Town of Stratford Youth and Family Advisory Board

Since 1977 the Town of Stratford Youth and Family Advisory Board (YAFAB) has worked in cooperation with Stratford Community Services, the local Youth Service Bureau, to develop a coordinated network of services for young people and families. The Board is advisory to the Mayor and promotes the positive, healthy development and well-being of children, youth and families in Stratford. The Board supports community and youth development programs through advocacy, funding, publicity and serving as a catalyst for community action . By bringing together youth-serving organizations, parents and youth, the Board is able to accomplish its work through collaboration and networking. In recent years the Board has taken action in areas such as school-age child care, teen activities, community service, violence prevention, underage drinking and teen tobacco use. The Youth and Family Advisory Board is also the local prevention council and receives funding from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Regional Youth/Adult Substance Abuse Project.

The Board's mission is to mobilize youth and community partners to create a safe, healthy and drug-free environment where youth and families thrive.  It is comprised of representatives from youth-serving organizations, school, police, youth and other concerned citizens.

As of October 1, 2014, Town of Stratford Youth and Family Advisory Board has been awarded a Drug Free Communities grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the amount of $125,000 a year through September 2019. The goals are to increase community collaboration and reduce underage drinking and marijuana use among youth ages 12-18 years. For more information, click here.

The following people serve on the Board during 2014-2015.

Shelly Bheer Consumer
Barbara Blosveren Stratford Library Association
Andrea Boissevain

Stratford Health Department

Darrin Bosco Youth
Greta Broneill
Executive Committee - Stratford Health Department
Chris Brown Youth
Brianni Davillier Youth
Krisen Doerr Stratford Public Schools
Paul DosSantos
Stratford Police Department
Madelyn Dragone
Youth Committee Co-Chair - Youth
Lucretia Duwel
Stratford Library Association
Winnie Etienne Co-Chair - Youth
Collette Fearon
Angelo Giannitelli IV Youth
Paige Hoydick Youth
Raquel Juarez Youth
Sean Kennedy Co-Vice Chair, PFS Coalition Chair - Consumer
Zachary Kenney Youth
Roula Kouvatas
Youth Committe Co-Chair - Youth
Olivia Mastroluca Co-Vice-Chair - Youth
Dudley Orr Co-Chair - Stratford Public Schools
Pat Patusky Stratford Recreation Department
Krist Peña Youth
Louis Perno Sterling House Community Center
Rev. Edward Rawls First Congregational Church
Suds Range Stratford YMCA
Alicia Rogs Youth
Ty Sims South End Community Center
Jodi Palmieri Shuman Consumer
Mary Tiernan
Stratford Recreational Department
Shannon Tripodi Youth
Mark Wright Executive Committee - Youth

Please click here for minutes and agendas.

Mobilizing Our Neighbors and Engaging Youth ~ M.O.N.E.Y.

M.O.N.E.Y. Wants to Give Youth Groups Money!!

The Stratford Youth and Family Advisory Board, with funds from the Local Prevention Council, provides grants that support local youth-led activities that align with their mission to mobilize youth and community partners to create a safe, healthy, drug-free environment where youth and families thrive. 

According to Winnie Etienne, Bunnell High School junior and Board Co-Chair, “The Board has allocated a total of $1,500 from the Local Prevention Council grant.  We expect to fund six grants of $250.00.” Roula Kouvatas, Stratford High sophomore, and Madelyn Dragone, Lauralton Hall sophomore and Youth Committee Co-Chairs said, “The activities must be planned and conducted by Stratford youth, including completion of the application and participation in a grant review meeting.” Priority is given to applications received on or before December 15, 2014. 

The projects must be planned and implemented by Stratford youth.

2014-2015 MONEY Applications are due Monday, December 15, 2014 by noon.
Click here for an application

For more information, call 203.385.4095 or email Anna Gasinski at

Making Extraordinary Differences And Leading Stratford ~ MEDALS

The Youth Committee of Stratford Youth and Family Advisory Board presents MEDALS Awards to local youth, adults, businesses, and community organizations which have made an impact and demonstrate leadership in Stratford. The Board believes that Stratford youth are a resource not only to each other, but to our schools and community as well. 2015 MEDALS nomination information to be announce in January 2015.