About Community Matters

Community Matters is recognized as an innovative and thought-leading organization committed to improving the social-emotional climate of our nation's schools and communities. Our work has been featured in numerous media outlets, and we have presented to audiences at the local, state, regional and national levels.

Founded in 1996, Community Matters (CM) has evolved from its earliest focus on youth development to become a widely respected consulting, training and presenting organization in the field of bullying prevention and school climate improvement.

What We Provide

We provide programs and services for educational, youth-serving and governmental entities. We equip youth and adults with the knowledge, tools, and support to create safer, high performing and thriving schools and communities:

  • Assessment, planning, coaching and training to help schools and districts implement our Whole School Climate Framework, a cost-effective and sustainable blueprint for educational success that uses school climate as the guiding principle for decision-making.
  • Student-centered programs that build bridges of understanding and harness the power of young people to prevent and stop the bullying and violence they see around them;
  • Trainings and workshops that help parents and/or staff of schools and youth-serving organizations effectively connect and work with youth to achieve success;
  • Regional summits and community forums that engage influential youth and/or adults in learning, relationship building, dialogue, and planning to address and resolve issues of concern to them;
  • Keynote addresses and presentations at local, state, regional and national conferences.

Learn more about Our Approach and our Programs and Services

Organizations Served

During the past two decades, Community Matters has worked with more than 1,700 schools, agencies and organizations across 38 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Guam and Canada. We have served hundreds of elementary, middle and high schools in rural, urban and suburban communities. We have also worked with many youth-serving organizations, including the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, The Search Institute, Youth Crime Watch of America and The National Crime Prevention Council.

Funding Sources

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit CM derives its funding from a variety of public and private sources, including:

  • Corporate partnerships and underwriting
  • Private foundations
  • Government grants
  • Donors and service organizations
  • Fee for services

Contact Us


Phone: 707.823.6159
Fax: 707.823.3373


General inquiries: team@community-matters.org

Programs & Services: outreach@community-matters.org

Media inquiries: media@community-matters.org

Mailing Address:

Community Matters
P.O. Box 14816
Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Home Office:

120 Stony Point Road, Suite 120, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Our Mission: To equip and empower students and adults to create schools and communities that are safe, welcoming and inclusive.


The Community Matters Solution to Safer Schools - Download Here

Demonte Smith - Safe School Ambassador Students at a San Francisco middle school reflect on the impact of the SSA program