The Stratford Partnership is a local coalition of community members whose goal is to reduce youth substance abuse and create a safe, healthy, and drug-free Stratford.
Learn more about the recourses offered through the partnership and how you can play a more active role in the Stratford Community.
1976 was a year for history. The U.S.A. celebrated its 200th birthday, “Rocky” hit the box office to national acclaim, and Apple was founded.
That same year, a vision for a brighter, healthier future for our local kids gave birth to the Stratford Youth Advisory Board. Yes, there were programs to help kids with substance abuse, but we believed we could do better. Why not intervene a step earlier to prevent risky behaviors in the first place?
We believed that stable, nurturing families could buffer risk the in the lives of young people, which would reduce risk factors, including easy access to alcohol and drugs. Our most revolutionary idea: young people are our most valued partners. We do things with young people not to or for young people. Together, youth and adults promote the positive, healthy development and wellbeing of our community’s children, youth, and families.
Throughout the years, our collaborative organization has garnered many grants from RYASAP, CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
In 2015 our name changed to Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families. Partnership communicates the active engagement of our members, who take ownership of the outcome. Each one is intent on advancing our vision of thriving youth and families in a safe, drug-free Stratford
Every two years, Stratford’s 7th – 12th grade students are surveyed on their attitudes and behaviors using the Search Institute Student Survey.
This data drives our initiatives and helps us stay relevant with current trends.