Rise Above Colorado is a drug misuse prevention organization that measurably impacts teen perceptions and attitudes about the risks of substance misuse to help youth make empowered, healthy choices. Our vision is to empower teens to lead a life free of drug misuse and addiction.
Rise Above Colorado implements prevention strategies targeted for youth aged 12-17 to measurably impact attitudes (e.g. perception of harm, perception of peer use, etc.), knowledge (e.g. appropriate and inappropriate use of Rx drugs, teen brain science, etc.), and skills (e.g. media literacy, health decision-making, refusal skills, etc.). Rise Above achieves these objectives through direct-to-youth communications, peer-to-peer engagement and resource delivery by youth-serving partner organizations.
This position is part of the youth communications and engagement team, reporting to the Director of Youth Engagement. The team develops, implements and manages a comprehensive outreach strategy to engage young people with information, skills and resources that impact youth attitudes and ultimately reduce substance misuse and addiction among 12- 17 year olds. The Youth Communications Coordinator is responsible for understanding, reaching and engaging teens throughout Colorado by developing and implementing a variety of direct contact, promotional and social media strategies that most effectively support teens in their own (positive) development and to “rise above” substance misuse and addiction. The position works closely with the Director of Youth Engagement in developing and maintaining a virtual dialogue “space” for teens that integrates Rise Above Colorado’s (RAC) website and social media platforms, and also serves as the primary coordinator for the RAC Teen Action Council (TAC).