We Bring Southington Together to Build Assets and Prevent Substance Misuse

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.

STEPS Youth Council

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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.

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.

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.

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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We had fun discussing the pasta-bilities of STEPS with our friend Ret. Deputy Chief Bill Palmieri at the helm!

Bill - Thank you for your long time dedication to Southington, as a law enforcement officer, a member of STEPS, and in so many other ways. Congrats on your retirement!
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Cindy Lou Mason..an old friend..

*TO BE RESCHEDULED* Knowledge is power! Join us for a timely free panel discussion for parents and their children in grades 6 - 12 around the realities of youth substance use. RSVP to jenniferb@ahmyouth.org with the number of adults and youth attending. Ice Cream Dream will be giving free ice to those attending the panel discussion! Andover Hebron Marlborough Youth Services Amplify, Inc. Town of Hebron Town of Andover, CT Town of Marlborough Town of Marlborough Bulletin Board Connecticut Youth Services Association Southington STEPS Coalition The Governor's Prevention Partnership East Hampton Youth & Family Youth and Social Services Town of Colchester ... See MoreSee Less

Strong School is building their Reading for Pleasure asset! 📚We can't wait! We are going to be handing out the books and starting One School One Book this week! Keep your eyes 👀 peeled for details! ... See MoreSee Less

Strong School is building their Reading for Pleasure asset! 📚
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