Communities that Care (CTC) is a risk-focused approach that uses community organization and planning to reduce levels of youth problems and help adolescents thrive. The process of CTC, developed by Drs. David Hawkins and Richard Catalano of the University of Washington, uses data to address youth problem behaviors. Local citizens and community leaders work together to identify the risk factors that increase the likelihood of problem behaviors developing, and then seek evidence based programs and strategies that can shield youngsters from these problems.
Communities that Care of Fayette uses the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) to identify local risk and protective factors. The data is then used to implement a comprehensive plan to step ahead of problems with far-reaching and long-lasting solutions in the form of evidence-based programs. After 2-3 years of implementing these strategies, the community reassesses their risk and protective factors to measure impact and identify new emerging priorities.