Since 1977, the Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families (Formerly known as the Town of 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 Partnership's purpose is:
- 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.
Drug Free Community
As of October 1, 2014, the 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. >> PRESS RELEASE
2016-2017 Executive Committee
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
Hannah McLaughlin, Youth Committee Co-Chair
Michelle Harrison, Youth Committee Co-Chair
2015-2017 Sectors and Representatives
Youth - Nicholas Satta
Parent - Denise Keegan
Business - Bill Steindl, CT Distributors Inc.
Media - Sib Law & Amy Knorr
School - Kathryn Mascia & 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 Hospital
State / Local / Tribal Government - Sean Kennedy, CT Dept of Rehabilitation Services
Substance Abuse Organization - Darin Bershefsky, Wayne's Walk Foundation