Our mission is to foster a safe and healthy community. To better our community, we focus on encouraging positive youth development. Currently, our main focuses are communicating anti-drug messages to Olathe teens about opioid misuse, underage drinking and vaping. To reach our goals, we use data on Olathe drug trends from the annual Kansas CTC Survey of 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grade students to create educational campaigns and resources relevant to Olathe. Other focuses of Olathe CTC include academic failure, unplanned pregnancy, school dropout rates and violence.

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Olathe CTC aims to have a diverse set of members at the table to gather a wide range of opinions and perspectives on how we can improve our community. Coalition meetings are open to the public for anyone who is interested. Meetings typically feature a guest speaker that will present opportunities for community partnerships or about drug trends in Olathe. Currently, our leadership team has members that represent the City of Olathe, Olathe Public Library, Olathe Police Department, Johnson County Government, Olathe District Schools, and Johnson County Mental Health. Our community coalition has members that represent a wide variety of Olathe and JoCo organizations such as El Centro, many local churches, Mission Southside, Olathe Health, Johnson County District Attorney’s Office, and Olathe Teen Council. 

The Center for Communities That Care is part of the Social Development Research Group, an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners united in a common mission to understand and promote healthy behaviors and positive social development among children, adolescents and young adults.

The 5 Phases of Implementing
Communities That Care in a Community

Getting Started

When communities get ready to introduce CTC they work behind the scenes to:

  • Activate a small group of catalysts.

  • Assess how ready the community is to begin the process.

  • Identify key community leaders to champion the process.

  • Invite diverse stakeholders to get involved

Get Organized

Communities form a board or work within an existing coalition. After recruiting community board members, they:

  • Learn about prevention science.

  • Write a vision statement.

  • Organize workgroups.

  • Develop a timeline for installing CTC.

Develop a Community Profile

Communities assess community risks and strengths—and identify existing resources. The community board and workgroups:

  • Review data from the community’s youth survey.

  • Identify priority risk and protective factors that predict targeted health and behavior problems.

  • Assess community resources that address these factors.

  • Identify gaps to be filled in existing resources

Create a Community Action Plan

The community board creates a plan for prevention work in their community, to:

  • Reduce widespread risks and strengthen protection.

  • Define clear, measurable outcomes using assessment data.

Implement and Evaluate

In this final phase, communities:

  • Implement selected programs and policies.

  • Monitor and evaluate them.

  • Measure results and track progress to ensure improvements are achieved.

Want to learn more? Visit the Communities That Care national website.