Communities That Care

Communities That Care (CTC) is a proven prevention system that's made a difference to real kids in real communities across the nation for nearly 30 years.

The CTC process creates awareness of the risk and protective factors impacting the healthy development of children and adolescents.  

Throughout the process, communities target their prevention efforts to reduce risk factors and strengthen protective factors in the four domains of community, family, school and peer/individual.

The Center for Communities That Care is part of the Social Development Research Group, School of Social Work, University of Washington.

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Summit County CTC 

In 2016, Summit County Government received a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) to address concerns about youth substance use and and mental health.  A coalition of community members and organizations was formed.

Summit County CTC Vision

Summit County is a diverse community, actively supporting and inspiring youth and families to live, work and play responsibly throughout life.

Summit County CTC 2023-2025 Goal Areas

Community members reviewed local youth data including Healthy Kids Colorado Survey to determined the greatest needs and gaps to focus on in 2023-2025.  CTC members, including youth, selected the following risk and protective factors to address:

  • Racism, Oppression & Underlying Systemic Conditions
  • Economic Instability
  • Early Initiation of Substance Use
  • Community Opportunities for Prosocial Involvement 

It is our hope to make Summit County a place where Everyone Belongs, Everyone Thrives, Everyone is Healthy, and Everyone is Connected.  For more information see the Summit County Communities That Care Community Action Plan 2023-2025.  To be a part of the Summit's CTC Community Board please contact Yessenia at

Coalition Partners

Summit County Government (Sheriff’s Office, Public Health, Youth & Family Services), Summit School District, The Peak School, Family & Intercultural Resource Center, Early Childhood Options, Advocates for Victims of Assault, The Summit Foundation, Summit Community Care Clinic, Building Hope, Town of Breckenridge, Breckenridge Police Department, Town of Frisco, Town of Silverthorne, Silco Theatre, St. Anthony's Centura Hospital, Growing Together

If you would like to learn more about Summit County CTC, please contact Yessenia at (970) 668-4035 or email