Success Story

Rise Above Colorado Survey Finds Teen Substance Use Stable Despite Increased Access & Curiosity
Rise Above Colorado’s 2016 Youth Survey found Colorado teen substance use of most substances remained stable since the previous survey administered in 2013. The survey results show that most teens are making healthy choices despite increased access and acceptance of substance use.

Rise Above Colorado, with funding from The Colorado Department of Human Services’ Office of Behavioral Health, commissioned HealthCare Research, Inc. to conduct a statewide survey examining 12-17 year olds’ attitudes, behaviors, and risk and protective factors for substance use. HealthCare Research used a 119-question survey to collect data among Colorado teenagers to understand their attitudes and behaviors surrounding substance use, with a specific focus on methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription drugs. The majority of the 2016 findings align with the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey and the 2016 Monitoring the Future study while going into further depth around risk and protective factors for substance use. Survey results are available at the statewide and OBH regional levels. Interested communities may also partner with Rise Above Colorado to administer future surveys in their local communities for comparative data. For more information, see the press release and full data report here:

4th Annual Colorado Youth Summit – #LeadTheChangeCO
For the fourth year in a row, youth and adult partners from Rise Above Colorado, Kaiser Permanente, and Shiloh House, joined together to plan the Colorado Youth Summit that was held in October 2016. Over 100 youth and adults from across the state attended the summit and designed the movement, #LeadTheChangeCO, which launched in January 2017. The movement is driven by a social media campaign, providing weekly challenges, weekly prizes, and building lifelong leaders among youth here in Colorado.

Through #LeadTheChangeCO, Rise Above Colorado aims to promote youth-adult partnerships throughout the state with a focus on leadership skill-building and positive youth development. This movement furthers Rise Above’s mission to prevent teen substance misuse by engaging young people in healthy risk taking, rewarding them for the work they are doing, and partnering with them to do build skills in seeking positive change in our communities. You can learn more about the summit here:, and link up with the movement through social media here:
a. Like our page on Facebook (Lead The Change CO)
b. Follow us on Twitter (@LeadTheChangeCO)
c. Follow us on Instagram (@LeadTheChangeCO)