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Welcome

February 11, 2014

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.

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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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Greetings from the President!

February 11, 2014

At the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition, our mission is to promote positive youth development by providing information, supporting programs and strengthening community relationships that promote the principles of Character Counts! and that build assets to help youth stay healthy, safe and drug-free.

As president of the Coalition’s Executive Committee, I am honored to be part of a community which places such a strong emphasis on building character in young people.  I am committed to continuing this tradition and finding new ways to help our youth face the challenges of life in the 21st century.

Christopher D. Hey, Ed.D.

 

Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition Town Hall Breakfast-Committee Members

Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition Committee Members

Michael Pennington, Director Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Michael Pennington, Director
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Souderton Area School District Students and Community Leaders discussing the results of the PAYS Survey and the 40 Asset Surveys.

Souderton Area School District Students and Community Leaders discussing the results of the PAYS Survey and Search Institutes Attitudes and Behaviors Surveys

On October 21, 2016, the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition held a Town Hall meeting at the LCBC Church in Harleysville, PA.  Community leaders and students from the Souderton Area School District were invited to the Town Hall meeting to hear the results of student surveys (PAYS Pennsylvania Youth Survey and the Search Institute Attitudes and Behaviors Surveys) given to the students during the 2015-2016 school year.  Before the results were given, Keynote Speaker Michael Pennington addressed the audience on what impact coalition work throughout the state has had on prevention efforts.   Mr. Pennington believes that recidivism rates have been reduced because of the prevention work being done by coalitions across the state.  He also stated that because of prevention efforts, fewer youth have been found to be placed in residential facilities.  Mr. Pennington believes that these are just a few of the reasons that prevention efforts are a critical part of state-wide community coalitions work.

After Mr. Pennington spoke, Dr. Christopher Hey and Mr. Kyle Longacre presented the results of the surveys to the audience.  A brief overview of the Student Supports Cards (handed out at the meeting) was provided and then attention was given to priorities the coalition plans to address as a result of the student data assessment.

Dr. Hey noted that the Coalition has identified substance abuse and mental health as key priorities in the Indian Valley.  Risk and protective factors for each priority will be addressed by the Assessment Team and presented to the General Membership Committee for final approval.  A Plan of Action will be put in place to identify each priority and how the priority will be addressed.

Finally, students were given an opportunity to discuss what they heard with community leaders.  They were able to  share their opinions and listen to those of the leaders,  building a mutual respect for each others opinion.  The Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition focuses on the Social Development Strategy, the most important part of which is building relationships and providing opportunities!

If you would like to be a part of the prevention efforts of the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition please contact, DonnaLea Pyrz, Community Mobilizer at 215-723-3569, ext.  116.

 

Save the Date! October 21, 2016

August 10, 2016

Save the date!  On October 21, 2016, the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition invites all Key Community Leaders to attend the Indian Valley Character Counts! Town Hall Meeting.  The meeting is being held at the LCBC Church on Sumneytown Pike, in Harleysville, PA. During our Town Hall Meeting we will be releasing the data from […]

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Prescription Medicine Take Back Day-April 30, 2016

March 30, 2016

On Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition, an initiative of the North Penn YMCA assisted by the Franconia Township Police Department, will be accepting unused and unwanted prescription medications as part of “Take Back Day,” sponsored by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and the Police Chiefs Association of […]

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CREST COMMUNITY CHALLENGE

November 4, 2015

The Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition would like to recognize Indian Crest Middle School for developing this outstanding community project. Developing a sense of community service extends beyond what is taught in a classroom setting. At Indian Crest, we are encouraging students to actively participate in the community in which they live. Our emphasis is […]

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NATIONAL CHARACTER COUNTS! WEEK-October 18-24, 2015

September 30, 2015

Join the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition as we celebrate National Character Counts! Week.  Character Counts! week is the largest celebration of character worldwide.  The program provides our youth a framework for positive living and making the right choices.  Join our coalition as we celebrate the character of those in our community during the week […]

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Montgomery County Prescription Take Back Day – April 25, 2015

April 14, 2015
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Heroin In The Valley

March 27, 2015

On March 12, 2015, the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition hosted a communihty conversation, “Heroin in the Valley, Joining together to prevent substance abuse.”  Senator Stewart Greenleaf, R-12th Distritct, was on hand to open the forum.  Addressing the audience he stated, “We need to turn the tide on the issue, before too many of our […]

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FAMILY READING NIGHT

March 9, 2015

  Parents, children and a big RED dog, gathered together for a night of reading, dancing and crafts for Family Reading Night on Friday, February 27, 2015. The Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition, an initiative of the North Penn YMCA, hosted the event, supported by a grant from the Target Foundation.  The grant provided funds […]

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Heroin in the Valley-Joining Together to Prevent Substance Abuse

February 13, 2015

Join the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition, Souderton Area School District and Penn Foundation for a community conversation “Heroin in the Valley-Joining Together to Prevent Substance Abuse,” on March 5, 2015 at Indian Crest Middle School.  The event begins at 7:00pm.  

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Community Awareness Walk and Fun Fair-September 20, 2014

October 21, 2014

The first annual Community Awareness Walk and Fun Fair was held on September 20, 2014.  The event replaces the Caring Community Fair held for the past 20 (previously held in June).  The event was moved to September to run run in conjunction with National Recovery Month, as part of our mission to help our youth stay healthy, […]

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