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.

Coalition Updates


September 2021

  • Our next Jeffco CTC Community Board meeting is on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 8-9:30 AM. At that meeting, we will vote to elect workgroup chairs and Executive Committee at large members. Additionally, we will vote regarding increasing the number of executive committee members (currently 10) and the potential provision of stipends for those serving on the Exec Committee who aren’t paid through their employer. The draft agenda is here.

  • Jeffco CTC is hosting a virtual Youth Internship Info Session in English & Spanish on Thursday, Sept. 16 from 4 to 5:30 PM. Please spread the word to youth ages 14-20 interested in paid part-time internships-- and ask them to go to www.jeffcoteens.org to register for the info session and/or apply for an internship. Internship applications will be open September 9 – 30th.


  • The Suicide Prevention Summit 2021 will be virtual this year and takes place immediately following our October board meeting, which will be shortened to accommodate the summit. Please register for the summit here.

  • Congratulations to our Jeffco CTC winners!

    • The Florence Sabin Award was established in 1947, and the award is given for achievement in the public health field, in recognition of the outstanding leadership of Dr. Florence Sabin in the promotion of better public health in Colorado. The Sabin Award is given to an individual who does not work directly in Public Health. This year, the winner was Mel Maendel, our very own Communities That Care Youth Leader.

    • Our first social norming photo contest is completed. See the winning photos, below! If you want to display the poster in a spot visible to youth—it’s attached and shown in this email. Print full color on 17 by 11 inch paper. Look on www.jeffcoteens.org for our photo contest—we are going to be looking for creative photos from our teens of the number “70%.”

  • Please share our Twelve Talks to Have With Teens September Post-- Talk to your teen about Hopefulness & Coping: The teen years are a time of rapid social, emotional and physical change. You can support the teen you love by talking to them about strategies for dealing with the ups and downs, as well as talking to them about their hopes for next week, next year and even years from now. An open-ended question to try: What are you most looking forward to this school year? Find out more, and download a healthy coping worksheet, at www.twelvetalks.com/hopefulness-coping.


Past coalition updates

Upcoming Meetings

  • CTC board meetings take place on the 4th Thursday of the month from 8-9:30 AM; upcoming topics include:

    • September 23: Workgroup report outs and voting for workgroup chair elections.

  • Workgroup meetings are were the magic happens. Let Debby know if you would like to join a workgroup.

    • Twelve Talks to Have With Teens: Completing the site revisions & marketing through social media channels-- 3rd Thursdays from 2-3:30 PM

    • Social Emotional Learning & Health Education Policy: Working with Jeffco Schools to update policy and exploring ways to fill identified public health curriculum gaps-- 3rd Thursday from 10-11:30 AM

    • Risk & Protective Factor Data: Administration of surveys and analysis of data (more fun than it sounds)-- meeting quarterly, contact us for next meeting

    • Trustable Adults: Working towards an Out for Safe Spaces program & supporting/volunteering with our youth leadership program -- 2nd Tuesday from 4-5:30 PM

    • Policy & Substance Availability & Youth Engagement: Partnering with youth for policy change & CAT program implementation-- 4th Tuesday from 8:30-10 AM

    • LGBTQIA+ support: TBD

    • Executive: Board meeting agendas & administration-- 3rd Tuesday from 9:30-10:30 AM

Note: meeting minutes from all 2021 meetings are linked at the bottom of all meeting agendas!

About us

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

Want to be part of our coalition's work or see how your organization can participate?

We have many ways to get involved!

Watch the Jeffco CTC "Collaborative Strategies Video Series 2021" below, and email jcphctc@jeffco.us to find out more.