Help Denver LGBTQ+ Youth Make Healthy Choices
We all have a role in supporting the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ youth in Denver. We invite you to join key leaders, community partners and allies in our city to develop a long-term plan to support our LGBTQ+ youth.
The LGBTQ+ Denver community is 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 LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ youth in our city.
Does it make a real difference?
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
Have better mental health in their 20s
Have fewer sexually transmitted diseases
What can we do?
Join us! This project cannot be successful without the help of dedicated people in our city. We need parents, youth, community organizations, school staff, and business owners to contribute. We are looking for all allies and persons who identify with the LGBTQ+ community, 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.