ICCTC continues its outreach
IRON RIVER—Founded in 2017 as part of the U.P. Coalition Network, the Iron County Communities that Care is one of 14 such coalitions in the Upper Peninsula. The aim of the organization is to empower communities to use prevention science to help youth make healthier choices.
Local leaders, professionals and parents all work together using the evidence-based CTC system to help lower rates of youth problem behaviors, including substance use, violence, delinquency, school drop-out, teen pregnancy, and depression.
The goal of the U.P. Coalition Network and the affiliated coalitions under its umbrella is to create communities in the Upper Peninsula where youth thrive.
In Iron County, these efforts have been going on for more than two years now. For example, last December, the ICCTC administered a youth survey for sixth- and eighth-grade students as well as sophomores and seniors at Forest Park and West Iron to gather data on the most prevalent risk factors for youth in Iron County
Additionally, the ICCTC were one of the sponsors of the Iron County Drug Task Force’s “Our Children, Our Future” events at Forest Park in the fall and at West Iron.
And last spring, a student youth involvement group began to take shape which will include students from both county schools.