Welcome to the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition website.
The Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition lead by Community Mobilizer DonnaLea Pyrz and Board President Dr. Christopher Hey is privileged to announce that the coalition recently received an 18 month grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The grant provides funding for the coalition to continue working on their mission of keeping youth in the community healthy safe and drug free. As part of the grant guidelines, the Communities that Care (CTC) operating system will be incorporated into the current coalition program. The CTC operating system is a proven, nationally based research program.
The Indian Valley Character Counts Coalition was developed as an initiative of the North Penn YMCA in 1997. The coalition consists of local businesses and organizations that offer many different services in the community. Working with the new CTC operating system, the coalition plans to assess the gaps in services to develop a stronger group that works together more efficiently. Currently the coalition is addressing risks identified from the 40 Developmental Assets Survey, however, the coalition plans to include the use of the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAY’s) as an additional assessment tool for evaluation of risk and protective factors. The addition of the PAY’s survey will help the coalition gather new data to identify factors that put youth in the Indian Valley at risk for substance abuse and risky behavior.
The video below provides a look at our 40 Developmental Assets program and the Indian Valley Student Support Card. Information for the new CTC operating system will be released soon./assets/media/40Assets.flv
In simplest terms a coalition is a group of individuals and/or organizations with a common interest who agree to work together toward a common goal. That goal could be as narrow as obtaining funding for a specific intervention, or as broad as trying to improve the overall quality of life for most people in the community. By the same token, the individuals and organizations involved might be drawn from a narrow interest, or might include representatives of nearly every segment of the community depending upon the breadth of issues.
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