The Power of One Trusted Adult

Dec 14, 2020 | CTC Blog

A Note From Mary Christa

In the Celtic tradition, there is a beautiful understanding of love and friendship. The old Gaelic term for this is anam cara.

In everyone’s life, there is a great need for an anam cara, a soul friend. In this love, you are understood as you are without mask or pretension. The superficial and functional lies and half-truths of social acquaintance fall away, you can be as you really are.

Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious. Where you are understood, you are at home.


Connection is at the heart of prevention.  For those of us working with youth, we may wonder how we can best support and help them thrive.  Make no mistake, if you are interacting with youth, you are having an impact – let’s make it a positive one. 

Prevention work isn’t something that only “prevention experts” do.  At the heart of community wide prevention is the understanding that each and every one of us has a role to play in supporting the healthy development of all the youth in our community.  We can be the trusted adult a child can turn to.

We invite you to partake in a 3-part series of classes designed for you to be a trusted adult and help kids thrive.  The course is designed and taught by Leisa Mukai, prevention and education director at the Peace House.  You will learn how to build trust with the youth in your life, while maintaining healthy and appropriate boundaries.

This online training is for YOU and your staff:
Counselors, teachers, coaches, neighbors, grandparents, parents, friends, aunties and uncles.  We look forward to seeing you in the squares!

CTC Blogs and Video Podcasts

Studies point to the importance of having a trusted adult for youth to prevent substance use, violence, suicide and mental illness. 

Building trust is an essential part of being a trusted adult to youth in our community. Learn the key components of how to build trust.


Healthy, clear, consistent and respectful boundaries are essential for relationships between youth and trusted adults. 

CTC News

SOCIAL DYNAMICS AND PARTY CULTURE: Lack of social connection, belonging, and outsized role substance use plays in social interaction among youth and adults.


INSIGHTS FROM THE FIRST PROVIDER SURVEY & YOUTH DATA: In communities where youth think parents believe substance use is wrong, fewer youth use substances, particularly alcohol.


That’s why we’re so excited to announce our new self-love campaign in partnership with the Live Like Sam Foundation. Both of our organizations are deeply connected to the idea that caring for ourselves and others starts with self-love. Especially in times of hardship, it’s important to take time to remember what’s most important and give ourselves the positivity boost we need to show up for life the best way we can.

To help Summit County school district children kick off the holiday season on a positive note, Live Like Sam and Communities That Care will be handing out self-love stickers to students prior to the winter break. Each sticker contains a set of positive self-affirmations that are meant to inspire appreciation for oneself and help students develop a greater sense of self-identity, character, purpose, and connection to their community.

“We hope that this small gift to our youth community will help them reconnect to what’s important and have a happier holiday season despite the current COVID climate,” said Ron Jackenthal, founder of Live Like Sam Foundation. “Partnering with Communities That Care on this initiative was incredibly important to us, and it’s been a great experience working together to make the world a more positive place for Summit County students.”

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