Substance Use Prevention

Broomfield works to prevent substance use among youth through the Broomfield Communities That Care initiative. 

Take a look at Broomfield’s Substance Misuse Data Review to learn more about tobacco, marijuana, opioids, and alcohol. 

To access a service provider for prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance use, please visit the Colorado Department of Human Services of Behavioral Health.

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Congratulations to the Broomfield Communities That Care Coalition (BCTC) on being awarded five additional years of funding from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment!

Broomfield Communities That Care Coalition

Communities that Care (CTC) is an evidence-based process that helps prevent problems before they start. CTC aims to address the underlying causes of youth health and behavioral problems (shared risk and protective factors). Broomfield’s CTC Coalition is comprised of over 50 community members, leaders, and youth focused on the prevention of youth substance use. The coalition works together to identify priorities and implement substance use prevention strategies for youth. 

Vision Statement

Broomfield is a place where I belong; a community where all youth feel supported and connected to their peers, family, school, and neighborhood to foster resiliency.


CTC Process
The CTC process guides the coalition through the process of matching risk factors evident in community data with proven methods for addressing those risks. CTC has identified these key protective and risk factors for youth substance misuse in Broomfield. By increasing protective factors and decreasing risk factors, we will see an impact on youth substance use and other health outcomes. 

 Protective Factors Risk Factors
  • School Opportunities for Prosocial Involvement
  • Community Opportunities for Prosocial Involvement 
  • Favorable Attitudes toward Substance Use
  • Early and Persistent Antisocial Behavior

Strategies Selection
From the CTC Coalition process, the following strategies will be implemented:
  1. Build Public Support for Increased Funding and Access to High Quality School Extracurricular Activities and  Community Opportunities for Youth
  2. Build Public Support for Evidence-Based Social Emotional Learning in Schools
  3. Promote Positive Youth Development in Broomfield 

Join

Submit an online inquiry to join the coalition. 

Youth for Youth Advisory Group

Broomfield Youth for Youth (Y4Y) was established in 2018 and is comprised of local middle school and high school-aged youth. Y4Y collaborates with CTC by providing a youth voice for the coalition. The group is focused on three areas to help teens lead healthy lives:
  1. Youth substance use prevention
  2. Improved well-being 
  3. Forming positive relationships  
Follow on Instagram #broomfieldy4y, and listen to their new podcast "Sincerely, Teens" wherever you listen to podcasts (Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Youtube). If you are interested in learning more, please email youth4youthinfo@gmail.com.

Y4Y developed a great mental health support & resource guide for teens during COVID-19. See here.
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Y4Y Photovoice Project, Summer 2021

This past summer, 4Y focused on a Photovoice Project about  “community connection”. Fifteen Y4Y advisers were given the prompt: “What things help or prevent you from being connected in your community?” and were then asked to record and reflect on this question through photography and critical dialogue with the group.  The advisers met with community members and stakeholders in the community to share their key takeaways and come up with next steps to help break down barriers to youth accessing prosocial opportunities and connection in the community. 

Key Takeaways from the Photovoice Project Include:

  • All youth deserve a place where they feel welcome and safe
  • Safety and lighting in youth community spaces is critical
  • Design spaces for youth where they feel that they belong, are safe, and where the community accepts and welcomes them
  • Youth need to be trusted and given a voice
  • Create high school aged youth spaces and opportunities where youth can hang out
  • Provide free and/or discounted pricing for youth activities Physical space is important for creating community connection
  • Create  more trails/open spaces where there aren’t any and continue to maintain current spaces
  • Find ways to promote and encourage youth to use community spaces and places (ex. library, trails)
  • Create ways to advertise opportunities that are accessible and tailored to reaching teens
  • Include youth in all steps of planning and decision making when it comes to creating youth opportunities

What is Photovoice?

Photovoice is a participatory action research methodology which allows people to record and reflect their community strengths and concerns, promote conversation and knowledge about important issues through large and small group discussions of photographs, and reach policy makers and encourage the adoption of health promoting policies.

Y4Y Sources of Strength Community Resiliency Project, Summer 2020

This summer, Y4Y focused on a youth and community priority, “connectivity and resiliency”, which is particularly important during the current state of quarantine due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Sources of Strength (Sources), a comprehensive wellness and resiliency-building program, served as the guide in creating an empowered community, where young people and adults learned to develop and/or recognize their support systems and lean into their strengths, to raise the level of wellness in our homes and community. Sources is designed to harness the power of peer and community networks to change unhealthy norms and cultures, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse. Y4Y advisers were trained as Peer Leaders in Sources and are partnering with Broomfield Community Members in an effort to support the emotional health and wellness of our community. For more information, email youth4youthinfo@gmail.com.

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Positive Youth Development

Positive Youth Development (PYD) increases youth engagement through programs, policies, and practices. Learn more by visiting the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's PYD site.

For more information about upcoming PYD training opportunities, email publichealth@broomfield.org. Check out the Positive Youth Development Toolbox for examples on how to incorporate PYD in your program practices and policies. If you are interested in attending or hosting a PYD workshop, please contact Jennifer Mackender, jmackender@broomfield.org.

Videos
Purpose of the Teenage Brain  |  Power of the Adolescent Brain  |  Harvard Graduate Student Speech


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Resources 


  Tobacco Free CO  
Tobacco Free CO
Whether you are ready to quit tobacco, quitting again, just thinking about quitting, or trying to help someone else quit – you are in the right place. You can also check out the latest resources on vaping.

   
Responsibility Grows Here Responsibility Grows Here
Encourage young Coloradans to stay away from marijuana and educate adults who choose to use marijuana to do so legally and responsibly.
   
 
Rise Above Colorado Rise Above Colorado
Empowering youth to a life free of drug abuse.
   
Medicine Disposal
Broomfield's Medication Disposal Drop-Box
Dispose of unused medications—prescription and over-the-counter—safely year-round!
   
Take Meds Seriously
Take Meds Seriously
Prescription drug safety starts with you. 

   
 Below the Surface - back to normal resize Below the Surface
Aims to connect teens to Colorado Crisis Services by texting "TALK" to 38255
   
Lets Talk Let's Talk Colorado
All Coloradans benefit when we learn to discuss our mental health, and those of us who need treatment are more likely to seek it when we all agree that mental health is everyone's responsibility.
   


Forward Together
Forward Together is an innovative program by the state of Colorado to help parents and teens become more connected.