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Communities that Care develops plan to support Craig youth

Youth participants help develop the Communities that Care Action plan, due out later this year.

CRAIG — The community will soon have a plan to help increase the well being of youth in Moffat County. An in-depth analysis of data by Communities that Care — a collaborative, community-driven process that aims to strengthen and supplement existing prevention work to reduce alcohol and substance use, violence, and delinquency in youth — suggests area youth struggle with depression, anxiety, and making healthy choices.

“Our teens are dealing with the society in which they are growing up. They are dealing with things that we didn’t have to deal with. The goal of this program is to look at the gaps and problems and help our teens,” said CTC Facilitator Amanda Ott, when the study was released in February.

The group has chosen to focus on creating or improving safe spaces for children, as well as instituting new programs to help address depression and anxiety felt by youth. During the summer, several planning sessions were held with CTC board members, organizational and agency partners, concerned citizens, and youth. The local implementation plan is expected to be released later this year.

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