Supporting Centre County's Youth, students and families
CTC Prevention Coalition of Centre County
Initiatives

Straight Talk Series

Communities That Care, State College Area School District, Youth Service Bureau, and Jana Marie Foundation collaborate to offer monthly Straight Talk seminars for parents, caregivers, and other concerned adults throughout the school year. Seminars take place at Mount Nittany Middle School from 7:00pm to 9:00pm on dates to be announced and are provided at no charge to the public. Free childcare is available. Topics vary each month and have included adolescent depression, signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse, cyber-bullying, how to talk to children and teens about substance abuse, healthy relationships, and more. You are invited to attend seminars to learn more about issues that are affecting kids in our community and see how you can make a difference.

Centre Daily Times Article Series

The Communities That Care weekly column is published each Wednesday by the Centre Daily Times. Writers are community members who address a wide array of parenting and prevention issues of interest to readers throughout the county. Topics vary each week and include substance abuse, bullying, school issues, parent-child communication, internet safety, mental health, community events for families, and more.  If you are interested in submitting an article for consideration for publication in the column, please see CDT CTC Column Writers’ Guidelines.

 

Drug Take Back Day

Prescription drug use and abuse has increased both nationally and locally. One of the easiest ways for young people to access prescription drugs are in their own homes. The Coalition partners with local law enforcement twice a year on efforts to reduce the availability of prescription drugs within the community by allowing residents to drop off unused and expired medications.

The Bellefonte Police Department now has in effect a permanent drop off site where residents can dispose of their unwanted prescriptions safely and without question.

 

Media Campaigns

The Communities That Care Talking to Your Kids media campaign is a preventative initiative started in 2010 by funding from the federal Sober Truth on Underage Drinking (STOP Act) grant. The objective of this media campaign was to remind parents of their positive influence on their child's behavior through the initiation and continuation of talking to their kids about expectations related to substance use.

 

Pennsylvania Youth Survey Implementation

Centre County is preparing for the Fall 2013 implementation of the Pennsylvania Youth Survey. This survey accesses attitudes and behaviors associated with youth substance use and abuse within Centre County. The tool is administered to students within 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades. This year, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, The Pennsylvania Department of Education and The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs have collaborated to bring the survey process to local districts at no cost.

Survey results will be made available the following spring in 2014. The summary information will be available on the Centre Cares website and full county reports will be made public through the State websites. The Coalition has been compiling this data over the last 10 years and has developed trending summaries for several of the core measures identified.

See previous years survey data and trending summaries

 

Kid’s Day

 
The State College Downtown Improvement District, Communities that Care, and other community partners team up to offer fun Day for Kids activities which give adults and kids an opportunity to take a break from their busy lives. Choose a free pumpkin to decorate together. Make Halloween masks or design your own fall leaves. Shake hands with McGruff the Crime Dog. Cheer your kids on as they scale a climbing rock wall. Stop by the Discovery Space Children's Science Museum. At Memorial Field, State College Area School District will be featuring fun physical education activities. Strolling along Allen Street you will also come across the Community Resource Fair where you can learn about the many services available in Centre County. Enjoy crafts, face-painting, magicians, and more with the children who mean the most to you.
 
Kids’ Day offers opportunities for adults to give children focused time, to promote togetherness, and to create memories. To learn more about Kids Day’ or to become involved in Communities That Care, contact us.

 

Youth Leadership Camp

The Communities That Care Prevention Coalition of Centre County in collaboration with the Centre County Youth Services Bureau has sponsored annual summer Youth Leadership Camps in Centre County beginning in 2011 for area youth ages 12-18. Routinely, this camp provides youth with adventure-based education the helps to build youth self-esteem, enhances communication and problem solving skills, strengthens media literacy proficiency, and educates youth on healthy life choices so that they are less likely to participate in high-risk behaviors related to drugs and alcohol. Participating youth have formulated drug and alcohol prevention media messages, design and implement community service projects, engaged in teamwork activities via a multitude of prevention curriculums, and communication building activities.


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