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:

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:

  1. Students presented to major community leaders and educators to discuss tobacco prevention in the school system, based on their research of where and when students smoke. They found it was on the buses, in school bathrooms and at bus stops.
  2. Two students talked to NBT Bus Company about smoking on the bus, making connections with kids and following through with rules and regulations to keep kids safe.
  3. Patrol officers now screen the parking lots before school for smoking and illegal activity.
  4. Principal at the high school added the rules and consequences to smoking on school grounds to his annual speech to each grade this school year (school boundaries asset)
  5. School handbook rules for smoking posters with assets were posted on each bathroom at SHS, JFK and JAD.
  6. “Smoke Free Area” signs near booths or rides at the Apple Harvest festival in September-October. Placed signs with STEPS logo around area.

Safe Schools Tipline:

  1. Students created a safe-schools anonymous tipline logo to promote in all areas of school and home including classrooms, buses, and more.
  2. School announcements included the tipline for several months so students would add it to their phone.
  3. AMP Radio provided a commercial uses the students, explaining the tipline.
  4. Tipline poster was placed in the front of every bus in the district.
  5. Magnets were created and sent to all middle and high school families with the tipline logo.
  6. Promoted by principals during homeroom/lunch waves by placing # in phone
  7. Newsletters – JFK – logo included
  8. All Southington Phone Companies received a letter, laminated poster and tipline business cards/holder for their store

Asset Building:

  1. Conversation Cards to promote “Positive Family Communication” in 16 restaurants
  2. Home Edition Conversation Cards were created and used as a fundraiser (and will sell at multiple locations including Youth Services, YMCA, Schools, Library and more.)
  3. Also promoted the following assets through other projects:
  4. Planning & Decision Making
  5. Youth as Resources
  6. School Boundaries
  7. Safety
  8. Service to Others

Southington Serves:

  1. Town website now hosts a page off their site with teen volunteer opportunities when various non-profits in town submit a form
  2. Met with many town employees including Town Attorney, Town Clerk, IT department leader,etc.
  3. Sent letters to over 50 organizations
  4. Advertised with flyers around town
  5. Placed on Facebook by over 6 organizations
  6. SHS, JAD and JFK presented during Advisory meetings
  7. The Record Journal, Patch, Citizen and Observer wrote articles about the page
  8. Students presented to Town Council, Board of Education, Brown Bag PTO group and Clergy Association

Safe Prom:

  1. Students created a script for the Social Host Law for a PSA and chose all channels used in airing
  2. Partnered with Apple Valley Bowling: safe prom alternatives and bowling package for after prom
  3. Partnered with Kristen’s Kloset and Modern Formals to promote safe after prom planning using sign hangers
  4. Partnered with 7 local florists and designed a sticker to promote safe proms on flower boxes
  5. Positive Posters to Hair & Nail Salons

Trained on:

  • Alcohol Logic Model
  • Marijuana Logic Model
  • 40 Developmental Assets
  • Community Wheel
  • Social Norming
  • Creation of an Ordinance

Which of the 7 Environmental Strategies have we covered this year?

  1. Provide Information(PSA, posters, etc.)
  2. Enhance Skills(conversation cards)
  3. Provide Support (tipline)
  4. Enhance Access/Reduce Barriers(Southington Serves)
  5. Change Consequences
  6. Change Physical Design
  7. Modify/Change Policies(in the process with ordinance)

A very special thank you to the Youth Council for their hard work and dedication to the STEPS Coalition and an even bigger thank you to Ev Ciaburri for leading this awesome team!