Our Vision is a thriving, healthy & safe community for our youth.

Jefferson County Communities That Care is a coalition comprised of more than 100 stakeholders, community members, key leaders and youth. We use a structured, evidence-based community change process focused on preventing substance misuse, sexual/relationship violence and hopelessness/anxiety among youth in our community by reducing risk factors and improving protective factors.

Myria's Video

Thanks to everyone who was interviewed for this video project and to Myria for your amazing videography (and doing interviews remotely during a pandemic), editing and narration.

This video was originally created for our coalition's submission to the CDPHE Shared Risk and Protective Factor Approach to Substance Misuse Prevention Funding opportunity. However, it turned out so well that we plan to use it as a standard part of our new member orientation!

Learn more about our coalition

One pager - front and back - January 2021.pdf

Local Policy Makers Forum


A forum to talk about who makes policy and how policy is made. We will have a short Jefferson County Policy 101 presentation, followed by a panel discussion. The discussion is for our Youth Research Interns and our CTC coalition members.

This is *not* a public event, but you can invite a guest or two, as long as they register in advance. We will cap participation at 70 audience members.

When and Where?

Zoom, of course! A link will be sent out to registered attendees. The panel will be held on Thursday, Jan. 14 from 4 to 5:30 PM.

How can I find out more & register?

Coalition Updates

  • We would like your ideas for FREE local youth opportunities we can promote to youth in our community that follow the Social Development Model (include opportunities, skill, recognition and connection to others). Please submit your ideas here.

  • At the Thursday, December 17th Community Board Meeting:

      • We will vote on updates to our bylaws. See the proposed updates here.

      • We will vote on recommendations from the coalition to Jeffco Schools regarding health education policies. See a draft of the proposed letter here.

      • As always, we’ll hear updates from our workgroups and our youth about their various projects.

      • Finally, as a way to close out our 2020 CTC work, we will have a special 30-minute yoga class from PranaTonic Yoga for the last portion of the meeting.

  • Please post the December talk for Twelve Talks to Have With Teens about Dating on Facebook or other social media! Here is a suggested post:

  • Talking to your teen about sex can be difficult, awkward and intimidating, but it's important. The "sex talk" is actually a series of talks covering the basics, protection from sexually transmitted infections, preventing pregnancy, consent, healthy boundaries, LGBTQ+ issues... to name a few. Ready to talk to your teen? Find conversation starters, data and resources here: https://www.twelvetalks.com/sex-consent

  1. On January 14th, we are hosting a Local Policy Makers Forum from 4 to 5:30 PM

    • This event is not a public event—it’s for our CTC members and CTC Youth Interns to learn about how we can influence local policies related to alcohol, marijuana, medicine misuse, interpersonal violence and mental health.

    • Find out more and register here (note: registration will open on Wednesday, Dec. 16th.)

  2. All the other projects are still underway, and you can find out more here.

  • We now have 39 Jeffco CTC Youth Research interns, in addition to our 4 youth staff members. They are working on a (virtual) town hall and policy-related projects.

  • We have updated our logic models. See the new draft versions here.

Past coalition updates

About us

Find out more about the exciting work Jeffco CTC is doing to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors among youth in Jefferson County by watching these youth created videos.

Want to be part of our coalition's work or see how your organization can participate? We have lots of ways to get involved. Find out more. Email jcphctc@jeffco.us.

Twelve Talks to Have With Teens

We are sending out monthly emails to our 160+ Twelve Talks subscribers.

If you haven't subscribed, you should! Meanwhile, see a sample email here.

For the past 2 years, Jefferson County Communities That Care has held focus groups and town halls with about 150 diverse youth from Jefferson County, Colorado, to find out what was behind youth substance misuse, violence, hopelessness and anxiety. What we found out was simple, and yet also profound.

Our youth need more support, information, and conversations from trusted adults in their lives, especially parents and guardians.

Obviously, Twelve Talks to Have With Teens does not encompass every topic trusted adults need to discuss with youth. However, an extensive data collection project completed by Jefferson County Communities That Care in 2017 and 2018 indicates that these particular conversation topics are talks that:

  • Teens wish more adults would talk to them about; and,

  • Adults in Jefferson County could use tools to start the conversation and information to answer questions accurately.