A international prevention planning program is probing into the lives of Squamish youth.
Squamish’s Communities That Care (CTC) recently conducted a youth survey to gauge the health and well-being of local children’s lives. Questionnaire results are currently being compiled, with a report anticipated in the new year, CTC project facilitator Christine Buttkus said.
Once that’s complete it’s on to the next step, and for that, the board needs help, Buttkus said. The survey’s data is a useful tool in identifying risk factors related to problem behaviours, including substance use, delinquency, teen pregnancy, drugs and depression. CTC needs volunteers to carry out the prevention phasing and implementation of programs arising from the survey, Buttkus said.
“We certainly do need additional people on each of our committees,” she said, noting up to 50 individuals with varying backgrounds would be welcomed.
The CTC conducted similar surveys in 2003 and 2006. Based on previous youth and community assessments, Squamish service groups, such as Sea to Sky Community Services, strengthened family programs for children aged 6 to 14, she said.
The CTC needs help with a number of committees, including community outreach and public relations. These groups will keep Squamish informed of the CTC’s work and help carry out it out. Training will be provided and new members will be asked to join a number of task forces, Buttkus said.
“It gives community members an opportunity to learn about prevention,” she said.
In January, a Community Resources and Evaluation working group will form to inventory existing Squamish resources that address priorities identified during the new community assessment.
The community board meets on the third Thursday of the month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. To get involved, contact the committee’s chair at www.facebook.com/CTC.SeaToSky. For more information visit www.ctcsquamish.com.