Communities in Action
is a collective impact project taking place in Southeast and Central Seattle based on the Communities That Care prevention system. It involves individuals coming together to bolster protective factors and reduce risk factors in order to promote healthy child development—leading to healthier families and communities. Our vision is that our communities are thriving because they support and build strong young people and families who are empowered, connected, educated, and have meaningful opportunities for generations to come.
Communities in Action includes key leaders in the community, a Board Leadership Workgroup and community board members who, based on Seattle Public Schools’ 2012 and 2014 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey data, identified three risk factors: 1) laws and norms favorable to drug use, 2) early initiation of anti-social behavior, and 3) academic failure; and three protective factors: 1) community opportunities for pro-social involvement, 2) family opportunities for pro-social involvement, and 3) family rewards for pro-social involvement. Communities in Action will focus on two critical issues: mental health and violence and aggression.