Community Alliance for Teen Safety (CATS) was founded in 1996 after 9 teenagers lost their lives in car crashes within a short span of time in Derry, NH. Community members started a grassroots effort to determine the cause of these tragedies. CATS was formed as a result of this effort. Inexperience and lack of seat belt use was determined to be the cause of these teen deaths. CATS continues to be a force in the community that addresses high-risk behaviors.
CATS operates by securing grants and donations. The organization has received state, municipal, foundation, and federal grants to support its programs as well as private donations. It is a non-profit corporation recognized under Section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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