For Youth

SERAC Annual Youth Forum

The SERAC Annual Youth Forum is held every year for middle school students in Southeastern CT. The day is intended to unite youth in order to help them be more successful in making healthy decisions. This is done by continuing with the theme “Dream It! Believe It! Live It”! The Youth Forum has been held for 5 years and is a day of leadership, gaining new skills, and meeting new people. The day is filled with exciting and interactive workshops on various prevention topics such as being a leader, tobacco prevention, positive decision making, bullying and many more. Over 100 students from schools all across Southeastern CT participate year after year. Lunch is provided for all who attend.

  • Length: Full day event (8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
  • Target Audience: Middle school students grades 6-8
  • Students participate in individual workshops as well as a large group keynote presentation.
  • Registration information is sent to all middle schools in SECT.

Adolescent Learning and Leadership Institute (ALLI)

ALLI engages high school students in grades 9 - 12 from across southeastern CT in learning about current health issues and developing leadership skills. Students also learn about the key components of effective prevention initiatives aimed at reducing substance abuse and other risky behaviors.  The program includes regular work in local home groups as well as three regional meetings.   

SERAC gratefully acknowledges the support of the ALLI program by Chelsea Groton Foundation, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Foundation.

Bank On Your Future

SERAC in collaboration with Chelsea Groton Bank has designed the program Bank on Your Future for local high schools. This program allows the opportunity for students to learn financial literacy as well as problem gambling awareness. Students will be in charge of planning for their future and learning how to spend their money wisely and not make poor decisions. This is a great chance to educate students on problem gambling awareness and how taking risks on an uncertain outcome can affect them not only in the present but in the future.

Statewide Tobacco Education Program (STEP)

The STEP Program was created in order to implement a fun, innovative, activity-based curriculum covering tobacco education and prevention. Topics included in this program discuss how tobacco affects your health, the environment and how to make healthy decisions. STEP is great for afterschool programs, health classes and summer camps.

  • Length:  1 hour sessions (once a week) for 5 weeks
  • Target Audience: Youth ages 5-9 and 10-13