School-based Prevention Programs

Who's Got The Power
"Who's Got The Power?" is a 4-session program that examines the dynamics of bullies, students targeted by bullying, and bystanders and empowers bystanders (the majority) to act to reduce bullying and its consequences. The program is presented to all 6th grade students. For additional information, call Peggy Butler at 203-245-5654, or email.

Violence Prevention Program
The Violence Prevention Program is a 5-session course focused on the causes and prevention of emotional, verbal, physical and gender-related violence. The program is presented in the 11th grade health classes by Sandy Ferrucci.

Community Services Training
Community Services Training, sponsored by Madison Youth and Family Services, is available to students in grades 7 through 12 that are interested in becoming more involved in and connected to their community. Once the training is complete, students will have the opportunity to volunteer at various locations. Please contact Derek Cornwell or Erin Corbett at Madison Youth and Family Services for further details, at 203-245-5656

School-Based Clinicians
School-based clinicians are provided at Daniel Hand High School, Polson Middle School, and R.H. Brown School. The counselors are available for information and referral, counseling and crisis intervention. Services are available on a drop-in basis at the schools or by appointment, after school hours, at Madison Youth and Family Services. Various student assistance groups are also offered at the schools. Assistance and supportive counseling are available for friends and family members of students using alcohol and other drugs.

Eighth Grade "Choices" Program

Eighth Grade "Choices" Program - a 1-session 8th grade program focusing on making good choices throughout your teenage years. The program utilizes high-school-age students who are members of the LIFE (Live Intoxication Free Everyday) program to help the younger students understand consequences associated with substance use and other risk taking behaviors. The program uses small and large group discussion which includes discussing realistic scenarios. For information on the Choices program, contact Derek Cornwell at 203-245-5656.