We Bring Southington Together to Build Assets and Prevent Substance Misuse

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.

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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Lots of laughs were had this morning while reading The Book with No Pictures at our STEPS Storytime! After the book, Youth Council members offered yummy snacks and led a fun frame making craft - so we could make pictures after reading a whole book without them!

We are so grateful for our partners at Southington Public Library. They put together a special book display for #NationalPreventionWeek24 - find it right by the front door!
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Love when these terrific role models help younger kids ❤️

Well done Southington STEPS Coalition READING FOR PLEASURE! Developmental asset number 25. The more assets, the better chance for success!

Our self-care station at SHS was met with great enthusiasm today! We combined two days - journaling and hydration - and had so much fun watching the students pick the perfect flavor for their water and sticker for their journal. See you tomorrow for kindness day! #preventionhappensherect #NationalPreventionWeek24 ... See MoreSee Less

Day 2 of #nationalpreventionweek24 and we’re proud to announce that we are partnering with @southington_library on some special activities this week! Check out our schedule and join us to check out a book, grab a take-home kit, or read a story with Youth Council! ... See MoreSee Less

Day 2 of #nationalpreventionweek24 and we’re proud to announce that we are partnering with @southington_library on some special activities this week! Check out our schedule and join us to check out a book, grab a take-home kit, or read a story with Youth Council!Image attachmentImage attachment

Get your Creative Activities on!Hey Friends! The awesome construction crew building our new library needs your help! They are looking for YOUR artwork to be featured around the construction site! Please give us a call at 860-628-0947x3 for any questions! ... See MoreSee Less

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Bring your family to the CT Science Center on May 18, from 11-3, for a free statewide celebration capping off #nationalpreventionweek24. The state's mascot for prevention #starfishstella, will be present, along with children's author Laurel Lorenzini, therapy dogs, prevention partners, youth, and resource vans from #changethescriptct and Responsible Play CT. We hope to see you there!

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