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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: The mission of Five Town Communities That Care is to promote healthy youth development and to prevent problem adolescent behaviors such as substance abuse, suicide, violence, delinquency, school drop-out, and teen pregnancy. We also seek to foster increased collaboration and cooperation in communities in order to best serve the needs of their youth.

Results: Since we began programming in 2004, we have seen the following results (as measured on the Maine Youth Drug and Alcohol Use Survey, or MYDAUS--based on the CTC Youth Survey) Lifetime substance use: • Cocaine: down 85% • Marijuana: down 66% • Hallucinogens: down 49% • Chewing Tobacco: down 44% • Ecstasy: down 39% • Stimulants: down 39% • Cigarettes: down 35% • Alcohol: down 28% • Inhalants: down 18% Previous 30-day substance use: • Cocaine: down 100% • Cigarettes: down 92% • Marijuana: down 83% • Chewing Tobacco: down 66% • Inhalants: down 62% • Ecstasy: down 47% • Stimulants: down 35% • Alcohol: down 26% Heavy Use: • Binge Drinking (five or more drinks in a row in the last two weeks): down 69% • Pack or more of cigarettes a day: down 100% Antisocial Behaviors: • Taken a Handgun to School: down 100% • Sold Illegal Drugs: down 88% • Suspended from school: down 63% • Drunk or High at school: down 54% • Carried a Handgun w/0 permission: down 47% • Stolen or Tried to Steal a Vehicle: down 37% • Attacked Someone With Intent to Harm: down 9%

Target demographics: We focus primarily on middle school children, their parents, and those who work with them in the community's churches, schools, and businesses.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We have served more than 50% of all the area middle school students who currently live in our service area with direct service programming. We also provide training and technical assistance to schools, businesses and groups who work with area youth.

Programs: We provide some direct-service programs (STAR, Guiding Good Choices, Math and Literacy Mentors), support other organizations in the community who are implementing prevention programming (local schools delivering the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program or the Life Skills Training Program, for example), provide training and technical assistance (in suicide or inhalant abuse prevention, evaluation, or coalition development), and actively work to promote increased collaboration amongst the community's youth serving organizations.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has participated in the STAR program for two sessions so far. As a special education student, she spends her school days outside the standard academic track. Through STAR she is able to be recognized for her achievements among peers. I can't say how much this has done for her confidence. As a parent, I am thrilled to know that she is learning important life skills while having a great time.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After school in downtown Camden I see middle school kids I knew as kindergartners and in early grade school. The expressions on their faces are beginning to harden ... they look bored, alienated, almost disgusted. Those are not the expressions I see on the kids in the afternoon programs at STAR ... they are enthusiastic, happy, interested, engaged. What makes the difference is they have not been abandoned by the grown-ups around them. They are treated with respect yes, but still guided by grown-ups interested in sharing new skills and new experiences. So they stay oriented and part of life, not disoriented and sidelined.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with FTCTC since its inception. I was at the initial training events held at the local YMCA in 2003 and have served in some capacity ever sense. I am currently part of the Community Coalition and on the Youth Involvement Workgroup. I have run a Youth Forum at the High School, taught the Guiding Good Choices parenting classes, and served in various other capacities. The successes are well documented. http://knox.villagesoup.com/news/story/Five-Town-Communities-That-Care-gains-national-attention/174617 http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/teen-drug-alcohol-abuse-reduced-maine/Story?id=8509881 http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthday/program-curbs-teen-substance-abuse-delinquency/Story?id=8511369 http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=8517933 http://www.wcsh6.com/video/default.aspx?maven_playerId=immersiveplayer&maven_referralObject=1247806837 http://www.nida.nih.gov/newsroom/09/townhall.html (If you want to hear directly from me about FTCTC, in the "View part 1 of 2" video, I am in the "interview" segment at the very beginning of the Town Hall) FTCTC has brought together all segments of our community - building relationships and improving communication amongst all of us who work with teens. Rather than just putting our community's weight, money, and efforts behind someone's pet project, the programs implemented are all tested and effective programs. The programs are strictly tracked and evaluated to ensure fidelity to the program and effectiveness - as such, we know we're not wasting our time/efforts/money and have concrete evidence we are truly making a difference. Frankly, I can not speak highly enough of FTCTC and the work that they continue to do in the Five Town community.