Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Durango community group reports positive gains in youth development

The Durango Herald posted a positive article on the Celebrating Healthy Communities Coalition, highlighting the gains La Plata County has made in preparing young people for success and decreasing underage drinking and other risky behaviors. Teen alcohol use dropped from 36 percent in 2006-07 to 19 percent in 2013-14, according to the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey.

Celebrating Healthy Communities Coalition, a local substance-abuse prevention group, attributes part of this drop in alcohol use to a community wide effort among many groups in town who work with youths.

Rather than focusing on a negative messaging, such as the nationwide “Just say no” to drugs campaign, the coalition set out to encourage the 40 developmental assets that can help them thrive and decrease the chance they will try risky behaviors. These assets cover a variety of character traits including restraint, a sense of purpose and motivation to do well in school.

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