April 2016


Letter From Our President and CEO

Thank you for your commitment to Connecticut’s young people and all of your work to protect them and support their well-being.  It seems that youth prevention work is a calling, and we are blessed in our state to have so many experienced and dedicated practitioners doing this work.  While prevention funding and resources sometimes seem scarce, it’s by working together that we can make a difference and have a greater impact.  With that in mind, I’d like to let you know that we are just this month kicking off a new coalition called StopPotCT that is designed to unite prevention practitioners, advocates, youth organizations, community leaders, content experts, families, coalitions and youth under one umbrella to oppose the legalization of marijuana in our state.  We have kept our eye on Colorado and other states, and know from the early data there that use of marijuana by youth has increased as a result of legalization, and they’ve also seen an increase in associated behaviors like school violations and drugged driving arrests.  We will soon begin to disseminate information you can use, and ideas for getting involved to raise awareness and oppose legalization with a variety of strategies that we can work on together.  To get us started, please join us on Friday, May 13 at the Marijuana Policy Boot Camp that is being held at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT.  Our keynote speaker is Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D, the President and CEO of SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).  The save the date is included in this newsletter.

We’re looking forward to hearing your voice and working together over the next several months on this important issue.


Jill Spineti

President and CEO