Communities that Care
High Schooler PSA: Stop Teen Substance Abuse
Check out this video created by and for our local Pueblo youth, centered around alcohol and drug prevention.
What are the Benefits of CTC?
- CTC has been proven to work! The process of CTC has been implemented in communities around the world for decades. Research on these communities has shown that the process of CTC positively changes youth behavior.
- CTC saves the communities money! For every dollar invested in CTC, $5.31 is returned in lower criminal justice system expenses, decreased health care costs, and increased earnings and tax revenues for the community.
- Overall, CTC results in healthier communities that help children grow up with more hope, opportunity, and better outcomes.
Youth living in CTC communities are: 33% less likely to start smoking cigarettes, 32% less likely to start drinking, and 24% less likely to start engaging in delinquency.
How CTC Works:
- Increase academic success in elementary school;
- Support more and better opportunities for youth to be involved in their community;
- Decrease parents or guardians modeling substance use behaviors to their children.
What we are doing:
To increase academic success in elementary school, we are planning to build community support for quality childcare early in life. Quality childcare allows kids to experience optimal positive development and prepares them for academic success in the future. Ideas include working with family, friends, or neighbor childcare providers to ensure they are offering safe and healthy childcare environments, and working on policies that support low-income families using quality childcare options.
- For more information about childcare options here in Pueblo, check out Children First’s website that provides resources about childcare information in Southern Colorado.
To increase the opportunities for youth to become involved in their community, we are going to build public support for creating community spaces for youth (for example, making our public parks safer). We are also going to include youth as part of CTC’s coalition to make sure we hear their voice.
- Check out Pueblo’s Parks and Recreation to see what prosocial programs and activities are currently being offered for youth.
- If you’d like more information about Positive Youth Development, check out Colorado 9to25 which has resources for youth, adults, and organizations about how you can empower the youth in your life.
- To decrease parents modeling substance use behaviors to their children, we are going to use statewide media campaigns created to target youth regarding substance use like Speak Now Colorado, or Responsiblity Grows Here media campaigns.
Currently, the Community Board is in the process of writing an action plan to put these strategies into place and outline what the goals of these strategies look like for Pueblo. Follow the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment on Facebook to see CTC’s updates every Wednesday.
For more information regarding CTC, visit the CTC homepage or watch this short video. If you would like more information regarding how we chose our strategies, feel free to read our Community Resource Assessment Report
If you are interested in joining the Community Board or want more information regarding Pueblo CTC’s progress, please contact Sarah Martinez, Public Health Project Specialist, via phone 719.583.4996 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 10th Judicial District
- Arc of Pueblo
- Beacon Health Options
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo
- Catholic Charities
- Chavez Huerta
- Child Advocacy Center
- Colorado Defenders Office
- Colorado Mental Health Institute, Pueblo
- Crossroads Turning Points
- Colorado State University Extension
- Department of Social Services
- Executives Partnering to Invest in Children
- Fieldman Financial Services
- Greater Pueblo Chamber
- Health Solutions
- House Bill 1451
- One Community
- Parkview Medical Center
- Pillars of Unity Pueblo
- Pueblo City Schools
- Pueblo City-County Library District
- Pueblo Community College
- Pueblo Community Health Center
- Pueblo County EDGIS
- Pueblo County United Way
- Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment
- Pueblo Medical Society
- Pueblo Police Department
- Pueblo Step Up/Centura Health
- Pueblo Triple Aim Corp.
- Pueblo Workforce Center
- Pueblo Youth Advisory Council
- Pueblo Youth Services Center
- Senate Bill 94
- South Central BOCES
- Southern Colorado Equality Alliance
- St. Mary-Corwin Violence Prevention