Communities That Care
"OUR VISION IS A STRONG, CARING COMMUNITY WHICH CREATES A SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT WHERE EACH INDIVIDUAL IS RESPECTED AND NURTURED"
While programs to reduce teen health and behavior problems have become more widespread in schools and communities during the past decade, there has been a lack of coordination of effort among organizations delivering prevention programs. Also, information on the risk factors for adolescent health and behavior problems suggests that risks are located in the home, at school, in peer groups, and in the community. It has become increasingly evident that effective prevention programming must involve the entire community and specifically target identified risk factors that put youths at greater risk. Research is also showing that enhancing certain protective factors can help buffer young people from the effects of exposure to risks.
Communities That Care is a project to develop and implement a comprehensive community program for the prevention of adolescent health and behavior problems in our community. The project is based on identifying priority risk factors for adolescent problem behaviors in our community, assessing existing resources to see if they address those priority risks and implementing promising approaches that reduce risk as well as enhance protection.
We invite you and those who are interested in our youth to join our project to improve our community for the benefit of our children. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Dr. Richard Hupper, Superintendent, or Debra Kingston, Social Services Coordinator, at 235-4811.
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