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Caring Communities of
Gibson County

An affiliate of Youth First, Inc.

Caring Communities of Gibson County organizes and involves all community members who have a stake in healthy futures for young people.

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Who We Are

Caring Communities of Gibson County (CCGC) is made up of community members, key leaders, and organizations who work together to engage all parts of the community in promoting healthy behaviors.

As part of the national and statewide initiative, the Communities that Care process is a way for communities to prevent substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy, violence, school drop-out, and behavioral health issues.

Our Vision

Our vision is a productive collaboration of community members engaged in promoting respectful, healthy behaviors that contribute to a thriving community.



Our Structure

Caring Communities of Gibson County is part of a national and statewide initiative created by professors of social work, J. David Hawkins, PhD and Richard F. Catalano, PhD at the University of Washington, Seattle.

CCGC is an affiliate of Youth First, Inc. which exists to strengthen youth and families through evidence-based programs that prevent substance abuse, promote healthy behaviors, and maximize student success.

Our Mission

Our mission is to assess the positive and negative influences impacting youth in Gibson County, support existing services and implement proven strategies in the identified service gaps, to promote positive youth development.


Our Successes

Caring Communities of Gibson County has developed its Community Action Plan and is now implementing that plan through various programs and strategies.

Our Focus

Caring Communities of Gibson County (CCGC) involves all parts of the community in promoting healthy development. It identifies the needs in the community and develops ways to address those needs. In order to accomplish this, the community has been assessed for risk and protective factors.

CCGC is a way for community members to work together to prevent problem youth behaviors including: substance abuse, delinquency, teen pregnancy, school dropout, violence, and behavioral health issues.

**Risk factors increase the likelihood of a young person becoming involved in unhealthy behaviors.

**Protective factors buffer youth from exposure to risk factors.

What We Do

CCGC uses evidence based strategies which have been researched and proven to make positive changes in individuals and communities.

Our vision is to have a productive collaboration of community members engaged in promoting respectful, healthy behaviors that contribute to a thriving community.

We offer programs for families and youth such as Strengthening Families, Family Connections, CAST, Life Skills Training, Al's Pals, and The Truth Is.


Our Programs

Al's Pals

Al's Pals

Al's Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices is a school-based prevention program that seeks to develop social-emotional skills such as self- control, problem-solving, and healthy decision making in children ages 3-8 in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.

Life Skills Training

Life Skills Training

Life Skills Training (LST) is a school-based program that aims to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors.








QPR Suicide Prevention

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention: QPR is an evidence-based, SPRC/AFSP registered “best practice” program taught in classrooms by more than 5,000 Certified Instructors throughout the US and abroad. QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States.



School Assistance Program

School Assistance Program

Youth First, Inc. has the mission of strengthening youth and families through evidence-based programs that prevent substance abuse, promote healthy behaviors, and maximize student success. Youth First Social Workers are accessible to school-aged youth within their own school environment.



Strengthening Families

Strengthening Families

Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a family skills training program designed to increase resilience and reduce risk factors for behavioral, emotional, academic, and social problems in children 3-14 years old. This program is a universal prevention program, meaning it is appropriate for all families to participate in. SFP comprises three life-skills courses delivered in 10 weekly, 2-hour sessions (ages 3-5 and 6-9 program) and 7 weekly, 2 hour sessions (ages 10 – 14).

Social Norms Marketing

Truth Is... Campaign

Social norms are the perceived standards of acceptable attitudes and behavior prevalent within a community. Social norms marketing uses commercial marketing techniques in an effort to modify or correct normative beliefs about a certain behavior, and ultimately change behavior in a positive way.





Coalition Members Make The Difference

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Volunteer members of the community make up the coalition and assist with data collection, analysis, and prioritization of Risk and Protective Factors, the resources that are available in the counties, and assist in choosing policies, procedures, and programs, to fill the identified gaps.

Be a part of the solution! Get involved in a Caring Communities of Gibson County work group:

  • Youth Involvement - Identifying and involving youth in committee activities; Coordinate skills development and youth recognition; Recruit youth to serve on the coalition
  • Risk & Protective Factor Assessment/Resource Assessment & Evaluation - Collect and analyze data; Facilitate the prioritization process; Identify existing community resources and gaps; Evaluate the coalition's Community Action Plan
  • Community Outreach & Public Relations - Identify opportunities to educate and involve community members; Work with the media; Maintain contact with stakeholders; Celebrate successes
  • Funding - Identify and connect with resources, sources of funding, and potential funders; Develop a long-term funding/sustainability plan
  • Community Board Maintenance - Recruit and educate new coalition members; Facilitate communication and reporting protocols; Coordinate team-building and recognition activities

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Contact Caring Communities of Gibson County

For more information on how to you can be a part of this exciting work in Gibson County, send us a message with the form below.

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Leaders

Reach our leaders through their direct e-mail:

Program Coordinaor
Diane Braun
(812)421-8336 ext. 118


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