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

  • Have you taken the CTC Orientation?

    • One reason our coalition remains strong is because we invite all new participants to get “caught up” so they can fully contribute sooner.

    • If you haven’t already attended an orientation/Intro to Jeffco CTC, please attend on March 11 from 4-5:30 PM.

  • Do you have Youth Opportunities we can help promote to our hundreds of youth followers? We’re using our @jeffco_ctc Instagram account to promote great paid and unpaid youth opportunities in the community. See current opportunities here and tell us about your organization’s youth opportunities by simply emailing them to any CTC team member (or replying to this email).

  • Is the 2021 Jeffco CTC Annual Youth Voices Event on Thursday, April 22, 2021, 4:00 – 6:00 pm on your calendar? The 2021 (virtual) youth town hall is on Thursday, February 25th and we have over 150 youth registered. Please plan to attend the Jeffco CTC Annual Youth Voices Event on Thursday, April 22, 2021, 4:00 – 6:00 pm to learn about findings from the town hall— and what youth recommend we do to improve protective factors and reduce risk factors in our community.

  • Will you be at our next board meeting on Thursday February 25 - 8-9:30 am? At the meeting, our youth leaders will provide updates on several projects, then the Executive Committee will be seeking your input regarding improving diversity, equity and inclusion in our coalition and in our CTC work. Please see the agenda here. If you need the Zoom link, please email Emily.

  • And last, have you posted the February talk for Twelve Talks to Have With Teens about Dating on Facebook or other social media? Here is a suggested post: Do teens even use the word “dating”? You would need to ask each teen! Regardless of what it might be called, make sure you talk to your teen about creating healthy and safe relationships, whether or not they are involved with a significant other. Here is a sample question you might ask: What kinds of things would you consider to be crossing the line for a boyfriend or girlfriend?

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.

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 lots of ways to get involved. Find out more. Email jcphctc@jeffco.us.

Twelve Talks to Have With Teens

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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.