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Trick-or-Treating Tips from the Search Institute!

The Search Institute has provided us with 'Tips for Building Neighborhood Connections' when trick-or-treating this Halloween.  These tips help build Developmental Assets®—the skills, exper

A Weekly FAX from the Center for Substance Abuse Research

In the October 22nd, 2012 issue of "FAX" out of the University of Maryland, this weekly update on research relating to substance abuse gives statistics on reported type of first drug use. The following is a brief summary:

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 ehyatt@lisainc.org ツ       LOCAL AGENCIES TEAMツUP TO TACKLE SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN SOUTHINGTON   1-2-3 Prevention, Intervention and … 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

Asset Building Classrooms

Asset Building Classrooms is a partnership between STEPS and the Southington Public School System to develop healthy and successful youth with intention. ツWe follow the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Asset Model by highlighting an ‘Asset of the Month’ in each school throughout the district. We are already off to a wonderful start for this 2017-2018 … Read More

History

Southington窶冱 Town-wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) is our community’s substance abuse prevention coalition. We strive to make prevention a priority here in the Southington community through education, limiting access and policy change. Our work specifically focuses on underage drinking, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drug prevention. In addition, we follow the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental … Read More

Positive Youth Development

STEPS was founded with the mission of helping our youth grow up to be caring, competent and successful individuals. STEPS follows the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets Model of encouraging the growth of 40 building blocks needed for healthy youth development. External building blocks are the environmental factors provided by families, peers, teachers, and other … Read More

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

If a prescription drug is directed by a medical professional, it is medication. If it is used or obtained without a prescription, it is not only illegal but dangerous. Teens that use prescription drugs, for non-medical reasons, are usually introduced to the drug by their doctors, who have prescribed the medication for a specific reason. … Read More

Tobacco, E-Cigarettes and Vaping Prevention

Although tobacco use among youth in Southington is decreasing, with only 7% of Southington teens reporting using tobacco products, the usage of electronic cigarettes and vaping products is on the rise. Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices designed to deliver nicotine with flavorings and other chemicals in vapor instead of smoke. Electronic Cigarettes deliver nicotine without … Read More

Underage Drinking Prevention

Many activities have ages of initiation. A person must wait until age 16 to start driving, age 18 to marry without parental consent, age 35 to become president, and so on. The drinking age is 21 for a reason; the age limit for alcohol is based on research, which shows that young people react differently … Read More

Southington STEPS

Southington窶冱 Town-wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) is our community’s substance abuse prevention coalition. We strive to make prevention a priority here in the Southington community through education, limiting access and policy change. Our work specifically focuses on underage drinking, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drug prevention. In addition, we follow the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

About STEPS

Southington窶冱 Town-wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) is our community窶冱 substance abuse prevention coalition located in Southington, Connecticut. We strive to make prevention a priority here in the Southington community through education, limiting access and policy change. Our work specifically focuses on underage drinking, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drug prevention. In addition, we follow the … Read More

STEPS Community Forum 2014

On Tuesday March 4th, STEPS hosted their fourth biennial Community Forum at the Aqua Turf Club.ツ Members of the STEPS Advisory Board presented information that was collected from the Search Institute窶冱 Attitudes and Behaviors Survey that was administered to the 7th, 9th and 11th graders in the Southington Public School System.

STEPS Support Card

The STEPS Support Card is now available on ourツresource page.ツ The Support Card is a summary of our findings fromツthe Search Institute’s Attitudes and Behaviors Survey that was administered in November toツSouthington 7th, 9th, and 11th grade public school students. Click here to view the STEPS Support Card

Youth Council Presents Ordinances to Town Council

  On Monday, January 27, 2014 the Youth Council from STEPS presented two new ordinances to the town council members.  The youth council has been working on the ordinances with Town Attorney, Mark Sciota, for the past six months doing research and honing the language of the ordinances.  The youth council presented the two ordinances … Read More

Relay for Life is Back!

  Last year, STEPS Advisory Board members Trever Rogers and Sarah Lamb teamed together to form a Relay for Life team on behalf of STEPS. The team, Southington STEPS up to Cancer, surpassed their original goal of $1,000 and raised over $3,000. This money was raised through various fundraisers such as a car wash which … Read More

Youth Proactive in the Vision of STEPS

by E. Richard Fortunato, STEPS Advisory Board Member   As a member of the STEPS Advisory Board for Media, I've enjoyed an upfront view of the mission, work projects, contributions and stories of virtually all of the sectors making up the coalition called STEPS, Southington's Town-wide Efforts to Promote Success.   

“To Save a Life” Shown at Faith Living Church

By Renee Luna, student at Southington High School According to a 2009 study by Center for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death of people between the ages of 10 and 24.  This statistic may shock some yet be no surprise to others, but one thing is clear: no one wants to … Read More

Nine Ways to Build Assets this Holiday Season

With a little patience and planning, the holidays can be used to nurture many aspects of the developmental foundation that kids need to succeed. Here are some examples from the Search Institute to try with the young people in your life. 

Youth Council Looking to See What Our Stores Are Really Selling!

For the past few months, the STEPS Youth Council has been working on changing the location of drug paraphernalia in our local gas stations and convenience stores.  This idea came about because members were disturbed to find paraphernalia such as bongs and rolling papers right on the counters when you check out!  Students feel that easy exposure to these … Read More

AUGUST ASSET BUILDING CHALLENGE

The summer is the perfect time for kids to get involved in a sport, start a hobby or participate in anything creative. School is out, homework is no longer their first priority and the weather is flawless. Here are 11 quick ideas or tips that can help build both of these assets during July and … Read More

Youth Council Celebrates Accomplishments!

The STEPS Youth Council celebrated their accomplishments at Hawks Landing Country Club this past Tuesday night.  What a wonderful way to end a great year of hard work! The following is a list of projects the Youth Council worked on this past year: YOUTH COUNCIL ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2012-2013 Tobacco Prevention:

JUNE ASSET BUILDING CHALLENGE

This month's asset is #40 — Positive View of Personal Future; and with perfect timing for those seniors who are about to graduate and move to the next chapter of their lives! Here are 6 quick tips for the 6th month of STEPS Asset Building Challenges: 1) Encourage your children to spend time in their … Read More

Strong Connection with Parents Reduces Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

Strong Connection With Parents Reduces Teens窶 Prescription Drug Abuse: Study

Southington Serves – An Opportunity for Kids, Brought to you by STEPS kids!

Youth Council has done it again! A student came to a meeting with an idea, and these 16 students worked hard for their ideas to come to fruition. The student was complaining of no way to fulfill her volunteer hours for her many obligations because she didn't know who to ask or where to go. … Read More

Marijuana IQ Study Successfully Defended by Scientists

It's one thing to believe in the "stoner" or "burn out" stereotype, but recent studies have consistently defended the stereotype to in fact, be real. National Institute on Drug Abuse and also studied internationally, says that there is a strong link between marijuana use and dropping IQ rates. The article was found on CADCA Coalitions … Read More

Super Bowl Sunday isn’t just about football anymore!

The Drug-Free Action Alliance [DFAA] has conducted extensive research to express the concern involving alcohol advertisement. The scary truth revels that the more youth are exposed to alcohol advertising, the more likely they are to consume alcohol underage.

Policies Banning Tobacco Product Displays May Deter Youth Tobacco Purchases

CADCA published a survey on December 13th regarding the purchase of tobacco products. Results stressed the significance of visible tobacco products in correlation to higher likelihood of youth purchase. The article states:

The Smarter Ways to Deal with Marijuana Legalization

On October 30th, 2012, Former Senior Policy Advisor to President Obama's Drug Czar, Kevin Sabet wrote about the smarter ways to deal with marijuana legalization. The following is his article:

An Introduction to Developmental Assets

On Monday, October 15, 2012, members of the Asset Building Classroom Leadership Team (Asset Building Champions) came together to discuss the initiative and the progress being made so far this school year. At the beginning of their meeting, every champion was able to watch a brief video created by the Search Institute on Developmental Assets.

Strict Moms Influence Kids’ Friends: Study

Strict Moms Influence Kids' Friends: Study   Authoritative parenting can help teen friends cut drinking, smoking and drug use, researchers say By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) –

OCTOBER ASSET BUILDING CHALLENGE!

The 2012-2013 school year will be the second year of Asset Building Classrooms, an initiative in the Southington school system developed by STEPS. The faculty at convocation was fired up and excited to begin their work building assets again this year. Students are also excited to participate in the ABC activities planned for 2012-2013.

Will a sip of alcohol immunize or encourage your little one?

If you're at a restuarant and your child asks for a sip of your drink, what do you do? Many parents are at a stand-still, contemplating whether to allow a sip to show children that alcohol is not a forbidden fruit but rather something only adults enjoy or forbid the sip completely, keeping a consistent … Read More

SEPTEMBER ASSET BUILDING CHALLENGE!

The 2012-2013 school year will be the second year of Asset Building Classrooms, an initiative in the Southington school system developed by STEPS. The faculty at convocation was fired up and excited to begin their work building assets again this year. Students are also excited to participate in the ABC activities planned for 2012-2013.

Youth Who Use Marijuana Risk Cognitive Decline

Researchers studying the harmful effects of Marijuana have recently found strong correlation to marijuana use before 18, and the long lasting, permanent and damaging decline its use can have on IQ score. "The Voice of the American Psychiatric Association and the Psychiatric Community

STEPS Logic Model Workshops

This past summer, STEPS Advisory Board members participated in a series of Logic Model Workshops to create a new strategic action plan based on new data.  John Daviau, of John Daviau Consultants, LLC. facilitated the workshops.

STEPS Offers Challenge to New Britain Transportation

On Wednesday, August 22, 2012, STEPS made a presentation to staff and district school bus drivers at New Britain Transportation on how they can help make a difference this upcoming school year. Natalie Nyerick, 11th grade student at Southington High School, and Trever Rogers, 9th grade student at Southington High School were the STEPS representatives and … Read More

Back to School Tips!

Here are a few tips for when your child goes back to school! 1.    Read together. 2.    Encourage your child to read – show them the newspaper article you’re reading; even the comics! 3.    Visit the library with your child. 4.    Provide books, cross word puzzles, Sudoku and other mind-stimulating activities at home.

Teens More Likely to Try Cigarettes, Marijuana and/or Alcohol in June or July

Teens are more likely to try cigarettes or marijuana in June or July than any other month, says Join Together, a collaboration of the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Summertime is an exciting time for kids, but down-time and less structure and supervision can have dangerous outcomes.  The following is part of an article … Read More

JULY ASSET BUILDING CHALLENGE

The summer is the perfect time for kids to get involved in a sport, start a hobby or participate in anything creative. School is out, homework is no longer their first priority and the weather is flawless. Here are 10 quick ideas or tips that can help build both of these assets during July and … Read More

Alcopops Cheaper Than Energy Drinks

The following article was found on Alcohol Justice: The Industry Watchdog website and describes a recently discovered controversy over pricing of alcoholic drinks cheaper in comparison to non-alcoholic drinks at establishments such as 7-11 convenience stores.