Who We Are
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
The Jefferson County Communities That Care Coalition (Jeffco CTC) is engaged in a structured, evidence-based community change process focused on preventing youth substance misuse, interpersonal violence, and hopelessness and anxiety among youth by addressing risk and protective factors. Our vision is that Jefferson County is a thriving, healthy and safe community for our youth. The coalition’s efforts have been primarily focused on youth who live, attend school, or work in Jefferson County Colorado.
Jeffco CTC has completed an extensive data and resource assessment using adolescent health data collected through the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey as well as a variety of other data sources, including qualitative data collected at annual youth town halls. The resource assessment was created by surveying community stakeholders to better understand the gaps and needs in our community. Our coalition takes a unique approach to addressing issues by focusing on the coordination of community efforts to support parents and caregivers of teens, in addition to the teens themselves.
Jeffco CTC’s initiatives include: the Building Diversity and Allyship in Jeffco (BADJ) Initiative; the Youth Internship Program; the Twelve Talks to Have With Teens project; the annual Youth Town Hall; Instagram handles to share youth opportunities and positive social norms; and work on multiple policy change initiatives.
Equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Centering youth voice.
Effective coalition practices as described here.
Use of data to make evidence-informed choices about our work.