Vision: A healthy and strong community which is invested in strengthening youth who are independent and productive community members.
Misson: North Teller Build a Generation is a Community Coalition Collaborating to Strengthen Youth.
Across our state and nation, communities are increasingly concerned about the well-being of youth and preventing the growing problems of substance abuse, delinquency, violence, school dropout, and teen pregnancy. North Teller Build A Generation (NTBAG) is an innovative, long-term planning process which involves a community coalition to address these problems. NTBAG is based on the “Communities That Care” Model of risk and protective factor-focused prevention and the Social Development Strategy. NTBAG currently has members from multiple community sectors who represent collaborative partners. These sectors include programs and services focused on children, youth and families, including the Woodland Park RE-2 School District, the Woodland Park Police Department, the Teller County Sheriff’s Department, Teller County Public Health, Teller County Department of Social Services, Community Partnership Family Resource Center, the Woodland Park Parks and Recreation Department, the faith community, the business community and several youth representatives.
NTBAG is based on the premise that to make lasting impact on preventing adolescent problem behaviors, two approaches are necessary:
- reduce areas of risk that threaten children and youth and,
- increase “protective factors” – those external experiences which enable youth to withstand negative influences, make good choices and engage in healthy behaviors.
Creating and sustaining this kind of change is complex, evolutionary and requires:
- Creating and committing an infrastructure to guide and encourage involvement from all sectors of the community.
- Environmental and systemic change.
- A coordinated effort in participating in, and influencing local public policy decision-making.
- Coordination, cooperation and collaboration between institutions and organizations.
- Supporting effective prevention strategies.
- Coordinated approaches to maximize resources.
The NTBAG Coalition accomplishes these tasks by collecting local data and analyzing which of the 19 risk factors identified in the model are the most serious in this community. The three highest priority risk factors identified by NTBAG are:
- Availability of drugs and alcohol
- Favorable attitudes toward the problem behavior
- Early initiation of the problem behavior
The next step is to do a gaps analysis by taking an inventory of existing programs that address these priority risk factors and determine what needs to be added. This information enables the community to move to the final step of developing a strategic prevention plan, which is implemented, evaluated and updated on a continual basis. NTBAG’s goal is to continue community mobilization toward prevention and to increase healthy beliefs and clear standards in our community overall. The comprehensive strategic action plan addresses needs in the community, family, school and individual domains with both service delivery and systems changes.
NTBAG is sustained by the City of Woodland Park, and includes the Woodland Park Teen Center.