Full Circle provides opportunities, education and caring relationships to help Lake County become a place where youth make healthy choices, families thrive and the community is united.
The Full Circle Project began in 1991 with a single employee as a pilot project investigating the effectiveness of inter-generational mentoring in reducing youth substance abuse. Recognizing documented community needs, the agency has steadily expanded to include parent education, after-school activities and community integration. Full Circle of Lake County was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1997.
Today, Full Circle is recognized as a leader in innovative youth and family programming in Colorado and was the recipient of a Karl E. Eitel award from the El Pomar Foundation for Excellence in Programming in 2008. The agency is still headed by its founding employee, Alice Pugh, who continues to serve as Executive Director.
Full Circle's approach to prevention is founded upon the Social Development Theory of Hawkins & Catalano, which focuses on increasing family and community protective factors. All programs follow the Strategic Prevention Framework and Evidence-Based Principles for Substance Abuse Prevention. Full Circle consistently produces statistically significant results, across multiple measures, for the members of its various programs. Measures include: Positive Life Choices, 30-day use, Attitudes Toward Anti-Social Behavior, Parent/Child Bonding and School Bonding.
Full Circle collaborates with more than a dozen local agencies, government entities, and the Lake County School District to deliver its services. Full Circle serves on the Lake County Build-A-Generation Community Prevention Board, Child Protection Team, Child Evaluation Team, and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition. Primary sources of funding include state prevention agencies and private foundations. Full Circle also receives strong community support through in-kind donations and fundraising events.
Full Circle has a committed and active Board of Directors - Click Here to learn more about them!