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Issue No. 5

We look forward to helping elevate evidence-based programs by sharing information about our programs and what we are doing at Blueprints. Enjoy!

A Letter From Our Director:
The 7th Blueprints Conference is Almost Here

There’s excitement in the air as we approach the date of our 7th biennial Blueprints Conference. This is a fantastic opportunity for persons engaged in youth violence prevention and healthy youth development to come together to network, share information, and learn from experts in the field. The overarching goal of the conference is to provide information on evidence-based programs and guidance and tools to help consumers implement these programs successfully.

Please join us on April 30 for the preconference and May 1-2, 2018, for the main conference in Westminster, Colorado, for this unique experience that unites a broad spectrum of participants from policy, program development, research, and implementation. We promise that you will not be disappointed!

Learn more about what you can expect to find at this year’s conference.

Register for the conference today!


Sharon Mihalic
Director, Blueprints Initiative
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder

Tom Cook, a member of the Blueprints Advisory Board, recently spoke at the Institute of Behavioral Science at CU-Boulder on (1) the standards of the different program clearinghouses and what constitutes acceptable evidence, and (2) when quasi-experimental designs reliably reproduce estimates from randomized experiments.


Featured Model Program
Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

Blueprints Certified: 1996
Ages Served: 11-18
Program Outcome: Delinquency and Criminal Behavior, Illicit Drug Use
Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a short-term family therapy intervention and juvenile diversion program helping at-risk children and delinquent youth, ages 11-18, to overcome adolescent behavior problems, conduct disorder, substance abuse and delinquency?

Learn more about Functional Family Therapy…

Featured Promising Program
Communities That Care (CTC)

Blueprints Certified: 2008
Ages Served: Infant to Early Adulthood (0-22)
Program Outcome: Alcohol, Delinquency and Criminal Behavior, Tobacco, Violence
Communities That Care (CTC) is a prevention system designed to reduce levels of adolescent delinquency and substance use through the selection and use of effective preventive interventions tailored to a community’s specific profile of risk and protection.

Learn more about Communities That Care…

Join the Center for CTC and state partners for a webinar:
Using Communities That Care to Boost Your Prevention Infrastructure
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
11 a.m. Pacific / 12 p.m. Mountain / 1 p.m. Central / 2 p.m. Eastern

Blueprints News & Resources
Relevant articles and helpful resources
Here are a few articles that feature some of our Blueprint’s Model Programs:


Register for the 2018 Blueprints Conference today!
Join us in Colorado this spring for our bi-annual conference. Early-bird registration is now open and it’s shaping up to be another great event.

Legislative Update
Stay Informed 

Legislative support is key to the elevation of our programs. We would encourage you to keep an eye on these bills as they progress.

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University of Colorado Boulder | Institute of Behavioral Science | Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
483 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309



Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
University of Colorado Boulder
Institute of Behavioral Science
UCB 483, Boulder, CO 80309


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Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development is
currently funded by Arnold Ventures (formerly the Laura and John Arnold Foundation) and historically has received funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.