Healthy Children Are Our Future!


The United Way of Indiana County has been awarded a Community Coalition Capacity Building Grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to help develop a county-wide prevention coalition utilizing the Communities That Care (CTC) Model. More than 500 communities throughout the United States utilize the CTC model, which involves a 5-phase change process with the goal of promoting healthy youth development and reducing problem behaviors. 


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The county-wide prevention coalition is a collective of local community stakeholders, including representatives from schools, hospitals, faith-based, law enforcement, health care, human services, and local government.

The coalition is trained in prevention sciences and data-based decision-making by utilizing the Communities That Care system. This step-by-step guide and prevention-planning system aid in developing and supporting evidence-based prevention programs and policies, allowing community investments to effectively foster positive youth development. 

Our Children. Our Future. 


The CTC system is a cooperative, community-driven process that aims to prevent problems in youth before they develop. This system takes a practical evidence-based, outcome-focused approach that involves the whole community in promoting positive youth development. This five-step operating system is used to mobilize communities and better align agency resources by reducing risk and enhancing protection.

  • Young people from communities using the CTC system are 25% to 37% less likely to experience health and behavior problems.

Changing futures, one child at a time!

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Coalition Priorities



The data revealed that young people in Indiana County reported high levels of family involvement and attachment and that they are motivated to follow society's expectations and standards. Indiana County should work on continuing to build upon these strengths while also focusing on increasing opportunities for prosocial involvement.

The Prevention Coalition of Indiana County will be giving particular attention to implementing strategies or programs to address the following:

  • students' psychological, emotional, physical, and social well-being 
  • internet safety
  • vaping education
  • commitment to school
  • and opportunities for prosocial involvement

To learn more about the Coalition research, view our community assessment report here.



Community Assessment

The Assessing Community Resources workgroup will research what other evidence-based programs, policies, and practices exist in our communities to address the priority risks or build on protection. They will determine where there are gaps or we could support existing services and make recommendations on evidence-based programming.

Community Action Plan

A Community Action Plan will be created and implemented to address the risk and needs of the youth in our county. Programs will be evaluated and assessed on a regular basis.



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Volunteer Opportunities

Prevention Coalition Workgroups

Start creating positive change in the lives of our youth! Join a prevention coalition workgroup and help adolescents in Indiana County.

  • Risk and Protective Factor Assessment
  • Youth Involvement
  • Funding
  • Community Outreach and Board Maintenance
  • Assessing Community Resources

Youth Opportunities 

If you are between the ages of 12-21 and would like to serve as a youth voice for the coalition board and learn leadership skills, plan and implement activities, and advocate for important issues in your community, please consider joining our Youth Advisory Committee. 

If interested, please contact Donna Griffith, Community Engagement Coordinator, at

The power of caring, the power of us.


  • Kami Anderson - AICDAC
  • Patricia Berezansky - Purchase Line School District
  • Whitney Carmichael - Alice Paul House
  • Judy Christian - Penns Manor School District
  • Jess Clark - The CARE Center
  • Carrie Cowie - Adiago
  • Kristin Curci - Homer-Center School District
  • Jim Decker - Probation Office
  • Jessica Dinger - Indiana County Head Start
  • Maria Ellenberger - Evergreen After School Club
  • Michelle Faught - Indiana Community Action Program
  • Josh Giuliano - Community Guidance Center
  • Donna Griffith - Community Supporter
  • Regina Horwat - Marion Center School District
  • Stephanie Keppich - IUP Comm Media
  • Belinda Lambie - Purchase Line School District
  • Morgan Livingston - Keystone Family Alliance
  • District Attorney Robert Manzi - District Attorney's Office
  • Kayla Marshall - Alice Paul House
  • Megan Miller - The Open Door
  • Melanie Mock - IRMC Physician Group Social Services
  • Kathy Monko - River Valley School District
  • Eric Neal - YMCA of Indiana County
  • Jill Northey - Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug & Alcohol Commission
  • Kalani Palmer - IUP
  • Justin Schake - Indiana Gazette
  • Sarah Schroth - ARIN IU 28
  • Eric Slovinsky - Indiana Borough Police Department
  • Lisa Snyder - JusticeWorks YouthCare, Inc.
  • Lisa Spencer - Indiana County Department of Human Services
  • Jason Stepp - Indiana Gazette
  • Jennifer Van Wieren LPC
  • Emily Versace - Community Supporter
  • James Wagner - Community Supporter
  • Vicki Weaver - Children & Youth Services
  • Justin Zahorchak - Indiana Area School District



  • Kami Anderson - AICDAC
  • Patricia Berezansky - Purchase Line School District
  • Tammy Calderone - Armstrong-Indiana Behavioral & Development Health Program
  • Ralph Cecere- Homer-Center School District
  • Jess Cunningham - InFirst Bank
  • Mike Drew - The Reschini Group
  • Jennifer Eckels - WCCC
  • Sheriff Robert Fyock - Indiana County Courthouse
  • Robin Gorman - Indiana County Commissioner
  • Trooper Greenfield - PA State Police
  • Sherene Hess - Indiana County Commissioner
  • Mark Hilliard - Indiana County Chamber of Commerce
  • Robert Heinrich - Indiana Area School District
  • Daren Johnston - Penns Manor School District
  • Richard Lucas - United School District
  • Chad Martin - First Commonwealth Bank
  • Brigette Matson - ARIN IU #28
  • Dr. Mark McGowan - IUP
  • Brian Nalepa - Indiana Gazette
  • Wendy Newcomer - CGN CPA
  • Dr. Tim Runge - IUP
  • Chief Schawl - Indiana Borough Police
  • Charles Spadafora Jr. - Colonial Motor Mart
  • Lisa Spencer - Department of Human Services
  • Jason Stepp - Indiana Gazette
  • Jim Struzzi - State Representative
  • Glenn Thompson - Congressman
  • Dr. Christian Vaccaro - IUP
  • Stan Webb - Indiana Area School District
  • Clint Weimer - Marion Center School District


To learn more about the Communities That Care Model, visit their website.

*Center for Communities That Care, University of Washington, School of Social Work.*

**This project was supported by the PCCD Subgrant #36138 awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). The opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed within this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of PCCD.**