I-70 Corridor Communities That Care

The Communities That Care (CTC) System is a way for members of the community to work together to promote positive youth development

How You Can Get Involved

Call (303) 644-5049 Or Contact Us to get Involved

Mission and Vision Statement

I-70 Corridor Communities that Care (I-70 CCTC) strives to provide opportunities for improving youth health in our schools, families, and community at large through educational and economic outreach focusing on youth substance use prevention and safety.

Goals

The I-70 CCTC coalition has two goals: (1) to reduce youth risk behaviors (substance use and violence) and (2) to increase youth protective factors (mental well-being) along the I-70 Corridor.

Food for Thought

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”- Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Young people willing to push super hard to make something happen are among the most powerful forces in the world.” -Sam Altman

“As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”– Audrey Hepburn

” At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”– Denzel Washington

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”– Margaret Mead

“I would so much like young people to have a sense of the gift that they are.” – John Denver

Youth is the trustee of prosperity. – Benjamin Disraeli

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” -Barack Obama

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”- Hellen Keller

“We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.”- Hellen Keller

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”- Helen Keller

Community Events

There are several times throughout the year the I-70 CCTC coalition and youth leadership board (TFC) either host or help with Family-Friendly community events along the I-70 Corridor. This is a great way to keep the youth positively involved in their community and promote Positive Youth Development through healthy interactions with adults.

Family-Friendly Events

I-70 CCTC along with Teens For Change have hosted Family-Friendly events along the I-70 Corridor. Past events have included: a youth dance, movie night in the pool, and a bowling night. The coalition also helps with other community wide events along the corridor such as Bennett Days.

Youth Led Community Service

Teens For Change members are always looking for opportunities to volunteer in the community. Youth members have helped clean the garden at the Women’s Resource Center, helped serve food at Bennett Days, participated in parades along the corridor and helped with Pedal the Plains. TFC is always looking for new ways to be involved and help the community.

I-70 Corridor Coalition Meetings

I-70 CCTC holds monthly meetings to discuss events happening along the I-70 Corridor, how data is rooted in the work we are doing along the corridor and how we can effectively implement the selected strategies.

For information on meeting dates and times please check the Community Events Page.

Youth Led Community Mural Projects

Every year youth participate in creating a community mural that is displayed in Trupp Park in Bennett, CO. Youth are responsible for developing the concept, designing the layout, and helping paint the mural. This hands-on project is a prime example of Positive Youth Development in action. The youth work directly with a local artist to get their concept onto the mural boards in the park.

 All murals are auctioned off at the Eastern I-70 Corridor Art Show & Mural Wall Auction. This year the art show and auction will be held at Morgan Community College in Bennett in August 2021. Final date to be determined.

 Mural photos from past events are located under the youth tab.

 

DATA

During Community Assessment Workshops the coalition analyzed data collected through various resources. The data was prioritized based on indicators of risk factors identified by Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Catalano, these methods have been shown to be valid and reliable measures of risk factors and behavior issues. The data itself was gathers from The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, and various other public data sources by a Population Health Epidemiologist at Tri-County Health Department.

Members of the I-70 CCTC coalition analyzed the data to identify and prioritize which risk factors are most elevated in the I-70 Corridor Community. The coalition identified three risk factors that stood out as the most important areas to focus in the community.

  1. Low Neighborhood Attachment and Community Disorganization
  2. Extreme Economic Deprivation
  3. Family Management 

After the top priorities were selected, the coalition voted on strategies from an extensive list provided by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment to focus their efforts on presenting and implementing in the community. These include the following efforts:

  1. Facilitate Hot-Spot Mapping to Increase Community Organization
  2. Alter the Physical Environment
  3. Build Public Support for Family- Friendly Business Practices

The role of our youth in facilitating hot spot mapping, altering the physical environment, and building public support for family friendly business include the following:

Youth are one of the community’s biggest assets when it comes to Hot-Spot Mapping. However, there is a need for improvement in utilizing and working with the youth. Using the Positive Youth Development model, youth will work both directly and indirectly with adults in collecting usable data and information in their schools’ environments and in the communities as well. The youth will be able to identify where cold and hot spots exist, walkability of their community and help with identifying the best methods of action to address the issues.

            In Building Support to Alter the Physical Environment youth can be one of the biggest strengths in determining how the areas should look, be laid out, and kept in good repair. The youth know what is aesthetically pleasing and functional to the younger generations and can speak to one another through their efforts of positive peer pressure. This is evident in the work the youth have accomplished thus far, through the creation of an art mural that was displayed in a local park, and then sold at an auction to gain funding for creating a new mural to be placed in the park. The youth are also preparing to do a walkability study of the four main towns along the I-70 Corridor. This strategy lends itself to utilizing Positive Youth Development by allowing the youth and adults to work together in the planning, implementation process and on-going maintenance of areas that need to be modified for functionality, and aesthetics.

Youth will have the opportunity to work with adults on this strategy by giving input about what they need from employers that will allow their parents/guardians to be more easily accessible for school and extracurricular events, as well as when dealing with illness. The youth can also work with adults to learn about creating publications and media outlets. All the mentoring the youth will receive from the adults directly correlates with the Positive Youth Development model.

Community Collaboration/Partners

I-70 Corridor Communities That Care will strive to provide opportunities for our schools, families, and communities at large to focus on youth substance abuse prevention and safety through educational and economic outreach. Multiple agencies have contributed time and energy to support the coalition in creating systems that prevent youth substance use and violence and to promote young people’s mental well-being. Additional community members and youth are providing expertise and passion, as well as practical insights on addressing the needs of youth. All these partners will be critical in leveraging community assets and resources needed to implement and sustain our prevention efforts. The following agencies have contributed to the development of this plan, either through work group participation or by contributing information. 

 

Adams County Sheriff’s Office 

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment 

Arapahoe Library District (Kelver)

Colorado University Boulder

Bennett Public Library (Rangeview District)

Deer Trail School District

Bennett Park and Recreation District 

Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC)

Bennett School District 

Strasburg School District

Byers School District 

Town of Bennett

Byers Community Church 

Tri-County Health Department

 

Active Community Members at Large

Autumn Stuart 

Kim Laska

Brad Brauer 

Leila Schaub

Corren Lind 

Sandy Safford

Julie Drummond

Molly Dewolff

Get in Touch. Get Involved.

 

Located inside Bennett Park and Recreation District

455 S. 1st Street

Bennett, CO 80102

303-644-5049