PeerConnection helps bring former NBA player to Wilton

To raise awareness of prescription drug addiction, the Wilton Youth Council’s Task Force to Reduce Substance Abuse came up with the idea of having former National Basketball Association player Chris Herren share his story of substance abuse and six years of recovery.

To raise funds for the “Rebound: The Chris Herren Story” presentation, 25 seventh and eighth graders completed Wilton Youth Council’s PeerConnection program with an after-school handball tournament.

The PeerConnection students organized all aspects of the tournament, including a bake sale, soliciting raffle prizes, refereeing and announcing during the event.

Eleven teams participated in the tournament and PeerConnection raised $321 for Mr. Herren’s presentation, which will take place Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., at the Clune Center.

The presentation is recommended for ages 13 and older. Doors open at 6:30.

What is PeerConnection?

PeerConnection is a program for seventh and eighth graders, designed to enhance students’ natural helping skills, encourage them to utilize these skills to promote healthy choices among their peers, and find adult help for their friends when needed.

The PeerConnection program is funded in part by a grant from the Elizabeth Raymond Ambler Trust and is offered in partnership with Middlebrook School and Wilton Youth Services.

Registration

This year, the Wilton Youth Council is doing something it’s never done before — it’s offering two PeerConnection programs for the 2014-15 school year.

The PeerConnection program is currently registering students for two programs — one in the fall, beginning with an all-day retreat on Saturday, Oct. 18, and one in the spring, beginning Saturday, Feb. 21.

Following the day-long retreat, PeerConnection will meet each Tuesday afternoon, from 3:30 to 5, at Trackside Teen Center.

The PeerConnection program has a charge of $200 to help offset program costs. Scholarships are available if needed by calling Colleen Fawcett at Wilton Youth Services: 203-834-6241.

Deadline for registration is Friday, Sept. 19.

For more information or to register, contact Ms. Fawcett at 203-834-6241, colleen.fawcett@wiltonct.org.