Every year, communities across the United States lose thousands of bright futures to alcohol, tobacco, violence, and crime. The Communities That Care ("CTC") process creates awareness of the risk and protective factors impacting the healthy development of children and adolescents. Throughout the process, communities target their prevention efforts to reduce risk factors and strengthen protective factors in the four domains of community, family, school, and peer/individual.
Using prevention science as its base, CTC promotes healthy youth development, improves youth outcomes, and reduces problem behaviors. Studies have shown that youth who come from CTC communities are 33% less likely to initiate cigarette use, 32% less likely to initiate alcohol use, and 25% less likely to initiate delinquent behavior.
We are always looking for volunteers to assist with CTC! If you would like to become involved as a CTC volunteer, email Ashleigh Nye at Anye@afcity.net.