Prevention Resources


Underage drinking and substance use are issues that are effecting Connecticut youth with 30.2% of students reporting to drinking alcohol in the last 30 days, 20.4% of students reporting to smoking marijuana in the last 30 days, and 12% of students reporting to misusing prescription drugs at least once in their life. The perception of harm of smoking marijuana, underage drinking, and using prescription medications to get high is decreasing as myths of these substances cloud the mind of our young people.

The Governor’s Prevention Partnership presents FREE youth infographics available for download to help dispel the myths that surround vaping, underage drinking, marijuana use, and prescription drug misuse. These infographics are to be used as a resource when educating our youth, parents, and communities of the effects drugs and alcohol can have on our young people. 

  • Although cigarette smoking has decreased significantly among Connecticut youth, the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices continues to increase at an alarming rate. Overall, current use among high school students is 14.7%, with usage increasing with age from 11.1% among those 15 years-old and younger to 20.8% among students 18 years-old and older. This is especially concerning because studies have shown that this type of nicotine use by teens increases their risk of also using combustible tobacco as youths and as young adults.

  • A common myth of underage drinking is that if it is legal when you are 21, it must not be harmful. We know that the truth is that the human brain is not fully developed until a person’s mid-twenties. Take a look at how alcohol can effect a person’s brain development and function.

  • Many youth believe that smoking marijuana isn’t harmful. 42.1% of Connecticut’s high school students report smoking marijuana at least once in their life. The perception of harm continues to decrease. Learn about the truth and impact of using marijuana.

  • What’s a BAC? This infographic provides the everyday facts about a person’s blood alcohol content. Learn what affects a person’s BAC and how it can impair a person’s behavior.

  • Energy drinks contain large amounts of caffeine and sugar and are the drink of choice among many young people. A common behavior is mixing alcohol with energy drinks. Learn about the risks and consequences associated with mixing these two liquids.

  • Alcohol is the number one substance abused by Connecticut youth. Learn the truths about underage drinking and the physical, mental, and social consequences. Remember: Not everyone is doing it!

  • Using a prescription medication when it is not prescribed to you is just as dangerous as using an illegal drug. Learn about prescription drug abuse and the impact it can have on young people.

Additional Resources

  • As advocates for safe, successful and drug-free children in Connecticut for over 25 years, The Governor's Prevention Partnership opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana. This paper summarizes The Partnership's concerns on the potential harms and societal costs to Connecticut's young people if recreational marijuana is legalized.

  • In 2015, The Partnership surveyed mentoring programs statewide to provide an updated picture of mentoring in Connecticut. This brief report highlights the status of mentoring in the state, updated information on the challenges mentoring providers face serving youth in our state and the importance of continued support for mentoring as a strategy to help at-risk youth.

  • The growing opioid epidemic is having an effect on Connecticut’s youth. According to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 11% of high schoolers report to misusing prescription medications. This is a concerning number because according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those addicted to prescription medications are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.

  • Marijuana is one of the most critical threats to the health and wellbeing of CT’s youth. There are substantial negative effects of marijuana use on physical, mental, and social development, particularly in the critical period of human development. In this research brief, The Governor’s Prevention Partnership has compiled the most recent information on the impact of marijuana use on adolescents and young adults.

  • Download Workshop Presentation: Bullying 101
    PowerPoint presentation from June 28, 2016

  • Download Workshop Presentation: A Parent’s Guide to Prescription Drug Abuse
    PowerPoint presentation from January 13, 2016

  • Download Workshop Presentation: Bullying & Harassment of LGBTQ Youth – How Parents & Schools Can Work Together
    PowerPoint presentation from January 8, 2016 with Robin McHaelen from True Colors and human rights attorney Alix Simonetti

  • The Governor's Prevention Partnership is happy to provide this guide towards curbing underage drinking and substance abuse in Connecticut. Here the problems are illustrated in numbers and collected evidence. This is a useful brochure for concerned adults, parents, and community members.

  • This article discusses The Governor's Prevention Partnership Safe Climate Initiative. The initiative handles this issue statewide by working with state leaders and agencies to promote real, positive changes as well as providing Connecticut schools with hands-on training, optimal survey selection, best practices and resources to help achieve this end.

  • Download Workshop Presentation: Not Just a Little Weed: Marijuana in the Age of Legalization: Webinar from 3/23/16

Marc Brackett: Developing Emotionally Intelligent Schools

In partnership with The Governor's Prevention Partnership, Marc Brackett, Ph.D., engaged educators and administrators in a discussion on the importance of emotional intelligence in bullying prevention based on RULER, the approach that helps district and school leaders, educators, students and their families develop emotional skills so they can foster healthy relationships, make sound decisions, improve overall mental health and achieve desired academic outcomes.
Learn more about RULER.

The 2013 Northeast Regional Youth Mentoring Conference - The 2013 Northeast Regional Youth Mentoring Conference is the region’s only conference focused exclusively on supporting quality mentoring. This year over 150 practitioners, researchers and stakeholders gathered in Hartford, CT with a focus on “Today’s Vision: Tomorrow’s Reality” outcomes that can be achieved when a caring adult is brought into a young person’s life. As you well know, quality-based formal mentoring is built on solid research. It is a proven intervention that helps kids raise their aspirations and make good choices. In order for practitioners to be able to deliver those proven strategies, please take a moment to access and download workshop materials that: promote professional development; support quality mentoring standards; and foster networking.

Download Workshop Presentations:
Backwards Planning and Evaluations: How Mentoring Programs Can Use Assessments and Evaluation to Strengthen Programs and Increase Academic Outcomes (PowerPoint Presentation)

Best Practices in Mentoring Youth in Foster Care (PowerPoint Presentation)

Blogs, Tweets and Friends: Effective Mentoring in the Age of Social Media (Handouts)

“Connecting the Dots” Skype Mentoring Program (PowerPoint and Handouts)

Effective Mentoring of Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (PowerPoint Presentation)

Educating, Engaging & Empowering Your Board and Yourself (PowerPoint Presentation)

Graduation Gurus: A Partnership Approach to Adult Advocates (PowerPoint Presentation)

Expanding the Concept of Match Supervision: Helping mentors, mentees and coordinators manage expectations to improve match longevity (PowerPoint Presentation)

SAFE Training: Prioritizing Youth Safety with Research-Based Mentor Screening Practices (Handouts)

The Mentoring Institute: A Unique United Way Regional Partnership (PowerPoint Presentation)

2015 Monitoring The Future Study - The 2015 Monitoring The Future Study, a continuing study of American youth conducted at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, is a national survey of substance use among American young people. Beginning with the first surveys of high school seniors in 1975, the study has provided the nation with a window through which to view the important, but largely hidden, problem behaviors of illicit drug use, alcohol use, and cigarette smoking. Doctor-prescribed pain relievers can place adolescents at increased risk for future drug misuse