Trustable Adults

Invest in Teens

You can make a difference!

Jefferson County youth need adults who they can trust and who will listen to them. Trustable adults help youth thrive.

We are here to help you gather the skills and knowledge through a variety of training opportunities from Jefferson County Public Health and other local organizations.

This is a list of upcoming training opportunities led by partner organizations connected to the Trustable Adults initiative of Jefferson County Communities That Care. Our goal is to offer classes each quarter on youth mental health/suicide prevention, positive youth development and communicating with teenagers.

QPR Suicide Prevention

QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 2-hour educational program designed to teach lay and professional "gatekeepers" the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond.

Saturday, January 18

Hosted by Jeffco PTA

9:30-11:30 am

375 Union Blvd., Lakewood, CO 80228

Click here to learn more and sign up.

Tuesday, January 28th

Jefferson County Schools

6-7:30 PM

Raston Valley High School

Friday, January 31

Hosted by Jeffco Communities That Care and Jefferson County Public Library

1-3 pm

Arvada Library (7525 W. 57th Avenue)

Click here to learn more and sign up.

Saturday, February 8

Hosted by Jeffco PTA

9:30-11 am

375 Union Blvd., Lakewood, CO 80228

Click here to learn more and sign up.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed for adults who regularly interact with young people (ages 12-18). The course introduces the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents and builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention. Please note, you must attend both days to receive your certification

Saturday, January 18 and Saturday, January 25

Hosted by Jefferson Center

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Click here to learn more.

Start the Conversation

Are you concerned that the teen in your life is currently vaping, worried they may start, or simply want more information on the tobacco trend that’s been making headlines recently?

We’re here to support you.

Join us on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Pomona High School for “Start the Conversation: How to talk to young people about vaping.”

This community dialogue is intended for parents/guardians, school staff, coaches, mentors, law enforcement, and anyone who wants to support healthy, happy youth. You’ll gain important insight into the trends, health effects, and culture of youth vape use, as well as the opportunity to practice and develop valuable skills to have conversations with the youth in your life.

Space is limited and a free dinner will be provided, so please register via the link on the front of this flier by Friday, January 24, 2020. This workshop and the skills we'll be building are intended for adult - not youth - participation. Unfortunately, we cannot provide child care at this time.

FREE - Refreshments Provided

Questions? Contact

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Ponoma High School (LMC)

8101 W Pomona

Arvada, CO 80005

RSVP here: Start the Conversation - Pomona

Positive Youth Development

Positive Youth Development (PYD) Training is an approach that helps youth-serving organizations, business owners, educators, city governments, parents and whole communities organize youth support and services so all young people have the opportunity to reach their fullest potentials. PYD serves to increase protective factors, such as healthy youth and adult relationships, and works towards promoting healthy youth behaviors and outcomes while diminishing the likelihood of negative health and social outcomes (risk factors).

This training is for anyone who cares about the young people in your community! Training is free.

This training is being hosted by Jefferson County Communities That Care in support of the Trustable Adults initiative.

Refreshments will be provided.


  • Bing Walker, Jeffco Communities That Care
  • Arra Katona, Jeffco Public Library

Friday, February 28

8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

CSU Extension (15200 W. 6th Ave., Unit C, Golden)

Click here for more information.

Navigating Substance Experimentation in Teens

A two-hour workshop offering information and support for parents or caregivers whose teen is experimenting with alcohol, marijuana, vaping and other substances.

      • Interactive, judgement-free and practical
      • Led by professionals in teen substance use prevention

First Wednesday of Each Month Starting in November 2019

6-8 pm

Jefferson County Public Health in Lakewood

Click here for more information.

Twelve Talks to Have With Teens

Jefferson County data shows that many teens don't have an adult to go to when they need to talk. Be that adult for a teen in your life.

Visit for valuable conversation starters, resources and tips for talking with teens about important topics.

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