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Communities that Care

CTC of Ouray County engages the community to provide tools and opportunities for youth to build positive, healthy futures.

What is CTC? 

Communities that Care is a proven evidence-based system that fosters the reduction of youth violence, delinquency and substance abuse in communities. Communities That Care guides communities through a proven five-phase change process. Using prevention science as its base, CTC promotes healthy youth development, improves youth outcomes, and reduces problem behaviors.


What do we do? 

CTC is an ever evolving systems change process.  Our coalition works to organize, choose tested and effective programs, policies, and practices specific to their needs, and track progress over time through collaboration and youth engagement

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Positive Youth Development

Positive Youth Development, “PYD” is an approach that incorporates the development of skills, opportunities and authentic relationships into programs, practices and policies, so that young people reach their full potential.

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Community Collaboration

Coalitions take collaborative work.  We engage diverse stakeholders in the community from the school, law enforcement, public health, government, and business sectors.   CTC is a good fit for anyone participating in youth serving organizations or anyone interested in youth wellbeing.

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Youth Engagement

As the saying goes, nothin about us, with out us.   We engage youth in our initiative to build a healthy positive youth environment.   CTC is  a platform for youth voice to see change in their community, provide opportunities toward collaboration. Learn more about the H.U.B.B. an active community youth group that is Helping Us Break Boredom!

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Our CTC Coalition over the past year has worked to address risks in the community in order to prevent youth substance abuse and promote healthy behaviors. We do this by addressing risk and protective factors through qualitative and quantitative data analysis.  We are excited to move into PHASE 4 of the coalition process implementing our strategies to address the following risk and protective factors.  Our health indicator and focus is around Youth and Community Mental Health.  

  • Availability of Substances

The more available alcohol and other drugs are in a community, the higher the risk for alcohol and other drug use and violence. Perceived availability of drugs is also associated with increased risk. 

  • Favorable Attitudes Towards Substance Use 

During the elementary years, children usually express anti-drug, anti-crime and prosocial views. In middle school, as others they know participate in such activities, their attitudes may shift toward greater acceptance, placing them at higher risk / Parents who approve of, encourage or participate in problem behaviors increase their children’s risk for these behaviors.

  • Opportunities and Recognition for Prosocial Involvement

Providing opportunities, skills, and recognition can lead to healthy behaviors and outcomes. Implementing pro social resources and programming in the community increases protection and creates resiliency for our youth.


 We are putting an emphasis on increasing our Opportunities and Recognition for Prosocial Involvement do to the concerns around mental health  Our strategies have been selected to increase civic engagement, create safe spaces for youth, and continue to promote SDS and PYD in our region.  Our coalition workgroups have been meeting monthly to maintain coalition function and our coalition had our first meeting of the new year to create new work groups around our strategies. 

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Focus: How do we support Mental Health
for youth in our community? 

Join Us!

Interested in joining the coalition or wanting to learn more about CTC efforts? Email Cat at

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