As a positive youth development program, C.A.T.S. was created in partnership with youth. When youth are partners with adults in making decisions, the likelihood that the decisions will be accepted and become part of their every day lives increases. Youth are more likely to be effective at engaging peers and have greater impact. The empowered youth in C.A.T.S. identify and respond to peer needs which helps them become empathetic and future focused.

As youth led peer educators, teens volunteer their time and talent in the program delivering positive strategies for success in avoiding risk behaviors and establishing healthy relationships.
Because of leadership opportunities, schools cooperatively release students from school as part of their community service programs.