Our Vision: Jefferson County is a thriving, healthy & safe community for our youth.
Jefferson County Communities That Care is a structured, evidence-based community change process focused on preventing substance misuse, interpersonal violence and hopelessness/anxiety among youth by reducing risk factors and improving protective factors.
- Our coalition’s first Navigating Substance Experimentation in Teens (NSET) Parenting Workshop (see below) will take place on November 6th and will be repeated on the first Wednesday of each month from 6 PM to 8 PM at JCPH. This interactive workshop is for parents and guardians of teens who are using alcohol, marijuana, vape products or tobacco (or may suspect they are).
- The topic for November’s Twelve Talks is Vape & Tobacco. Please post the information, below!
- At the October Board meeting, Amy Dillion and Amy Dyett presented their report on Jeffco Public School’s Health Education & Social Emotional Learning (SES) programs. Their presentation, along with a sign up link to participate in an ad hoc group on the topic, is posted on Jefferson County CTC’s website.
- We will vote on the coalition’s proposed, updated bylaws at the November 21st board meeting. If you are interested in having input into the changes, please take a moment to read them before the meeting.
- 19 students from Wheat Ridge High School, Lakewood High School, Jefferson Jr/Sr High School, and Longview High School have been selected to participate in the 2019-2020 Youth Researcher Internship Program. This year they will be tackling the important topic of interpersonal violence made possible through a Community First Foundation grant.
Be part of the SEL & Health Education Ad Hoc Group
- The group will meet:
- Dec. 11 from 10 AM-11:30 AM
- Jan 15 from 10 AM-11:30 AM
- Feb. 12 from 10 AM-11:30 AM
- Group will bring proposals to coalition
- Meeting dates/times will be selected using a Doodle Poll.
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.