Town of Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families 



Our mission is to mobilize youth and community partners to reduce youth substance abuse and to create a safe, healthy and drug-free environment where youth and families thrive.

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Since 1977, the Town of Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families (Formerly known as the 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 Coalition's purpose:

  • Inform the Mayor about matters, policies, and programs that impact youth and families.
  • Serve as the Drug Free Communities Coalition, Local Prevention Council, and the Youth Service Bureau Advisory Board. This ensures coordinated and collaborative efforts among similarly functioning organizations.
  • Strengthen collaboration among youth, parents, and organizations that create community conditions to reduce and prevent high risk behavior and promote well-being among Stratford youth.
  • Promote Search Institute 40 Developmental Assets, a framework of qualities, experiences and relationships youth need to succeed. 

As of October 1, 2014, Town of Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families 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.

2015-2017 Coalition Executive Officers 

Roula Kouvatas Youth Co-Chair
Sean Kennedy
Adult Co-Chair 
Kristi Peña
Youth Co-Vice Chair
Paul DosSantos
Adult Co-Vice Chair 
Nicholas Satta  Youth Sector Representative
Raquel Juarez  Youth Member at Large 
Patricia Hines Adult Member at Large

2015-2017 Sectors and Representatives 

Youth         Nicholas Satta 
Parent Denise Keegan 
Business Bill Steindl- CT Distributors Inc. 
Media Amy Knorr and Sib Law 
School Kathryn Mascia and Christopher Koch 
Youth Serving Organization  Lucretia Duwel - Library
Law Enforcement Captain Paul DosSantos - Police Department
Civic / Volunteer Organization Jack Cratty - Rotary Club
Religious / Fraternal Organization Ed Rawls and Meg Williams - Clergy
Healthcare Professionals Jodi Palmieri Schumann, R.N. - St. Vincent's 
State / Local / Tribal Government Sean Kennedy - CT Dept of Rehabilitation Services
Substance Abuse Organization Darin Bershefsky - Wayne's Walk Foundation


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

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

The Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families, with funds from the Local Prevention Council, provides grants that support local youth-led community service activities that align with their mission to mobilize youth and community partners to reduce youth substance abuse and to create a safe, healthy, drug-free environment where youth and families thrive. 

According to Winnie Etienne, Bunnell High School senior 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 junior, and Madelyn Dragone, Lauralton Hall junior 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.”

For the 2016-17 MONEY Grant Application, click here.

For 2015-16 MONEY Grant recipients, click here

Making Extraordinary Differences And Leading Stratford ~  2016 MEDALS Awards

The Youth Committee of Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Making Extraordinary Differences And Leading Stratford (MEDALS) Awards. To make a nomination, individuals may simply submit a paragraph or two about why they think the individual, business or organization makes a positive impact on the quality of life in Stratford and demonstrates leadership. MEDALS recipients were honored at the SPYF Annual Town Hall Meeting on June 14, 2016. 

Coalition By-Laws

2016-17 Coalition Meeting Schedule

2016-17 Executive Committee Meeting Schedule 

2016-17 Youth Committee Meeting Schedule

2015-16 School Assets Committee Meeting Schedule


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Additional Links to Sub-Committee Agendas and Minutes

Drug Free Communities Documents


 Please click here for minutes and agendas of all town meetings.


Contact Information

Stratford Partnership For Youth & Families
468 Birdseye Street
Stratford, Connecticut 06615

Phone: (203) 385-4095
Fax: (203) 381-2064
E-mail: Anna Gasinski at

Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm


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