Communities That Care

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Tualatin Together is implementing the Communities That Care process into our community.

Communities that Care (CTC) is a coalition-based community prevention program that aims to prevent youth problem behaviors including underage drinking, tobacco use, violence, delinquency, school dropout, and substance abuse. CTC works through a community coalition to assess risk and protective factors among the youth in their community using a population-based survey of young people. Once the risks have been assessed, the coalition works to implement tested and effective programs to address the issues and needs that have been identified.

A key component of the process is the Social Development Skills Strategy SDS. The SDS is a tool for enhancing five factors, which are: Opportunities, Skills, Recognition, Bonding and Healthy Behaviors. The process builds protection and organizes these protective factors into a strategy for action that anyone can use in their daily interactions with young people.

We hope that you will join us in building a shared vision of our community as a safe, nurturing environment for all children. To learn more reach out to TT’s CTC Facilitator Laura Freer at [email protected].

Phase 1 - Getting Started


Phase 1 Workgroup  Traci Rose - TTSD, Brian Miller - Tualatin Police SRO, Delmira Gonzalex De Niz - Tualatin Together, Cyndy Hillier - Tualatin Together, Ali Hoyle - Tualatin Together, Laura Freer - Tualatin Together, Jeremy Rankin - Tualatin Together, Marshall Jordon- Rivermark Community Credit Union, Susan Noack - Tualatin Chamber Board, Sue Wise - Tualatin Together Board (not pictured Kelley Cameron - Byrom Elementary PSO President, Lyndi Petty - Washington County, Vikki Villarreal - Washington County).

Phase 1 began with identifying a small group to explore the advantages of CTC for the Tualatin community. 

The main objective of this workgroup was to determine community readiness and to identify a diverse, oriented and committed Key Leader Board.  Our work group spent many hours creating the invitation list for this Key Leader Orientation with the hope that several people in attendance will commit to join our Key Leader Board.

Phase 2 - Getting Organized


  Phase 2 Workshops

 Visioning and Workgroup Development

Create a Vision Statement: Our coalition will be creating shared vision and common language for prevention. Sharing a vision will provide coalition members with purpose and direction. When written to reflect ideal futures for community, family and individuals, the vision statement represents the healthy behaviors that we want youth to achieve.

Workgroup Development: One of the variables in the coaliton’s success is to have an organizational structure that supports the various functions of the CTC process. The recommended coalition structure includes six workgroups:

  • The Risk & Protective Factor Assessment Workgroup
  • Community Outreach and Public Relations Workgroup
  • The Youth Involvement Workgroup
  • The Resources Assessment & Evaluation Workgroup
  • The Funding Workgroup
  • Coalition Health and Promotion

We will review the role, tasks and skills required for each workgroup.  We will also discuss the desired membership for each group. At the end of this workshop, you will be invited to assign yourself to the workgroup on which you would like to work.

These workshops will be integrated into Tualatin Togethers monthly coalition meetings.  Additional workshops will be scheduled as needed.      


CTC Timeline 2
CTC Elements