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This project was created by the Jefferson County Communities That Care coalition and is housed within Jefferson County Public HealthThis resource was developed with funding from a Communities That Care grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, a grant from Community First Foundation and a Drug-Free Communities grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The views, policies and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the grant providers.

Twelve Talks to

Have With Teens

Promotion Partner Toolkit

Jefferson County Communities That Care has created tools to help Promotion Partners spread messaging in their community. 

If you have not signed up as a Promotion Partner yet, click here. 

This toolkit contains marketing tools for Jefferson County Communities That Care partners to promote Twelve Talks to Have With Teens. A blurb for use in your organization's newsletters and other short communications, as well as a monthly Facebook post and a monthly Tweet, is included below for each of the talks.

 

Here are some ways you can help promote Twelve Talks to Have With Teens:

THE TWELVE TALKS TO HAVE WITH TEENS

Hopelessness & Coping - September

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Youth need support from their loved ones during the many ups-and-downs of their teen years. You can help them grow and develop strategies for dealing with the changes that come their way. 

Sometimes, just asking your teen how they're feeling can help. Validate their feelings. Help them learn how to care for themselves and cope in healthy ways. 

The best way to show your teen you care? Be there. Have a talk with your teen. Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

Facebook

Teens often feel a lot of pressure, from their school and social life to any issues they may be going through, like bullying, depression, family or relationship issues or substance use. Don't be afraid to ask a teen how they're doing. It can make a big difference. Visit twelvetalks.com.

https://www.twelvetalks.com/hopefulness-coping

Twitter

As adults, we know that #selfcare is important, but sometimes even we forget to do it. Imagine how hard it can be for teens. Talk to the teenager in your life about how they're coping. Learn more at twelvetalks.com. #twelvetalks

Marijuana - October

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Using marijuana during adolescence can result in damage to a teen's rapidly developing brain, and the younger a person starts using a substance like marijuana, the more likely they are to use other harmful substances later in life. In Jefferson County, nearly one third of high school seniors report having used marijuana in the last 30 days. 

Talk to your teen about marijuana. Ask them their perception of it, and have the hard conversations about addiction, coping and risk. 

The best way to show your teen you care? Be there. Have a talk with your teen. Learn more at twelvetalks.com

Facebook

Every time a youth in Jeffco uses marijuana, an adult helped make it possible. Most likely it was purchased by, procured by or taken from someone old enough to buy or grow it. Make your views on marijuana clear -- talk to your teen about the risks and effects. Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

https://www.twelvetalks.com/marijuana

Twitter

Remind your teen that even though it seems super common, most youth in Jefferson County actually don't use marijuana. Have a talk with your teen about marijuana. Learn more at twelvetalks.com. #twelvetalks

Vape & Tobacco - November

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Many teens don't realize that vaping, like traditional tobacco use, can lead to serious health problems. When teens are addicted to nicotine, it can prime the developing brain for cigarette smoking and other addictive behaviors. 

Adults can talk to the teens in their lives about vaping and tobacco by asking honest questions about what teens are experiencing, either through their or their friends' use. 

The best way to show your teen you care? Be there. Have a talk with your teen. Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

Facebook

Youth who use e-cigarettes are four times more likely to use regular cigarettes in the future. In Colorado, one-third of high school students are currently using at least one form of tobacco. Learn more about this and how to talk to your teen about vaping at twelvetalks.com.

https://www.twelvetalks.com/vape-tobacco

Twitter

USB drives? Key fobs? Vapes come in many shapes and sizes, and often look like everyday items. Familiarize yourself with what they look like so you know what to look for. Learn more at twelvetalks.com. #twelvetalks

Sex & Consent - December

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Talking to your teen about sex can be difficult, awkward and intimidating, but it's important. The sex talk is really a series of talks covering the basics, protection from sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, consent and substance use, LGBTQ+ exploration and issues and others. 

If you think "the talk" is awkward, imagine how your teen feels. Embrace it. Leave space for questions, laughter and difficult conversations.

The best way to show your teen you care? Be there. Have a talk with your teen. Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

Facebook

"The talk" is about more than how sex works. Talk to your teen about consent -- explicit, verbal permission to initiate and continue sexual contact that can be revoked at any time. Also, be prepared to talk about what is NOT consent. Learn more at twelvetalks.com

https://www.twelvetalks.com/sex-consent

Twitter

Talk about consent with your teen. Make sure they know that combining sex with alcohol or drugs is not acceptable. Learn more at twelvetalks.com. #twelvetalks

Boundaries - January

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Setting and adjusting boundaries is an ongoing process throughout life for everyone. For teens, it's especially important to have clear boundaries, because adolescence is a time of great change, and youth with clear boundaries are happier and safer. 

Talk to your teen about their current boundaries, whether those are curfews, privileges, etc. Have an open, back-and-forth conversation with them about their wants and needs -- decisions are more likely to stick that way.

The best way to show your teen you care? Be there. Have a talk with your teen. Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

Facebook

Youth with clear boundaries are happier and safer. When parents have clear rules and expectations, including knowing where teens are when they aren't home, youth are less likely to experience depression, misuse substances and are more likely to do well in school. Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

https://www.twelvetalks.com/boundaries

Twitter

Talk to your teenager about boundaries. Ask them for their thoughts and tell them your expectations. Stay calm and be clear on what is and is not negotiable. Visit twelvetalks.com. #twelvetalks

Dating - February

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Dating is a normal part of the teen experience. Since teens are new to romantic relationships, it can be hard for them to understand the difference between a healthy and unhealthy relationship.

Talk to your teen about how they expect to be treated by, as well as how they will treat, partners. Ask them about their friends' relationships.

The best way to show your teen you care? Be there. Have a talk with your teen. Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

Facebook

When you talk to your teen about their relationships, it's important to create safe, non-judgmental spaces for them to share their experiences and make their own decisions. Head to twelvetalks.com.

https://www.twelvetalks.com/dating

Twitter

Talking with your teen about the components of a healthy relationship is important even if they aren't dating right now. Ask them for examples of good relationships! Visit twelvetalks.com. #twelvetalks

Identity - March

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Adolescence is when teens figure out a sense of who they are. They ask key questions, like, "Who am I?" and "How do I fit in?" This exploration of their identity has many influences, like their family, cultural, ethnic, sexual, gender, religious, social and professional identities. 

Ask your teen open-ended questions about themselves, like, "What makes you unique?" Discuss your values and identity with your teen and be open to hearing their ideas, too.

The best way to show your teen you care? Be there. Have a talk with your teen. Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

Facebook

The ways teens express themselves -- like how they dress, wear their hair or makeup or piercings they get -- can be surprising to parents. But keep an open mind and have conversations with your teen. These topics may help you understand them better. Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

https://www.twelvetalks.com/identity

Twitter

Role models can help teens consider the different roles they might be able to play in the future. Ask your teen about their role models, and be a role model for a young person in your life! Learn more at twelvetalks.com. #twelvetalks

Alcohol - April

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Adults often feel that a little alcohol is harmless for teens. However, Jefferson County teens report "drinking to get drunk," which can lead to risks like violence, alcohol poisoning, other drug use and risky sexual behavior.

Talk to your teens about alcohol. Ask them if their peers are drinking and what they think about it. See what their concerns are about alcohol, and tell them what your worries are. 

The best way to show your teen you care? Be there. Have a talk with your teen. Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

Facebook

Despite what some parents -- and teens -- think, alcohol use isn't a rite of passage to adulthood. If anything, it can lead to negative outcomes, like health concerns, risky sexual behavior, other drug use and more. Talk to your teens about alcohol use. Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

https://www.twelvetalks.com/alcohol

Twitter

DYK? Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance among youth. In Jeffco, youth report most drinking occurs in homes with "chill" parents. Talk with your teen about alcohol. Visit twelvetalks.com. #twelvetalks

Mental Health - May

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Mental health is a state of well-being in our thoughts, emotions and behaviors. All of us have good days and bad days, and adults can let the youth in their lives know they are there for them. 

Ask your teen open-ended questions, like, "How can I be there for you?," or "What do you wish I understood about you?" Then listen openly to what they say.

The best way to show your teen you care? Be there. Have a talk with your teen. Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

Facebook

When you talk to your teen about mental health, be open about your own. Talk about your challenges and stressors, then listen to theirs. This can open up a common ground for you both to remember that everyone responds to things differently and talking about your mental health can help when you are struggling. Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

https://www.twelvetalks.com/mental-health

Twitter

Challenges with our mental health can't be willed away. Resist saying, "you'll get over it," or "just get through it," when your teen is brave enough to open up to you. For more tips, visit twelvetalks.com. #twelvetalks

Friends - June

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Teen friendships happen both in person and online, and social media plays an important role. Adults can't regulate their teen's friendships, but they can model positive relationships and talk to youth about healthy social interactions.

Ask your teen about the role social media plays on their friendships. Have conversations about their friends and yours. Be willing to share your advice -- and listen to theirs. 

The best way to show your teen you care? Be there. Have a talk with your teen. Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

Facebook

The #1 place teens learn about relationships? Their families. What youth learn from their parents, siblings and relatives influences how they find and get along with friends. Talk to your teen about what they look for in a friend -- see if it sounds familiar! Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

https://www.twelvetalks.com/friends

Twitter

Research shows that when teens have positive friendships, it lays the groundwork for relationships for the rest of their lives. Ask teens what they think makes a good friend. More at twelvetalks.com. #twelvetalks

Prescription Drugs - July 

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One in eight Jefferson County youth has taken prescription drugs not prescribed to them. Adults can help protect the teens in their life by restricting their access to medications and disposing of unneeded medications. Even if you don't think your teen is at risk, have a conversation with them about prescription drugs. 

The best way to show your teen you care? Be there. Have a talk with your teen. Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

Facebook

What does your teen think about sharing prescription medication? Ask about their experiences at school, as well as their thoughts on issues like the national opioid crisis. Help them see the link between these issues. Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

https://www.twelvetalks.com/prescription-drugs

Twitter

When you talk to your child about prescription drugs, frame it as a danger inherent to the drugs themselves, not something specifically about your teen. Learn more tips at twelvetalks.com. #twelvetalks

Sources of Strength - August

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Throughout our lives, we rely on our strengths to get us through the tough times. Helping youth in our lives identify their sources of strength can help them live healthy, resilient lives and know where to turn when they need support. 

Tell your teen stories about hard times in your life, or a loved one's life, and how you relied on something or someone in your life to get through it. Ask them if they know of any stories like this they can share. 

The best way to show your teen you care? Be there. Have a talk with your teen. Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

Facebook

Many Jeffco schools use the Sources of Strength model to help teens identify  areas they can lean on in hard times. The Sources in this model are: generosity, spirituality, access to medical care, mental health, family support, positive friends, mentorship and healthy activities. Learn more at twelvetalks.com.

https://www.twelvetalks.com/sources-of-strength

Twitter

Do you see your teen developing healthy hobbies and passions, like art, sports or a love for animals? Encourage them! Learn more at twelvetalks.com. #twelvetalks