Since 1977 the Stratford Youth and Family Advisory Board (YAFAB) has worked in cooperation with Stratford Community Services, the local Youth Service Bureau, to develop a coordinated network of services for young people and families. The Board is advisory to the Mayor and promotes the positive, healthy development and well-being of children, youth and families in Stratford. The Board supports community and youth development programs through advocacy, funding, publicity and serving as a catalyst for community action. By bringing together youth-serving organizations, parents and youth, the Board is able to accomplish its work through collaboration and networking. In recent years the board has taken action in areas such as school-age child care, teen activities, community service, violence prevention, underage drinking and teen tobacco use. The Youth and Family Advisory Board is also the local prevention council and receives funding from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Regional Youth/Adult Substance Abuse Project.

The board’s mission is to mobilize youth and community partners to create a safe, healthy and drug-free environment where youth and families thrive. It is comprised of representatives from youth-serving organizations, school, police, youth and other concerned citizens.