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.

Coalition Updates

Past coalition updates

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.

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.


Pamela Gould pgould@jeffco.us 303.275.7526