Communities that Care is a US-based initiative to reduce risky youth behaviours (violence, delinquency, dropping out of school, psychoactive substance abuse, teen pregnancy). It uses collective impact strategies in which all stakeholders come together to act on risk factors in communities, families, schools, and individuals. This program’s effectiveness in bringing lasting change to communities has been proven.
Type of intervention: Universal prevention and targeted prevention
Source: « Investing in Your Community’s Youth: An Introduction to the Communities That Care System »
Community Schools are based on partnerships between the school and public and private community organizations and institutions. Their goal is to direct resources and relationships toward achieving specific results with youth, families, and the community.
These schools have demonstrated long-term positive effects on the educational success and the physical, social, and emotional health of young people. Students live and learn in an environment that is safer, more stable, and more supportive. These communities become great places to live in.
Type of intervention: Awareness and universal prevention