Continue The Conversation with New Canaan CARES to discuss the book Never Enough


Please join New Canaan CARES as we Continue the Conversation with two Community Discussions about the book Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic – and What We Should Do About It


  • Tuesday, October 10th, 10 am – New Canaan Library
    • “Incorporate the Mattering Movement in Your Home” (Appropriate for parents of Middle/High School students)


  • Tuesday, October 17th, 10 am – New Canaan Library
    • “Learn about the Mattering Movement and Introduce these Values in Your Home” (Appropriate for parents of Preschool/Elementary School students)


Register for one or both of the programs here:



Never Enough: Fireside Chat with Jennifer B. Wallace

New Canaan CARES, in partnership with New Canaan Library, New Canaan Public Schools, Elm Street Books, and the Town of New Canaan, is excited to announce our Fall Marquee event:
A Fireside Chat with Jennifer B. Wallace, Author of Never Enough – When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic – And What We Can Do About It, moderated by NCPS Superintendent Dr. Bryan Luizzi
In Never Enough, award-winning reporter Jennifer Breheny Wallace investigates the deep roots of toxic achievement culture and discovers what we must do to fight back.
Through deep research and interviews with today’s leading child psychologists, Wallace shows what kids need from the adults in the room is not more pressure but to feel like they MATTER and have intrinsic self-worth not contingent upon external achievements.
Please join us in this important community conversation and learn how we, as parents, educators, and community members, can adopt the language and values of mattering to help children see themselves as a valuable contributor to a larger community.
Click Here to Register For The Event

Domestic Violence 101: Every House is Not A Home

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we invite you to participate in this important conversation to help us all understand the various impacts on victims and how we can help make a difference in our community, and beyond.

The conversation will be led by

Domestic Violence Crisis Center Experts

Ann Rodwell-Lawton, M.S.W.

Nikkia Ellis


Caring for Ourselves in Chaotic Times

How do parents find time to preserve their own health and well – being? Maintaining mental health is just as important, and often just as challenging, as keeping up with our physical health.

Michelle Albright, PhD

In this interactive workshop, you will:

  • Learn why it is important to care for yourself
  • Leave with tips to preserve your own health and well being
  • Develop your own personal self – care plan


New Canaan Coalition Logo Contest

New Canaan Coalition 

2020 Logo Contest


The New Canaan Coalition (the Coalition) requires a new logo this year and we need your help!  The logo must reflect the goals of New Canaan CARES, the coalition and our community. The contest is open to high school students who live or attend school in New Canaan. The winner will receive a $100 gift card to the local New Canaan merchant of their choice and bragging rights!


Contest Guidelines  

  • Key words to consider in designing the logo are:  youth, community, together, support, educate, grow, empower, learn, build.
  • The logo may incorporate words, images or a combination of the two.
  • No more than two colors may be used to create the logo.
  • No dates should be included in the logo.
  • Logos must be usable in color or black and white.
  • Logos must be easily reproducible and scalable for large and small formatting.
  • The logo may be used on our website, marketing materials, videos, t-shirts, banners, etc. and should be legible for all uses. 
  • Logos must have been created and edited by the contestant(s).
  • Logos may not include copyrighted or licensed material or images.
  • Materials or images must not have not been previously published.


All submission must be submitted to in jpg format no later than 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 15, 2020.


The winner will be notified by Friday, November 20th and announced shortly thereafter.


Selection Process

  • Winners will be selected by New Canaan Coalition members in conjunction with the New Canaan CARES youth advisory committee. 
  • Contestants agree that New Canaan CARES, representing the coalition, may publish their logo and name(s) and may use both for advertising campaigns and/or marketing materials in the future. Contestants assign all ownership rights, including all intellectual property rights to the logo, to New Canaan CARES.  
  • Additionally, New Canaan CARES and/or the Coalition may alter, modify or revise the logo as it sees necessary to achieve the goals of the center. 
  • New Canaan CARES and/or the Coalition reserve the right to not select a winner if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received. 


What is the New Canaan Coalition? 

The New Canaan Coalition is the local prevention council (LPC) whose goal is to increase public awareness of the risks associated with substance use and misuse with a primary focus on youth.  New Canaan CARES runs the local LPC with input from representatives from New Canaan Public Schools, the New Canaan Police Department, the Town of New Canaan, our business and faith communities, as well as youth and parent representatives.

For more information please contact New Canaan CARES,


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