Community Driven l Youth Engagement l Stronger Keweenaw
What is CTC?
CTC is a group of community members and key leaders working together to lower rates of youth problem behaviors like substance abuse, delinquency, school drop-out, violence, depression, and more.
How does CTC work?
CTC looks at risk factors for youth problem behaviors. Risk factors are variables that increase the chances of youth developing a problem behavior. In the same way that poor diet is a risk factor for heart disease, there are specific risk factors that contribute to youth problem behaviors. By identifying the biggest risk factors in our community, we can put programs in place that reduce those risk factors.
How can I help?
You can help by joining the CTC Community Board! Anyone is welcome to join, including youth (with parental consent). CTC is only a one to three hour per month commitment. You can also volunteer to help out at events without joining the CTC Community Board, or just share our website, Facebook, and Instagram with friends and family.
CTC is an evidence-based model that is happening in communities around the country and internationally. You can find more information about the science behind CTC here.
Phase 1 – Get Started
Communities prepare for action by working to identify and recruit relevant community stakeholders and key decision-makers (key leaders) to the Communities That Care process.
Phase 2 – Get Organized
The Community Board, Key Leader Group and relevant governance structures are established to guide decision making and planning for the CTC effort in the community.
Phase 3 – Develop a Profile
A Community Profile Report is prepared using data gathered from the CTC Youth Survey, public data, and assessments of existing community resources and strengths. The Community Board finalizes priorities for action.
Phase 4 – Create a Plan
The Community Board develops a comprehensive Community Action Plan to guide prevention work in the community. This plan outlines chosen evidence-based programs, and relevant outcomes, and allocates roles and responsibility for implementation.
Phase 5 – Implement and Evaluate
Implementation of the Community Action Plan begins, and the Community Board and Key Leader Groups ensure that evidence-based programs and strategies are implemented with fidelity, and evaluated as planned.