Communities That Care Overview

 

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Communities That Care Overview:

 Purpose
The Olathe Communities That Care initiative was developed by a coalition of leadership from local schools, law enforcement, social services, healthcare, parent groups, students, businesses, and city and county agencies. It is designed to encourage positive youth development while preventing problem behaviors including substance abuse, academic failure, unplanned pregnancy, school dropout rates and violence. By working together, we can use our existing resources and evidence-based practices effectively and efficiently to address youth risk factors in our community and to positively impact youth development.  

 

Our Mission

The Olathe Communities That Care initiative is designed to encourage positive youth development while preventing problem behaviors including substance abuse, academic failure, unplanned pregnancy, school dropout rates and violence.

 

Our Goals
1. Expand research-based alcohol and drug prevention programs and policies

2. Increase the number of students receiving research-based mentoring services

3. Increase timely access to at-risk youth and their families in need of mental health services

4. Research and implement programs, policies, and practices to decrease favorable attitudes toward anti-social behavior.

5. Increase partnership  to build seamless “family friendly” early identification, screening and referral systems for at-risk youth and their families

 

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