WAYNESBORO AREA COMMUNITY CARES
Creating an environment that fosters the growth and development of youth using assets within the community, schools, families and peer groups to prevent problem and risky behaviors
WACC strives to follow these three main goals: 1) To create and coordinate prevention methods and efforts within the Waynesboro area community to make the system more efficient, effective and productive; 2) To increase protective factors and decrease risk factors among our community youth; and 3) Through forward thinking initiatives, we will continue to work together to improve the lives of youth and families.
Formation and History of CTC/WACC:
'Communities That Care' (CTC) is a community-based model program that promotes positive youth development. Through this program community members review factors that influence their youth, prioritize the factors they believe are most important, and implement effective prevention strategies that address their specific community needs. CTC uses assets within our community, schools, family, and peer groups to develop strategies to prevent problem behaviors among our community’s youth.
CTC began as a grassroots effort in 2000. In the fall of 2002, an advisory committee was formed to determine the gaps in prevention services to the Waynesboro area youth and families. The committee included representatives from county organizations and the Waynesboro community. This advisory committee began the task of creating solutions to fill those gaps. The advisory committee held monthly meetings and by the spring of 2003, became the Waynesboro Area Community Prevention Collaborative (WACPC), and was dedicated to working toward programs in the community and schools dealing with drug abuse and alcohol abuse prevention. WACPC later absorbed into CTC and became known as the Prevention Board.
CTC operated under the Franklin County government until 2005. At that point, CTC was then incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. In the earlier years, CTC was fully funded through Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). The grants funded a Community Mobilizer position, a Waynesboro Area School District (WASD) Prevention Specialist, a Data Analysis staff member and various forms of prevention programming. This funding allowed CTC, with full fidelity, to implement evidence-based programming.
Until December 2012, CTC had a part-time volunteer Executive Director and Community Mobilizer. The CTC Board consists of a president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary. Additionally, CTC Board members serve as the primary volunteers to conduct program planning, grant writing, fundraising, youth activities, education, and outreach.
The efforts of CTC over the past five years have primarily focused on enhancing community mobilization. This includes conducting risk and resource assessments through the Pennsylvania Youth Survey, enhancing Board skills in fundraising, developing a sustainability plan, and addressing issues that affect youth and families in the community. The CTC Board reviews priority issues and matches appropriate programming to the needs of the youth, parents, schools, and community. In 2014 CTC merged with Healthy Communities Partnership and was renamed to Waynesboro Area Community Cares, a program of similar purpose with HCP that focuses specifically on the Waynesboro community.
Past Initiatives Include:
• Too Good for Drugs and Too Good for Violence programs throughout the school district
• Use of Youth Aid Panels for first time juvenile offenders in the Waynesboro area
• STARS for Families program with middle school and high school sports teams
• Save A Life Tour Program
• TV Tune-In
Current Initiatives Include:
• Parents Who Host, Lose the Most Campaign
• Asset Building Luncheons (future topics: high risk behaviors, mentoring)
• Implementation of the Pennsylvania Youth Survey
• Child Identification Program
• Yearly High School Graduation Party-alternative youth activity
• Waynesboro’s Got Talent Show-community cohesion building activity
• Red Ribbon Week activities
• National Night Out activities