A custom curriculum that helps Southington students focus on health, safety and prevention
One of our most important partnerships is with the Southington Police Department. STEPS built a pioneering, customized curriculum geared to the needs of our local students and community. A team of Southington police officers teaches this curriculum to grade 5 students in Southington Public Schools.
Communities Creating Change — or C3 — is tailored to the needs of today’s students and communities. It addresses important topics to help students develop and harness positive skills and assets. This helps them become their best selves. The list of topics includes growth mindset, substance use prevention, online safety, mental health, and much more.
C3 was developed with input from professionals in elementary education and substance use prevention. The curriculum uses real-world, group-focused activities to help students explore, interact with, and embrace concepts. Modules in the curriculum include:
Asset Building Cops
Thank you to the Southington police officers who deliver our curriculum.
Flanders Elementary School Detective Lopa
Strong Elementary School Officer Medena
Derynoski Elementary School Officer Verab
Kelley Elementary School Officer Grigerek
Oshana Elementary School Officer Fisher
Thalberg Elementary School Officer Schlitten
South End Elementary School Officer Morely
Hatton Elementary School Officer Bradle
Southington Catholic School Officer Olsen
SHS/KSA Officer Valentine
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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 a STEPS Youth Council and a classroom-based curriculum to improve student health and safety.