2011-12-22 / Local & State

Fulton County Partnership Releases Year- End CTC Review

SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

It’s been a year since Fulton County Partnership announced its “Communities That Care” (CTC) model. The Communities that Care process is a proven approach to preventing youth violence, delinquency and drug use by analyzing the underlying causes of identified risk factors associated with the community’s problem behaviors, while simultaneously enhancing protective factor.

The Partnership is happy to report a great deal of progress has been made this first year. Below is a timeline outlining all of the activities initiated since December 2010.

Completed Resource Report: December 2010 – assisted and guided the CTC work group in clearly identifying Fulton County resources.

Completed Risk Assessment Report: December 2010 – assisted and guided the CTC work group in clearly identifying one risk factor, two problem behaviors and one protective factor.

December 2010: Press release to introduce CTC to the public.

January-February 2010: Met with all three school boards to clarify the need for all schools to participate in the 2011 PAYS survey.

January-May 2011: Fatherhood events.

January-May 2011: School Success at Southern Fulton. Supported identified at-risk students by consistently supporting these students and guiding on school expectations, problematic behaviors, uninvolved parenting skills.

Teens Against Tobacco Use: January-June 2011 – positively educated and impacted students on smoking tobacco.

Save a Life Tour: February 2011 – provided resistance skills to 10-12 grade students in all three school districts signifying the risks of alcohol use as it relates to addiction, drug abuse and possible death.

February - May 2011: School Readiness Bags – distributed various topical brochures to pre-K and kindergarten classrooms.

April 2011: Met with a local church youth group.

April 2011: Week of the Young Child – educate parents to the benefits of noticing their children.

March 2011: Project Alert for Forbes Road seventh- and ninthgraders and May 2011 – Southern Fulton eighth-graders.

May 2011: Health fair at all four elementary schools in Fulton County.

May 2011: Kids Fest/kickoff to a drug-free summer.

June 2011: Camp parent. Facilitated parental education sessions by a wealth of community members and guest speakers.

August 2011: Teen dance at the fair.

September 2011: PowerPoint completed by Risk and Protective Factor work group.

September 2011: Article publishd in Fulton County News.

July 2011: All three districts implemented Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

October 2011: All three school districts have made commitments to complete PAYS survey.

October 2011: all three school districts have completed Olweus questionnaire.

October/November 2011: Provided CTC 101 to the community, which was a series of lectures to increase awareness on CTC.

Using the completed risk report, Fulton County Partnership received funding for evidencebased programming and used that funding for the implementation of Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in April. The same data from the risk report has been utilized to support the following applications for future grant funding for Fulton County:

Submission of application for evidence-based program for the implementation of Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (January).

Applied for PA Liquor Control Board grant (March).

Applied for SAEDAR grant.

Applied for evidence-based programs for the implementation of the Incredible Year.

Applied for HRSA grant for the implementation of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

In the next few months, the CTC board will review the new data from the Pennsylvania Youth Survey taken this past October and will either re-adjust the focus to meet newly identified community needs or will bolster the existing programs. The survey is given every two years to kids in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12.

The 2010 problem behaviors addressed in schools were “Bullying at School” and “Other Antisocial Behaviors.” The risk factor addressed was “Laws and Norms Favorable to Drug Use,” and the community action taken to raise the occurrence of protective factors was “Family Rewards for Pro-social Involvement.”

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