Communities That Care is a science-based public health approach proven to promote healthy youth development and reduce youth health and behavior problems community wide. Developed by Drs. J. David Hawkins and Richard Catalano at the University of Washington, Communities That Care employs the Social Development Strategy (pictured at right, left or below) to foster young people’s wellbeing through opportunities, skill-building and recognition. In this way, protective factors are strengthened and risk factors are reduced, resulting in healthier kids, families and communities. A rigorous scientific trial of the Communities That Care model demonstrated reductions in rates of youth violence, crime and substance use.