The mission of Partners in Community is to promote an environment that supports a healthy, drug-free lifestyle and positive development for our youth. This will be accomplished by working to inspire and empower the residents of Clinton to connect, talk and take action on matters that affect the well-being of our young people. .
The First Selectman’s Task Force on Substance Abuse was formally renamed Partners in Community on August 26, 2012 in an effort to more accurately reflect the work and spirit of this inclusive coalition. Partners in Community is about all of us in Clinton coming together to help inspire positive attitudes and empower healthy choices in our youth and adults.
Substance use, how we deal with stress, and how we treat each other can all be influenced by the kinds of values and experiences that our entire community upholds. This requires a community-wide conversation and effort, which Partners in Community strives to model and inspire.
Partners in Community (PiC) pledges to uphold the values of:
- Positivity – Clinton youth and adults are doing a lot of things right. We want to celebrate that. By shining the spotlight on positive people and decisions, we encourage, empower and support the values of the majority, rather than giving disproportional attention to and inflating the perceived normalcy of negative behaviors.
- Honesty – At the same time, we need to address the reality of attitudes and behaviors in Clinton that detract from a healthy community – both within the youth and adult populations. Knowledge and dialogue lead to understanding and power. We want to empower Clinton, and that means having honest and open conversations with each other.
- Respect – Essential to any productive dialogue is respect. We may not always agree (youth with adults, or peers with each other), but hearing each other out and keeping the goal of our conversation in mind will help keep channels of communication open and productive. If respect is not present, that opportunity will be lost.
- Inclusion – Everyone in Clinton is invited to the table, and everyone has an equal voice and ability to get involved. We are not only comprised of educators, parents, youth and youth-serving organizations, but also an array of community members who simply want healthy youth and a healthy Clinton. Know that your presence is welcome, wanted and needed. This is our Clinton.
This site is funded through a grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and through a grant from the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.