What We Do

Stratford Partnership's goals are to increase community collaboration and reduce youth substance abuse, primarily focusing on youth alcohol and marijuana use. We implement environmental strategies to create community-level change.

Underage Drinking & Marijuana Prevention

We develop smart, proactive strategies for the community to reduce underage drinking and youth marijuana use.

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 Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention

We build strong community partnerships to implement strategies that prevent the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. 

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Prevention
Works!

Since 2008, the rate of underage alcohol use has decreased from 33% to 24%. But there is still more work to be done!

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By Tammy Trojanowski 05 May, 2017
Stratford Police Explorers with Albert Permonzono (center), owner of House of Spirits on Honeyspot Rd. From left: Ken Shafer, Sean Excellent, Advisor James Jackson, Devin Toth, Danielle Gordon and Anginette Repollet
By Tammy Trojanowski 20 Apr, 2017

Do you hear all that chatter? Stratford Partnership, in collaboration with Stratford Junior Woman’s Club and Town of Stratford Economic Development, has a new initiative to get Stratford families talking!

Our 'Restaurant Edition' Conversation Cards will debut during Stratford’s annual Restaurant Week from April 23 — 29, 2017 on the tables of over 30 participating restaurants. Each Conversation Card has a question, such as   What is the best way to spend a rainy day?   or   What makes you laugh the hardest?   While waiting to order or to eat, the cards hope to inspire diners to put down their cell phones and participate in fun, positive conversations.

These Conversation Cards are an asset building initiative following the Search Institute’s 40 developmental assets believed to promote healthy development in children and teens, from healthy self esteem, positive peer influence to preventing the use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs.

Research shows that when families have open lines of communication, families can more readily discuss more challenging topics, such as alcohol and other drugs. According to Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, teens that learn about the risks form their parents are up to 50% less like to try alcohol and marijuana.

Special thanks to all the restaurants for being a part of an Asset Building Community, to Stratford's Asset Building Classroom Asset Ambassadors for the great questions, and to our friends from Southington STEPS (SouthingtonSteps.org) for this phenomenal idea!!

IF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAPPEN TO SIT AT A TABLE THAT HAS A SET OF CONVERSATION CARDS:
1. S
NAP A SELFIE
2. P
OST IT ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT (FACEBOOK, TWITTER OR INSTAGRAM)
3. TAG US AND/OR HASHTAG #STRATFORDTALKS

We can't wait to see your pictures!!

By Tammy Trojanowski 26 Mar, 2017
Despite popularity in the news and in our culture, marijuana legalization has many hidden costs to children, families, and communities. In the states where recreational marijuana is now legal, there has been an increase in both expenses and in lives and livelihood.
By Tammy Trojanowski 24 Mar, 2017

“DYING IN VEIN” SCREENS AT STRATFORD LIBRARY APRIL 5TH

Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families, Stratford Library and Stratford Health Department will present the a special free screening of the acclaimed documentary, “Dying in Vein: The Opiate Generation” on Wednesday, April 5 from 6:30-9 pm at the Stratford Library, Lovell Room. The area premiere of the film will include a Q&A session with director Jenny Mackenzie, addiction specialists, as well as recovery and support programs.

Dying in Vein  is a deeply personal exploration of opiate and heroin addiction. Through these stories, the film explores the contemporary belief of 'living life pain free' and the shame and blame that exists around addiction.Award-winning filmmaker James Redford calls the documentary, “An extraordinarily intimate and beautiful film about one of America’s biggest public health tragedies.”

Some of the specialists who will be on hand for the one-to-one discussion following the film include Donna and Matt Deluca, Co-Founders of The Community Addiction & Recovery Education & Support (C.A.R.E.S.) Group and Chief Clinical Officer Jennifer Kolakowski and Division Director of Outpatient Services Carolee Paruta from the Recovery Network of Programs (R.N.P.).

THIS IS A FREE EVENT, BUT DUE TO LIMITED SEATING RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.   CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT!

By Tammy Trojanowski 04 Feb, 2017

The Youth Committee is currently accepting nominations for the   2017 MEDALS Awards!

To make a nomination- Simply submit a paragraph or two about why you think the individual (youth or adult), business or community organization makes a positive impact on the quality of life in Stratford and demonstrates leadership. Please include the nominee’s address, telephone number and e-mail along with your contact information for any follow-up questions.

All appropriate nominations will be recognized at the   June 13, 2017 MEDALS   award ceremony at Stratford Town Hall, Council Chambers.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Submit all nominations by e-mail to Anna Gasinski at agasinski@townofstratford.com or by mail to:

Youth Committee ~ Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families
c/o Stratford Community Services
468 Birdseye Street
Stratford, CT 06615

By Tammy Trojanowski 04 Feb, 2017

The Stratford Partnership Youth Committee has allocated a total of $1,600 from the Local Prevention Council grant to fund the 2016-17 grants. M.O.N.E.Y grant applications were due by December 12, 2016, and the Youth Committee held grant interviews on December 19, 2016.

After deliberation, the Youth Committee recommended funding 8 out of the 9 applications in the amount of $200 per recipient. The Partnership voted and approved the recommendation on January 17, 2017.

To view the recipients of the 2016-17 MONEY grants, click here.

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