Jeffco Youth Coalitions

Youth tobacco coalitions in Jefferson County provide youth with the opportunity to look at the inter-connectivity of tobacco with a wide range of social issues and to  explore the causes of tobacco and nicotine youth among their peers. Through learning about the influence of the tobacco and vape industry, youth are empowered to use their voice to resist the industry and create positive change in their communities.

There are four coalitions in Jefferson County:

  • Wheat Ridge High School BE (Breathe Easy) Team
  • Wheat Ridge High School Social Justice Student Senate group
  • Jefferson high School Community Living classes
  • Lakewood High School UpRise group

These coalitions are a part of the larger statewide youth movement, UpRise.

Why join a youth tobacco coalition?

  • Fulfill volunteer or community service requirements.
  • Make a positive difference in schools and communities.
  • Develop leadership skills in areas of interest such as health, social justice, education,
    public policy, and tobacco/substance abuse prevention.
  • Improve public speaking skills.
  • Learn about the civic process and how to advocate for policy change.
  • Build your resume and earn recommendations for scholarships, college applications,
    and/or job opportunities.

How to get involved

    • If you are a student and want to be involved in something that makes a lasting difference in your school and community, contact Allyson Howe at Jefferson County Public Health at 303-239-7169 or
    • Youth can also get involved with the Tobacco-Free Jeffo Alliance. For more information, contact 303-275-7555 or
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