.  

  • 2014 Wayton Open Tennis Tournament

    The 7th annual Wayton Open Tennis Tournament will take place July 11-20 at Southington High School.ツ Register online at by July 6th at midnight. Held annually in July, the tournament currently consists of divisions for all skill levels. The Wayton Open will offer seven divisions in 2014: Men’s A Singles, Men’s B Singles, Men’s … Read More

  • Create Together – An Intergenerational Photojournalism Project

  • A Special Thank You & Farewell

    Mihaela Fodor joined the STEPS Coalition as a board member representing Wheeler Clinic and the Reducing Substances sector two years ago.  She has been an integral part of STEPS and was the chair of the Parent Committee.  Mihaela and her family are moving to Michigan this month so we are sad to say goodbye.  We … Read More

  • ABC Champion Training Day

    On Thursday, May 22, 2014, the Asset Building Classrooms (ABC) Champions held their ‘4th Annual Training Day’ led by Steve Nyerick, Jeff Duquette, Josie Rogala, Charity Baker, and Kelly Leppard. ツ This training is for elementary, middle and high school representatives who will be part of the ABC initiative for the 2014-2015 school year. ツThe … Read More

  • 5th Graders Build Assets at YMCA Camp Sloper

    5th graders from Southington attended a training day at YMCA Camp Sloper on May 13th and 14th (Students that will be attending DePaolo went the first day and students that will be attending Kennedy went the next day). The Asset Development and Transition Day is filled with workshops for these 5th graders to help them … Read More

  • STEPS Relay for Life Car Wash THIS Saturday!

    Join the STEPS Relay for Life fundraising team at the Southington YMCA for a car wash on Saturday, May 24th!

  • Parent Engagement & Recognition Event Awards

    From Mihaela Fodor, Parent Committee: We are very excited to have the opportunity to reward six wonderful people in our community for their enthusiastic participation to our activities, their dedication to STEPS and outstanding volunteer spirit. Here are award winners: HEATHER BARTLEY- STEPS Parent Leader of the Year Award TREVER ROGERS- STEPS Youth Leader of … Read More

  • Relay for Life Bake Sale

    On Saturday, May 3 the STEPS Relay for Life team had a bake sale at the Western Little League field on Spring Street.  Thank you to everyone who came out and supported STEPS and Relay for Life by purchasing some delicious treats!

  • Southington 5th Graders Wish High School Seniors a Fun and Safe Prom

    5th graders from the elementary schools in town made some wonderful cards to spread wishes of fun and happiness to the seniors at SHS for their upcoming prom. Seniors received the cards today and showed them off to teachers and friends.