GCSAPP uses research and evidence based strategies to guide our work in the community. The Colorado Healthy Kids Survey, in addition to student focus groups, helps inform GCSAPP about the unique challenges our students face. By knowing the risk and protective factors unique to our population means we can better support our youth and the struggles they face.
A great example of this, is the Crested Butte Youth Council's positive messaging campaign on coffee sleeves. Students were asked to identify tow problems in their community they wanted to address. The two they chose were access to mental health and cigarette use. Students then decided how to convey their messages, and they came up with coffee sleeves that they designed. Once the sleeves were ready, the CBYC donated the them to local coffee shops in both ends of the valley to spread awareness.