Communities That Care
The Nederland Communities That Care (NCTC) Coalition brings together youth, parents, schools, community agencies and local governments to promote the health and well-being of young people in Nederland and surrounding areas. CTC is hosted by TEENS, Inc.
For a quick introduction to CTC, watch this short video.
Picking up where previous prevention coalition efforts left off, the Nederland Communities That Care Coalition is now (2017) being formed in Nederland, Colorado, by a group of community members coming together to address alcohol, tobacco, drug and other problem behaviors among local youth. CTC provides a structure for community members to coordinate their work around a data-driven and evidence-based plan. In other words, CTC uses data about the status of local young people to identify needs and measure the success of programs. Additionally, CTC stays current with prevention research and selects strategies that have proven effective in reducing risky youth behaviors.
Help us create our vision, mission and values by joining us on August 2017 for our community board orientation
History: In 2011, TEENS, Inc. began the Peak to Peak Prevention Coalition (P2PPC), loosely following the Communities That Care (CTC) process. The coalition met regularly through 2014 and was successful in advocating for restorative justice practices and social emotional learning (SEL) in area schools; hosting educational events for youth, families and our community; and campaigns aimed at changing community perceptions of youth substance use. Early 2015, P2PPC work fell dormant because of diminished organizational capacity. Late 2016, TEENS, Inc. was encouraged by Boulder County Public Health to apply for Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment funding for CTC and was, subsequently, awarded grant monies for implementation. A facilitator/prevention coordinator was hired by TEENS in February 2017 to begin the CTC process and to renew youth substance abuse prevention work in Nederland.
The growing list of supporters includes: TEENS, Inc, Boulder Valley School District, Nederland Community Presbyterian Church, Nederland Middle Senior High School, Nederland Elementary School, Nederland Parent Engagement Network, Nederland Police Department, Aspen Grove Preschool, Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center, Boulder County Public Health, EFAA, United Way, P2P Housing and Human Services Task Force, Nederland Downtown Development Authority, Carousel of Happiness, Peak to Peak Counseling, Nederland Area Seniors, and Healthy Futures Coalition.
Nederland CTC is hosted by TEENS, Inc. and will have representation from local government, businesses, schools, law enforcement, faith-based organizations, media, health care, service providers, community members, parents, family, and youth. CTC’s Community Board functions as the decision-making body for the coalition and includes leaders from each of these community sectors. The everyday work of the coalition is guided by seven workgroups and committees – the Risk and Protective Factor Assessment Workgroup; the Resource Assessment and Evaluation Workgroup; the Community Outreach and Public Relations Workgroup; the Community Board Maintenance Workgroup; the Funding Workgroup; the Family Involvement Workgroup; and the Youth Involvement Workgroup. For further detail on the coalition’s governing structure, see the CTC Organizational Chart and the NCTC Bylaws. For sample descriptions of job duties/tasks of Nederland’s CTC process, visit here.
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