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STEPS Prevention Council

Our Mission

STEPS makes prevention a priority in our community through education, limiting access, and advocacy for policy change.

Our prevention work focuses on underage drinking, tobacco/vaping, cannabis/marijuana use, prescription drug misuse, and more. We believe that positive youth development is an essential building block to create generations of youth that are caring, competent, successful, and substance free.

Our Focus on Youth

STEPS was founded in 2007 with a mission to help our youth grow up to be caring, competent and successful. We develop programs and opportunities for young people to step up and showcase their best selves.

STEPS partners with Southington Public Schools to follow an Asset Building Classrooms (ABC) model. We also have STEPS Youth Council leadership opportunities, a youth community service initiative, and a classroom-based curriculum to improve student health and safety.

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Our Prevention Efforts

Our work in Southington to keep young people healthy and safe is a top priority. Data shows that substance use at a young age can lead to:

  • Higher suicide risk
  • Long-term substance use disorders
  • Mental health concerns (anxiety, depression, psychosis)
  • Poor school performance (lower grades, absenteeism)
  • Physical health issues (diseases, injuries)
  • Risky behaviors
  • Social and economic impacts (damaged relationships, missed career opportunities)

All these reasons are why substance use prevention among young people is so important. Take a moment to learn more about our work in Southington right now.

Areas of Focus

In both youth and adults, the perceptions around the risk of marijuana use has decreased dramatically. This is true not only in Connecticut but all over the United States. Some of this shift is in response to changes in social policies and laws.

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It is risky to misuse prescription medications or obtain medications that are not provided by a doctor or other medical professional. This is a main cause of preventable overdoses.

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Although tobacco use among youth in Southington is decreasing  – only 7% of Southington teens report using tobacco products – the usage of vaping products is on the rise.

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Many activities have ages when young people can safely start them. 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 legal age to drink is 21 for a reason – it is based on research that shows young people react differently to alcohol.

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Please join members of The Southington Police Department as they host our annual Stuff a Crusier event.

Members of our agency will be at Walmart on December 4, 2022 from 9 am until 1 pm. The intent is to collect Toys and gifts for donation.
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Our Asset Building Cool Bus embarked on another adventure last week! Our ABC Champions hosted school staff, prevention professionals, and other youth workers for a full day training on Friday. We covered asset building, how ABC got started, and the ways that the entire Southington community gets involved to promote the assets.

Special thanks to our guest presenters Tom and Nick from @ymcacampsloper, Lt. Cifone, Lt. Leppard, and Det. Lopa from @southington_police, and our course our Asset Building Canine Luke Jacob!
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Great job everyone!!!!

Congratulations to our own Megan Albanese, the Prevention Professional of the Year! Megan was surprised with this special honor today by the CT Association of Prevention Professionals at their annual meeting. We can’t think of anyone more deserving! ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to our own Megan Albanese, the Prevention Professional of the Year! Megan was surprised with this special honor today by the CT Association of Prevention Professionals at their annual meeting. We can’t think of anyone more deserving!

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Congrats Megan, you are the best ♥️

Congrats Megan!!!! You are so deserving of this award!! 👏🏻❤️👏🏻❤️

Congratulations, Megan! You are so deserving of this recognition. Incredibly proud of all you do! 🤗

Megan Albanese ,,, you're amazing. So proud of all you do,, love you, see you soon ... 💛

Congratulations Megan!! I’m so proud of you!

Congratulations, good efforts

Congratulations! Wonderful news for an amazing prevention professional.

Congratulations Megan !!!

Congratulations and Way to go… Couldn’t think of a better person for this award… Very proud of you Megan

Congrats Megan well deserved.

Congrats Megan,so very well deserved for all your continuous hard work and dedication that you do❣️

Congratulations Megan! So well deserved!!!

Congratulations Megan! You deserve it!

Congratulations, Megan! A well-deserved honor. 💜

Congratulations, well deserved 👏 🙌 ❤️

Congratulations 🎉 well deserved 💕

Congratulations. So well deserved

This is a wonderful honor Megan - congratulations!!!

Congratulations Megan! 😃

Congratulations Megan!!!

Congratulations Megan! 💜

Congratulations Megan!!

Congratulations Megan!

Congratulations Megan!

Congrats! Well deserved!!

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3-2-1…LAUNCH! 🚀 Our newly redesigned website is now live! Check out southingtonSTEPS.org for resources about asset building, substance misuse prevention and what we’re doing in Southington!

#getyourSTEPSin #southingtonsteps #southingtonct #mentionprevention
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3-2-1…LAUNCH! 🚀 Our newly redesigned website is now live! Check out southingtonSTEPS.org for resources about asset building, substance misuse prevention and what we’re doing in Southington! 

#getyourSTEPSin #southingtonsteps #southingtonct #mentionprevention
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