Summit County Communities that Care

Summit County is a diverse community, actively supporting and inspiring youth and families to live, work, and play responsibly throughout life.

Summit County Communities that Care (CTC), formerly known as Healthy Futures Initiative, is an evidence based prevention planning system designed to bring community members and community partners together to address youth substance use. CTC implements evidence based prevention strategies to address Summit County's unique risk and protective factors. Functioning as a community coalition, CTC consists of a key leader board, a community board, and a youth coalition who drive the progression of our work.

The Drop is now open after school from 3:15-5:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and from 2:15-5:30pm on Wednesdays. The Drop is closed on Fridays. The Drop offers free snacks, activities, homework space, classes, games and more to all Summit County teens in grades 6-12. Click here for more information.


  • Our two local youth coalitions, YESS and UpRISE, will continue meeting this summer! We will have a combination of in-person and virtual meetings. Please email Laura Brown at for more specific details. All Summit County high school youth are welcome to join and attend. Youth are provided stipends via gift cards for their time.
  • We have started a Summit County child care mapping project. We are in the early stages and working to gather local stakeholders invested in this work. Do you have experience with local child care personally, professionally, or both? We want to talk to you! Please email Mandi Kennedy at to set something up.
  • Are you passionate about local and/or statewide policy? We are working to form a CTC policy workgroup. This group will be responsible for updating the greater coalition about local and statewide policy updates that may have an impact on healthy youth development. Please email Mandi Kennedy at if you would like more information!