Most Jeffco Teens Don't Use Substances!

According to the 2021 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, most teens in Jefferson County are making healthy choices!

The data above uses Social Norming

What is that?

"Social Norming is built on the concept that most students engage in and want to engage in positive, healthy behaviors, but they believe their peers engage in negative, unhealthy behaviors. As a result, many students do things they personally believe are wrong in order to gain acceptance by their peers. Social Norming works by using “positive peer pressure” to educate students about what positive, healthy behaviors are truly acceptable by their peers."

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Where did this data come from?

From Jefferson County High School students surveyed in the 2021 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey.

What is the 2021 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey?

The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) is the state's only comprehensive survey on the health and well-being of young people. The purpose of this survey is to better understand youth health and the factors that help young people make healthy choices.

HKCS is widely used by schools, districts and communities in their efforts to grow the healthiest youth in the country. The results of this survey can help:

  • Inform the creation of programming to support student academic success.

  • Provide direction for schools and communities to address health issues.

  • Inform parents on relevant topics to help them talk to their children about their health and well-being.

  • Secure youth health program funding for schools, community organizations, and local and state government agencies.