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.

New! 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!

Coalition Updates

  • Do you know any Jeffco high schoolers looking for a (paid!) virtual internship? Please text them a link to this page. Applications for 3-person teams are being accepted NOW through Mon. 11/2! We are seeking teams of high school students from high schools across Jeffco and giving priority to those with members who hail from different schools. Following interviews on Thur. 11/19, the Youth Interns will meet twice a month from Dec. through April. Find out more here.

  • Our coalition is applying for CDPHE’s Shared Risk and Protective Factor Approach to Substance Misuse Prevention Grant (aka the CTC grant) for another 5 years of funding. Our dedicated Funding Workgroup is meeting on Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 AM, from now until Thanksgiving. We welcome (and need!) your help – please contact Pamela Gould (pgould@jeffco.us) for more details.

  • Celebrating a change in CTC Key Leaders – the Jeffco Connections (formerly CYLC) Board voted last week to officially serve as the CTC Key Leaders group. Jefferson County CTC is a long-standing subcommittee of Jeffco Connections. This change means that, rather than asking the same folks to come to two different meetings, they will simply extend their regular Jeffco Connections meeting twice per year.

  • Save a Life Fentanyl Overdose Prevention Kits are being distributed a second time to young adults in our community on Friday, October 23rd from 3-4 PM in partnership with our sibling coalition, the Jefferson County Substance Use Partnership coalition. If you know a young adult (age 18 +) who knows people who take pills, opioids, or other drugs could you please ask them to pick up a kit and/or spread the word on social media? They can pick up a kit with information and 50 free fentanyl test strips to pass out to friends by just stopping by O’Kane Park in Lakewood (Nederland street parking lot) on Friday afternoon, the 23rd, between 3 and 4 PM. This will be anonymous and judgement free.

  • Take part in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Drug Take-Back Day on Sat. Oct. 24th from 10am to 2pm. CTC adult and Youth Leader staff will be there assisting the sheriff’s department. Please bring any expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction.

  • Please post the October talk for Twelve Talks to Have With Teens about Marijuana on Facebook or other social media! Here is a suggested post: Using marijuana during adolescence can result in damage to a teen's rapidly developing brain, and the younger a person starts using a substance like marijuana, the more likely they are to use other harmful substances later in life. In Jefferson County, nearly one third of high school seniors report having used marijuana in the last 30 days. Ready to talk to your teen? Find data and resources here: https://www.twelvetalks.com/marijuana

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

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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.