Comprehensive Strategy

Comprehensive Strategy is a group of individuals from public and private community organizations who attempt to generate data and practices that generate positive youth development in the tri-state region.  The sole purpose of the organization is to enable local youth to grow into the most competent and well-developed individuals possible.

Comprehensive Strategy:

1.  Develops annual reviews of local problem behaviors surfacing among community youth.

2.  Annually collects and maintains an ongoing dataset on risk factors confronting local youth.

3.  Organizes quarterly meetings on policies, practices, and issues affecting community youth.

4.  Meets monthly to review trends and to generate agenda for quarterly community meetings.

Data Updates:  The five problematic behaviors that Comprehensive Strategy considers as indicators of how tri-state youth are faring include:

  • Substance abuse:  declining among high school seniors; still unacceptably high rates.
  • Juvenile larcenies:  declining slightly over past 8 years, but on the increase now.
  • Teen pregnancies:  4% higher than in States of Iowa or Nebraska.
  • High school drop out rates:  low, but variably measured; graduation rates, high but poor
  • Juvenile assaults:  rate has been declining from highs of 5 years ago but now on the rise.

Comprehensive Strategy tracks patterns in those behaviors as well as a cohort of indicators that describe risk factors to modern child development.  Those factors include 1) the availability of drugs, 2) early initiation into problem behaviors like those described above, 3) economic deprivation; 4) academic failure in late elementary school, and 5) family conflict/family history.

Each year Comprehensive Strategy publishes a condensed Progress Report on the trends that it tracks, and then dedicates one of the annual quarterly meetings to a detailed inspection of the most current data available.