BADJ Initiative Resources

Welcome to the Building Allyship and Diversity in Jeffco (BADJ) project! 

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Below are national and local resources the Out for Safe Spaces Workgroup has put together to assist LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC youth.  Please note: While the resources included here are reputable, Jeffco CTC has not specifically vetted them. 

BADJ Initiative Resources

Trained counselors are here to support LGBTQIA+ youth 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a confidential, safe and judgement-free place to talk, call The Trevor Project now at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 678678 or chat online

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call or text 988 or chat online. 

Are you a young person of color? Feeling down, stressed, or overwhelmed? Text “STEVE” to 741741 and a live, trained Crisis Counselor will respond. 

Apprentice of Peace Youth Organization (AOPYO) supports students by empowering their leadership through its core programs including mentoring, classes, workshops, and events on the following topics and more: wellness, social responsibility, common sense, mental health, Tai Chi, Zumba, and Spanish. Visit for more information.

The Center on Colfax empowers, enriches, and advances the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community of Colorado with a variety of programs and events for all ages . Rainbow Alley is an affirming environment for LGBTQ youth (ages 10-17) and their allies. Rainbow Alley is a safe, brave space where LGBTQ+ youth (ages 10-17) and their allies find support and acceptance providing events, activities, health services, and life-skill building, all in a warm and welcoming environment. Rainbow Alley is a drug, alcohol, tobacco, and hate-free space. Learn more at 

Colorado has a large number of rape crisis centers throughout the state that can be of help to you. These centers provide free, confidential referrals and services for sexual assault victims, survivors, and their close family and friends. Find your local center. 

Confidential Talk Line: Text “TALK” to 38255 or call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) to be connected to a mental health professional at Colorado Crisis Services to talk over anxiety, suicidal thoughts, substance misuse or other issues. 

What you say to someone with depression can change everything. Find our more about mental health and how to help others. Visit or text “WORDS” to 741-741.

The Human Rights Campaign has compiled some resources that LGBTQ youth and their parents/guardians can access online or by phone. 

The Initiative advocates for persons with disabilities who have experienced abuse. The Initiative provides comprehensive, creative, and collaborative services in order to address clients’ complex goals and objectives. These services primarily fall within 4 categories: safety, self-sufficiency, criminal justice support, and recovery and healing. Further, these services are rooted in accessible, culturally-responsive, and trauma-informed (ACRTI) approaches to advocacy. 

All services are mobile and dynamic, and all services are available to monolingual Spanish speakers and victims in rural areas. Additionally, office culture, language usage, and care values and beliefs at The Initiative are LGBTQ+ inclusive. Click here for more information. 

Substance use: How do I know when I need help? Call 303-425-0300 or visit Jefferson Center’s website. 

To talk with someone about sexual assault or relationship violence: Call 1-800-656-HOPE or visit

Get confidential and no-cost individual therapy sessions led by licensed therapists at Resilience1220. Our sessions address stress, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention, helping youth build resilience and well-being through understanding challenges and perception. Visit for more information.

Anonymously report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family, or your community. They take your reports any time, any day. Learn more at

Holistic mental health services for members of Colorado’s transgender and gender expansive community. Visit for more information on support groups, youth therapy groups and more. 

Do you need a safe place to eat a hot meal and store your belongings? Are you looking for a secure shelter nearby? Do you need someone to talk to or meet with? Urban Peak provides a full range of programs and services that help youth experiencing homelessness in the Denver Metro area and put them on a path toward self-sufficiency. Visit for more information. 

If you are being abused, or know someone who is, check out Violence Free Colorado’s resource page to find a domestic violence program near you.