Communities That Care
WHAT DOES IT ENTAIL?
Communities That Care (CTC) is based on the national Communities That Care Model, an evidenced based prevention initiative that builds community capacity to implement evidence-based programs, policies and practices. CTC operates through a collective impact approach, engaging with community stakeholders to work towards preventing harmful behaviors and promoting positive youth development. Through the collective impact approach CTC helps communities identify and implement changes that can help youth become successful. The CTC collects local data related to risk and protective factors shown by research associated with delinquency, violence, substance abuse, school failure and dropout. Based on the data and evidence gathered the CTC begins to understand risk factors/gaps with our youth and begin to build the resources, partnerships, and/or a community structure that will create positive impacts on our youth.
The CTC’s identification are by geographic locations which are the 37th Ward and Strawberry Mansion.
THE FIVE PHASES OF CTC
THESE CAN SERVE AS TOOLS TO DOCUMENT OUR
|During this stage, communities begin to activate, assess, identify, and invite.||Now it is time to learn about prevention science, write a vision statement, organize workgroups, and develop a timeline for installing CTC.||Communities assess their risks and strengths as well as identify existing resources. Those involved now review data, identify priority risk & protective factors, assess community resources, and identify gaps to be filled.||Now they create a plan for prevention work in their neighborhoods to:|
reduce widespread risks and strengthen protection
define clear, measurable outcomes using assessment data select & expand tested and effective policies and programs.
|In this phase,|
1. Implement selected
programs and policies
2. Monitor, evaluate, and
3. Track progress to achieve outcomes
- Social planning, social action, locality development, community partnership/coalitions
- Social marketing and grants: they want to make a greater use of online forums to connect with complementary knowledge and experience
- Want to adopt and use tools and competencies in community practice
- Raise knowledge to expand their scope
- Partnering with state, national, and global networks
- Affordable access to tools for community building in libraries, faith communities, cafes, and the public.
CTC coalition also gives voice to local concerns, mobilizes community to help investigate community problems, address the problem, facilitate diverse representatives to reach a consensus about a common vision and actions that will turn ideas into results.
THIS HOLDS RESOURCES ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE.