Town of Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families
Our mission is to mobilize youth and community partners to reduce youth substance use and create a safe, healthy and drug-free environment where youth and families thrive.
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
|Youth Co-Vice Chair
|Adult Co-Vice Chair
||Youth Sector Representative
||Youth Member at Large
||Youth Member at Large
2015-2017 Sectors and Representatives
||Mary Dean - Chamber of Commerce
|| Kathryn Mascia
| 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
||Bill Hoey - 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 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.
Results - Youth Committee members reviewed the six MONEY Grant applications the were submitted. After Reviewing, the Youth Committee met with each applicant to ask a series of questions based upon the program the applicants were proposing. After the grant interviews were completed, Youth Committee deliberated which grant proposals to fund. The results of the funding can be found if you click here
Making Extraordinary Differences And Leading Stratford ~ 2015 MEDALS Awards
The Youth Committee of Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families presents the 2015 MEDALS Awards to local youth, adults, businesses, and community organizations which have made an impact and demonstrate leadership in Stratford. The Coalition believes that Stratford youth are a resource not only to each other, but to our schools and community as well.