Help Southwest Denver Youth Make Healthy Choices

We all have a role in supporting the health and well-being of youth in our communities. We invite you to join neighbors, key leaders, and community organizations in Southwest Denver to develop a long-term plan to support our youth.

Neighborhoods in Southwest Denver are participating in a process called Communities that Care (CTC). CTC is an evidence-based process that uses community collaboration to address the health concerns affecting youth. This process helps communities prevent problems before they develop. Working together, we can help our youth thrive.

How does it work?

CTC guides communities through a proven five-step process that promotes healthy development. CTC applies strategies that increase resilience so youth are less likely to engage in risky behavior. These strategies focus on helping youth create a stronger sense of connectedness to their families, community and society. With the support of a dedicated CTC facilitator, this process empowers community members to take ownership for the long term health, safety, and wellbeing of youth in our communities.

 

“A happy and healthy community is not a fairytale. All you need is a seed.”

— NADIA Shabazz, FOUNDER

Yes! Many CTC communities see dramatic reductions in levels of youth alcohol and tobacco use, crime, and violence. Participating communities have found that more of their youth:

  • Are less likely to start smoking and drinking
  • Graduate from high school on time
  • Do better economically
  • Have better mental health in their 20s
  • Have fewer sexually transmitted diseases
  • Have fewer teen pregnancies

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Does it make a real difference? 

What can we do?

Join us! This project cannot be successful without the help of our community. We need parents, youth, community organizations, school staff, and business owners to contribute. We are looking for people from Southwest Denver who know the neighborhoods and have a commitment to supporting healthy youth development.

We welcome your ideas and concerns and invite you to:

  • Attend an orientation
  • Attend regular meetings (minimal time required monthly)
  • Share your ideas and listen to the ideas of other board members
  • Participate in a work group

No experience is necessary. Meetings will include workshops about prevention and a trained facilitator will guide the group through the CTC process.

Email YSAP@dhha.org or call 303-602-5749 for more information.

 

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