This case study, written by FSG, focuses on the Franklin County Communities that Care Coalition, a collective impact initiative to reduce substance use and improve the ability of youth to reach their full potential in rural Franklin County, MA. This case study provides collective impact backbone organizations, funders, and partners with an overview of the initiative and key lessons learned.
The Communities that Care Coalition is a collective impact initiative reducing substance abuse and improving well-being for teens in 30 towns in rural Western Massachusetts.
Initiative / backbone name: Communities that Care Coalition
Year initiative formed: 2002
Mission: Bring Franklin County schools, parents, youth, and the community together to promote protective factors, reduce risk factors, prevent substance use and other risky behaviors, and improve young people’s ability to reach their full potential and thrive
Geography: Rural Franklin County, MA
Impact area(s): Health – Substance Abuse, Education and Youth