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CTC is a coalition-based community prevention operating system that uses a public health approach to prevent youth problem behaviors including underage drinking, tobacco use, violence, delinquency, school dropout and substance abuse.
Ultimately, the beneficiaries of CTC are youth of any age in the community. CTC helps decision-makers in the community select & implement tested, effective prevention policies and programs to address the most pressing risks facing their youth. CTC guides the community coalition through an assessment and prioritization process that identifies the risk and protective factors most in need of attention, and links those priorities to prevention programs that are proven to work in addressing them.
CTC activities are planned and carried out by the CTC Community Board, a prevention coalition of community stakeholders who work together to promote positive youth outcomes. Board members participate in a series of six CTC training workshops in which they build their coalition and learn the skills needed to install the CTC system.
Within 4 years of coalition implementation of the CTC system, communities using CTC experienced significant reductions in youth substance abuse and delinquency among students completing the eighth grade, compared to control communities:
Furthermore, youth in CTC communities were less likely to begin using drugs and to engage indelinquent behaviors for the first time by the eighth grade:
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