Communities That Care Coalition

The Communities That Care Coalition (CTC) brings together youth, parents, schools, community agencies, and local governments to promote the health and well-being of young people in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. It is co-coordinated by the Partnership for Youth at the FRCOG and Community Action Youth Programs. The Coalition conducts its work through five workgroups and committees:

The Regional School Health Task Force is composed of representatives from nine school districts: Athol/Royalston, Four Rivers Public Charter School, Franklin County Technical School, Frontier, Gill-Montague, Greenfield, Mohawk Trail, Pioneer Valley, and Ralph C. Mahar. It is responsible for the design and administration of the annual Teen Health Survey and serves as a forum for sharing information about prevention initiatives.

The Parent Education Workgroup, which is hosted by Clinical and Support Options, convenes monthly with parents and agencies that serve parents and families in attendance. The workgroup provides parenting information to the community and distributes minigrants to promote family connectedness and support parent education initiatives.

The Youth Leadership Initiative is coordinated by Community Action Youth Programs with the aim of building youth leadership in the community and engaging young people directly in the work of the Coalition.

The Policy and Practice Change Workgroup provides a forum for town government, law enforcement, the courts, the recovery community, and social service agencies to come together to work for policy change for substance abuse prevention.

The Mass in Motion Steering Committee works to promote healthy eating and active living in the region. Its membership includes town administrators and public health officials, hospital and community health center staff, land and transportation planners, and school and higher education staff.