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

November & December 2021

The holiday season is upon us, which is a great time to reflect and give thanks, which is the theme of our updates for this month.

Thanks to each of you for supporting our teens:

  • Jeffco Teens internships: A special shout out to the amazing community partners working with our teens this year: Taryn Fuchs & Kylee Wellons from The Conflict Center; Maggi Crabb from District 1 (Jeffco & Gilpin) DA’s Office; Stephen Clyde & Beth June from the City of Wheat Ridge; Kristi Marosy & Becky Richmond from the City of Golden; Diana Solenberger from Jeffco 4H; Nicolette Schoenfeldt & Billy Coo from City of Lakewood; Tori Sandoval, Arra Katona, Nick Taylor & Padma Polepeddi from Jefferson County Public Library; Mandi Leigh from the Golden Anti-Racism Collective; Jamie Grimm & Jamie Brenner from Jeffco Schools; Joel Newton from Edgewater Collective and Margie Grimsley from the Colorado Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Thank you for your work with our teens!

  • Twelve Talks to Have With Teens—thanks for providing this information to parents in our community!

    • Please share our Twelve Talks to Have With Teens November Post-- Talk with Teens about Vaping. Vaping is a problem across the country and continues to be prevalent here in Colorado. The good news is that the 2019 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) shows that the majority of Jeffco youth realize that vaping is harmful, and over half of youth who vape report wanting to quit. Even if you don’t think your teen is vaping, the conversation is important. Try asking: Why do you think people your age vape? www.twelvetalks.com/vape-tobacco .

    • In December, please share our Twelve Talks to Have With Teens December Post-- Talk with Teens about Sex & Consent Jefferson County teens report that while adults discuss the physical aspects of sex with them, adults aren’t providing needed guidance to teens about creating healthy relationships, sexual consent, use of alcohol as a “date rape” drug, sending nude photos and making sexual comments about others. It’s not always an easy conversation, but it’s important. Try asking open ended questions, like: What exactly does consent mean? What kinds of sex-related stuff do people talk about at school? www.twelvetalks.com/sex-consent

    • In January, we will resume our workshops for parents, taught by Jeffco Schools staff each month, in both English and Spanish. Find our more here: www.twelvetalks.com/workshops

  • Thanks for helping with our grant application: Our Trustable Adults workgroup is nearing completion of our grant application for the Health Disparities and Community Grant Program RFA# 35913, a 15 month grant which, if received, would fund our Building Allyship and Diversity in Jeffco/ Out for Safe Spaces Program. Special thanks to Sam Taylor, Beth Yohe and Arra Katona for your great editing work on the grant.

Thanks for being a part of our amazing coalition:

  • Our November/ December Jeffco CTC Community Board meeting is on Thursday, November 2 from 8 9:30 AM to discuss items listed below:

    • Appointing Sector Reps from among active coalition members

    • Updates regarding our Building Allyship & Diversity in Jeffco project (formerly called Out for Safe Spaces)

    • Twelve Talks promotion partners

    • If we would like to pursue a murals project in our community in 2022

  • Posters (see below)! We are able to provide printed materials for you to display at your school, rec center, library or other facility. Please order printed materials using this form no later than December 2nd.

  • Send us your youth opportunities! Remember, keep sending us your youth opportunities so we can post them on www.Jeffcoteens.org!

  • CADCA conference: Interested in attending a great conference on substance misuse issues? We are hoping to take a Jeffco CTC group to the CADCA leadership forum. If you want to find out more about attending, and have not done so already, please let us know by completing the form here by next Monday, Nov. 22, 2022 at noon.

Sharing resources: Twelve Talks to Have With Teens.mp4

Upcoming Meetings

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

    • December 2nd:

      1. Appointing Sector Reps from among active coalition members

      2. Updates regarding our Building Allyship & Diversity in Jeffco project (formerly called Out for Safe Spaces)

      3. Twelve Talks promotion partners

      4. If we would like to pursue a murals project in our community in 2022

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

    • Twelve Talks to Have With Teens: Completing site revisions and reviewing data from summer youth input event-- 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 Building Allyship and Diversity in Jeffco/ 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: The Trustable Adults workgroup is currently working towards an Building Allyship and Diversity in Jeffco/ Out for Safe Spaces program (see above)

    • 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.