Town of Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families
Our mission is to mobilize youth and community partners to reduce youth substance use and to 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
||Adult Member at Large
2015-2017 Sectors and Representatives
||Mary Dean - Chamber of Commerce
|Youth Serving Organization
||Lucretia Duwel - Library
||Captain Paul DosSantos - Police Department
|Civic / Volunteer Organization
||Jack Cratty - Rotary Club
|Religious / Fraternal Organization
||Ed Rawls and Meg Williams - Clergy
||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!!
Application now available here: M.O.N.E.Y. Grant Application
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.” Priority is given to applications received on or before December 14, 2015.
Making Extraordinary Differences And Leading Stratford ~ 2015 MEDALS Awards
The Youth Committee of Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families presented 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.