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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.