We’re interviewing Stephanie Lynn, Communities That Care Coordinator in Luce County. Communities That Care (CTC) is a type of coalition focused on preventing youth problem behaviors. You can find your local CTC at www.UPprevention.org.
How long has CTC been going in Luce County?
CTC started in our county in 2013.
What kind of goals does CTC have for your community?
Right now, basically we want to rebuild our coalition. We’re kind of starting from scratch when it comes to recruiting coalition members. We’re looking for professionals, parents, grandparents, youth—anyone who wants to help create a healthier, safer community for our young people. Our vision is to live in a safe and engaged community, united around the wellbeing of its youth; creating positive opportunities which promote healthy human development.
What kind of events has your coalition held or participated in recently?
At the end of last school year we did the School’s Out Bash. We were at the Newberry Schools Open House this year. We’re looking forward to doing more as our coalition grows.
What are you most excited about coming up next?
Being able to bring people to the table and really make a success out of this program. We’ve had a good start, but our kids need more positive activities in the community. We have free Guiding Good Choices parenting workshops in October and November, and Botvin’s Lifeskills in schools. Right now, we’re looking for a volunteer who is interested in being trained to provide Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training in the community. This will be a big asset to help us promote awareness and link at-risk youth to resources in our county.
Luce County Communities That Care is funded by NorthCare Network and coordinated by Child & Family Services. Luce County Communities That Care is part of UP Coalition Network, an umbrella organization of the 14 CTCs covering all 15 counties of the UP.