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S.M.A.R.T., Inc Middlebury Focus Group

S.M.A.R.T., Inc (Southbury & Middlebury Acting Responsibly Together)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM (EST)

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Due to the impending storm and Region 15 decision to close schools tomorrow 2/12/19- we will be postponing the 2/12/19 focus groups to Wednesday 2/20/19. Times and location will remain unchanged. Please stay safe and warm!


Dear Parent/Guardian,

Your local prevention council, Southbury & Middlebury Acting Responsibly Together (S.M.A.R.T.) would like to invite your child to participate in a focus group with other youth of the same age and grade, on the health topics of marijuana and vaping. S.M.A.R.T. is a volunteer community coalition that began in 2009 with the goal of creating healthier and safer environments for young people living and growing up in the towns of Southbury & Middlebury. Since that time, S.M.A.R.T. has been funding and coordinating parent education workshops, health & wellness fairs, national speakers for student presentations, and other fun and substance-free events for families in both towns and across the lifespan.

Your child’s feedback on his or her awareness of these two topics and how they affect young people in our community and school environment, will help adults to understand their unique perspective in these areas. The focus group will be conducted by a trained and experienced facilitator. The information the youth provide in the focus group will be confidential. No names will be attached to any comments made. The information received by this and other focus groups will be combined into a report that will be used to help S.M.A.R.T. make solid decisions about the types of prevention programs to fund and implement for youth & families in 2019 and beyond.

Up to twenty youth per focus group will participate. The focus group will take approximately 90 minutes. Refreshments will be provided at the focus group and each youth participant will receive a $15 gift card as a stipend for participation in the full 90-minute session. After the focus group discussion is complete, educational material on each topic will be made available to participants. S.M.A.R.T. would greatly appreciate your permission to have your child participate in this important information gathering process so we can best serve the needs of youth & families in the coming year and beyond.

Attached please find the following relevant information:

  • criteria for participation in these focus groups

  • participant statement & consent; parent/guardian signature of permission

  • focus group times/dates/locations

  • link to register as a participant

  • Focus group coordinator contact info

The following Required Criteria must be met for participation in the S.M.A.R.T. focus groups

  • Youth must be between the ages of 14 -18

  • Youth must be between grades 9 – 12

  • Youth must reside in Middlebury or Southbury

Participant Statement/Parent Permission:

I voluntarily agree to participate in one focus group. If I have questions about the focus group, I can call the Focus Group Facilitator, for more information. My parent/guardian has also given permission for my participation by signing below.


Youth Name - Printed


Youth Name – SignatureToday’s Date


Parent/Guardian Name – Printed


Parent/Guardian Name – SignatureToday’s Date

To register for participation in ONE of the following focus groups, please click the link:

(please choose one date, Monday or Tuesday, and the time that is appropriate for your grade level

***you do NOT have to choose the town that you reside in, you may participate at either location)








February 11th  

Grades 11 & 12

4:30 – 6:00 PM

Grades 9 & 10

6:30 – 8:00 PM

Southbury Town Hall

501 Main Street South

*Signage will identify room



February 12th

Grades 11 & 12

4:30 – 6:00 PM

Grades 9 & 10

6:30 – 8:00 PM

Region 15 Central Office

286 Whittemore Road

*Signage will identify room

Have questions about S.M.A.R.T., Inc Middlebury Focus Group? Contact S.M.A.R.T., Inc (Southbury & Middlebury Acting Responsibly Together)

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Region 15 Central Office
286 Whittemore Road
Middlebury, CT 06762

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM (EST)

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