Communities That Care

CTC is an evidence-based process rooted in prevention science that harnesses the power of community to reduce and prevent youth behaviors of concern and promote the health and well-being of youth and families.

Community Owned and Operated

To be truly transformed, the vision for a thriving Lincoln County must be defined in each of the county’s three unique communities, and must represent the hope each has for a better future for the people who live, learn, work and play there.  


Vision Statement


Vision Statement


Vision Statement

Rooted in Prevention Science

Risk and Protective Factors

Healthy youth development can be derailed by a variety of factors that exist at home, with friends, in school, and in the community. Risk factors make it more likely for young people to engage in problem behaviors, and more likely for them to experience depression, anxiety and feelings of disconnection and despair.  Protective factors work in the opposite direction and serve as buffers against harm; they promote health and well-being and make problem behaviors less likely.

Let's work together to reduce risk and increase protection in Lincoln County.
Our kids... are worth it!

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Tested and Effective Programs

Local Solutions to Local Problems

When implemented with fidelity, tested and effective programs make a positive impact on the health and well-being of youth and family.  Each community will identify and prioritize the risk and protective factors that are negatively impacting youth and families, and will choose tested and effective programs and policies shown to affect positive community change.

Learn more about tested and effective programs

Social Development Strategy

The Heart of CTC

The Social Development Strategy  is proven to foster the success of young people through every stage of development. This Social Development Strategy is easy to use, easy to remember, and it works! This strategy helps communities provide young people with opportunities, skills, and recognition— and it strengthens bonding with family, school and community. Strong bonds motivate young people to adopt healthy standards for behavior.

Check out the SDS in action                                      The Troy Bike Project

It Works

“ Communities That Care empowers communities to use the advances of prevention science to achieve better behavioral health outcomes for young people.” Nora Volkow, Director National Institute on Drug Abuse

Youth in CTC communities are...


LESS likely to start engaging in crime


LESS likely to start drinking alcohol


LESS likely to start smoking cigarettes


LESS likely to "binge" drink

Make a Difference for Kids...

Whether you’re a policymaker, educator, parent, or community leader, YOU have the ability to put youth success first. Your investment in prevention today will result in a brighter future for teens, and in a stronger, safer, healthier community for all of us!