Youth and Family Advisory Board

Since 1977 the 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. The following people serve on the Board during 2013-2014.

Cheyenne Ahmad Youth
Shelly Bheer Consumer
Barbara Blosveren Stratford Library Association
Andrea Boissevain Stratford Health Department
Greta Roberts Broneill
Executive Committee - Stratford Health Department
Josephine Burruano Consumer
Krisen Doerr Stratford Public Schools
Paul DosSantos
Youth Committee Co-Chair - Stratford Police Department
Madelyn Dragone
Lucretia Duwel
Stratford Library Association
 Frank Eannotti
Stratford Police Department
Winnie Etienne Youth
Collette Fearon
Clarence Garskins Co-Chair - Youth
Aamir Kadeem Youth
Sean Kennedy Co-Vice Chair, PFS Coalition Chair - Consumer
Roula Kouvatas
Olivia Mastroluca Youth
Dudley Orr Chair - Stratford Public Schools
Pat Patusky Stratford Recreation Department
Louis Perno Sterling House Community Center
Rev. Edward Rawls First Congregationals Church
Taisha Rivera Youth Committee Co-Chair - Youth
Giovanni-Marie Roper Executive Committee - Youth
Suds Range Stratford YMCA
Becky Simon Co-Vice-Chair - Youth
Ty Sims South End Community Center
Tegh Terrill Youth
Mary Tiernan
Stratford Recreational Department
Mark Wright Youth

Please click here for minutes and agendas.

Moblizing 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 Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Erin Marie Babineau Memorial Fund to fund local youth involvement projects. Youth groups can receive up to $250 to promote prevention and wellness opportunities  for successful growth in children and teens.

The projects must be planned and implemented by Stratford youth. The deadline is Monday, December 4, 2013. 
click here for an application!

Youth as Resources Awards

The Stratford Youth and Family Advisory Board recognized local youth groups, individual youth volunteers, adult groups, individual adult volunteers, and businesses for their contribution to our community. The Board believes that Stratford youth are a resource not only to each other, but to our schools and community as well. Given skills, opportunities and resources, the Stratford Youth and Family Advisory Board is confident that Stratford youth can make our community a better place for all. The 2013 Awards were presented on May 19, 2014.