Communities That Care

Communities That Care (CTC) is an evidence-based process that helps prevent problems before they start. 

Youth Risk Factors

The CTC process guides the community through the process of matching risk factors evident in community data with proven methods for addressing those risks. CTC provides a mechanism to address multiple youth problems in a coordinated effort, including: 

  • Delinquency
  • Depression
  • School dropout
  • Substance abuse
  • Violence

Positive Youth Development

The CTC process results in healthier communities that use positive youth development to help children grow up with more hope, opportunity and better outcomes. In a randomized controlled trials, youth from CTC communities were:

  • 37% less likely to binge drink
  • 25% less like to engage in crime
  • 32% more likely to have abstained from the use of any illegal drug

Communities That Care returns $4.17 per dollar invested by preventing youth tobacco use and delinquency.

Jefferson County CTC

  • CTC has efforts in 47 communities across Colorado are being funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
  • This is a five-year grant (2016 to 2021) funded by marijuana tax dollars. Jefferson County is projected to receive funding for this project totaling more than $1.3 million over five years.
  • Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), in cooperation with Jefferson County’s Collaborative Youth Leadership Collaborative (CYLC), will utilize funding to facilitate CTC efforts focused on the following areas: Lakewood, Wheat Ridge and Edgewater / Jefferson High School.
  • Jefferson County CTC will use adolescent health data collected through the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey. The survey will be administered in Jeffco high schools and middle schools in the fall of 2017.