Tuesday, November 21, 2017

News from the Road

Submitted by Nancy Chiero 

The Education and Business sectors are off and running. We met as a joint committee on February 6th. At that time we discussed the major impact that we can have on the students in our community in terms of building developmental assets. 

Submitted by Nancy Chiero 

The Education and Business sectors are off and running. We met as a joint committee on February 6th. At that time we discussed the major impact that we can have on the students in our community in terms of building developmental assets. 

Jackie St. John, Jeff Duquette, and Steve Nyerick have so graciously accepted the challenge of getting the education sector off the ground.  Their three goals are to get the message out in the schools, to create a Southington asset building committee and to develop support for the school based teams that are created. So far, they have developed an education logo that incorporates our STEPS logo with the slogan….. (nameof school)   Supports Asset Building Classrooms.  They met with Kelly Berkmoes to talk about funding a banner for each school in town. They also plan to contact other towns that have successfully implemented an asset development program into their school systems.  Kelly has already passed that information on to the committee. The ideas generated could potentially be incorporated into their plans. In addition, they met with Dr. Erardi on March 14th to discuss their vision for the Asset Building Committee. They reported where they are currently and they talked about future plans.  Joe Erardi is 100% on board with their vision. On March 30th we are doing a presentation for all school administrators on asset development. At that time we will ask for their support. 

The Business sector is being co-chaired by Melissa Erickson and Jim Garstang.  Their first meeting was held on March 23rd. Marissa Calvi-Rogers and Patrick O’Keefe, SHS teachers, along with Dave Rustico, Jerry Brick, and Perry Philips met to brainstorm ideas as to how best to involve the business community in building assets in our youth.  They have so many great ideas!  The plan is to identify students at risk, to find out what their interests are and to create a catalog of programs, activities, and/or volunteer opportunities that exist within the business community for the students.  As the plan unveils, you will continue to be informed. Stay tuned………Big things are happening! 

On behalf of the entire STEPS Board of Directors, we salute these champions and thank them for their time, effort and expertise in helping to change our students one at a time.