Due to youth’s stage in brain development, the perceived norm and excitement of abusing substances, Northern Colorado youth
Define Youth is a strengths-based group mentorship program for young adults (ages 12-18) on the brink of important life decisions regarding substance use. Based on a Positive Youth Development approach, Define Youth uses three main components to help empower each participant to invest in themselves and become the sole determining factor shaping their lives: education, volunteerism, and a culminating reflective project.
Using the evidence-informed curriculum BrainWise and research-informed activities, participants:
Acquire step-by-step critical thinking skills, called the 10 Wise Ways, for healthy decision making, emotional regulation, and meaningful goal setting.
Learn how to apply their inherent strengths and interests to better themselves and their communities.
Determine healthy role models in their lives who can support positive choices.
In small groups, participants complete volunteer activities that emphasize community contribution and application of participant strengths and interests.
Culminating Reflective Project
Each participant completes the Defining Moment Project, which through a medium of his/her choice allows the participant to showcase any realizations made, knowledge attained, or plans for living in wellness.
YOUTH EMPOWERED YOGA & MINDFULNESS
An individual, group or family-based yoga and mindfulness program developed to increase and strengthen healthy coping skills when confronted with stressors, such as academic and peer-pressure, family discourse, or low self-esteem, that contribute to disconnectedness, substance experimentation, and use.
In this program, the Child Approved Yoga Teacher will collaborate with each group of yoga participants to:
Provide avenues for self-expression, strengthen healthy coping mechanisms, and build resilience and self-confidence.
Build strength, focus, and flexibility toward life’s stressors; identifying and working through triggers and impulses that impede success in school, with friends, family, and society.
Increase each member’s sense of community and belongingness within the peer yoga group &/or family system through in and out of class activities.
Increase participant’s understanding of healthy brain development through experiential learning.
Youth Leadership Society
Youth Leadership Society is a program for passionate middle and high school youth seeking to learn how to be a leader and better the local community. Within the ten program sessions, participants will:
Receive leadership training.
Build and practice leadership skills.
Engage in team-building activities with other members.
Discover their leadership identities.
Plan and implement a wellness project to help the community.
Engaging Families Initiative
The TEAM Engaging Families Initiative is a parent and family skills-building program intended to:
Improve parenting skills including building a positive relationship with their youth, setting appropriate limits, and following through on consequences, while showing love and support for their children.
Delay the onset of adolescent substance use by promoting protective factors within families such as adult bonding.
Increase social-emotional skills to promote healthy relationships.
Reduce youth conduct problems in school.
The TEAM Empowered Parenting program utilizes the BrainWise curriculum to create a common language for both parents and their children to use and practice in regards to social emotional learning and resiliency. Further, the program builds in mindfulness techniques, to provide tools for parents to cope with the stresses of life and teach such skills to their children.
Responsible Association of Retailers
Who We Are
Responsible Alcohol Retailers (RAR) is a group of businesses who adhere to a Code of Ethics around the safe sale and service of alcohol. Members are liquor stores, bars, restaurants, and other businesses that provide a service to alcohol retailers that support their efforts. The group first convened in the fall of 2004.
RAR members are united in their commitment to the following goals:
Preventing access to alcohol by minors
Avoiding business practices that promote high-risk drinking
Providing options for patrons to get home safely
Collaborating with community entities to solve challenges faced by alcohol retailers
Providing server responsibility training opportunities for staff
Cultivating a relationship built on trust with Fort Collins and Loveland Police Departments
Informing the community about our commitment to reduce underage drinking
There are two chapters of RAR, one in Fort Collins and one in Loveland. While united in a commitment to the safe sale and service of alcohol, each chapter is designed to address the challenges that are unique to their respective communities. The businesses in each city are also governed by different law enforcement agencies. Membership in the respective chapters helps businesses cultivate relationships with their local agency.
Code of Ethics
The first RAR members convened in response to a recommendation by the Colorado State University Presidential Task Force on Underage Drinking (2004) to draft a Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics represented a public commitment to prevent underage access to alcohol and high risk drinking behavior. The RAR Code of Ethics continues to serve as the group’s guiding principles today.
We diligently check IDs to ensure that we do not sell alcoholic beverages to any person under the legal drinking age (21). Our employees are trained in how to validate the authenticity of IDs.
We encourage designated drivers as well as the use of public transportation and community ride programs for customers who may be at risk of exceeding the legal limits.
We train our employees on how to identify individuals who are inebriated, and we will not sell or serve alcohol to those individuals.
We instruct our employees to contact emergency responders if they suspect individuals are exhibiting signs of alcohol poisoning.
We follow the rules and regulations of the Colorado Department of Revenue-Liquor Enforcement Division, as well as out local liquor licensing authority .
We support state and local law enforcement personnel and practices.
We conduct business in a responsible manner and will not tolerate activities that are offensive to the general senses of the average citizen or to the residents of the surrounding neighborhood.
We advocate the responsible consumption of alcohol in our promotions and drinks specials.
We promote alcohol awareness and education within our establishments.
We are community members, neighbors, taxpayers, parents, and contributors to local charities, and we are proud to conduct business in our community.
TEAM Time is a new monthly information series presented by TEAM Wellness & Prevention. TEAM Time tackles tough issues surrounding substance abuse in our community with subject matter experts in a panel setting. TEAM Time is filmed live in front of an audience and broadcast live using Facebook Live. The subject matter experts will take questions from the audience and from viewers on Facebook.
April 14, 2017 Opioid Crisis in Northern Colorado
May 12, 2017 Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Suicide
June 9, 2017 Cannibis in Colorado- Retail vs. Caregive
July 8, 2017 Safer University Project
Aug. 11, 2017 Performance Enhansing Drugs- What Teens Should Know
Sept. 8, 2017 Underage Alcohol Consumption- Info for Parents
Oct. 13, 2017 Medical Marijuana- A Patient Perspective
Nov. 10, 2017 Substance Abuse and the LGBTQ Community