Wednesday, June 29, 2022 Pueblo, CO – Communities That Care (CTC), a collaborative program through the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment along with community partners and youth, has opened applications for Youth Adviser positions to individuals ages 13-20 through August 1, 2022.

“It is important to have youth voices present to influence decision making that affect youth. CTC relies on input from community members, including youth on a variety of topics and issues,” said Sarah Martinez, health promotion specialist at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. “Youth Advisers share their experiences, and those experiences guide projects and initiatives of the CTC community coalition.”

CTC works to prevent youth substance use in Pueblo County. As a Youth Adviser, duties include:

  • Work as a team with youth and adults on various projects to improve the community
  • Attend meetings once per month and other training/meetings as available
  • Provide authentic insight and guidance on what growing up in Pueblo is like

Requirements to become a Youth Adviser are:

  • Be between the ages of 13 and 20 years old
  • Experience living or working in the Pueblo community
  • Willingness to give presentations and speak publicly

Communities that Care includes both adult and teen participation that work together to improve systems and issues identified in Pueblo County. Here is what three of CTC’s Youth Advisers had to say of their experience:

Jacelynn Trujillo, CTC Youth Adviser said, “We impact the community in multiple different ways”. Trujillo added, “The laughter and joy that we bring back in Pueblo – it makes Pueblo a better place, and a better place to be.”

 “CTC provides opportunities for teens to recognize problems within the community and make their own solutions with the help of great team members,” said Bella Polito, CTC youth adviser.

Joseph Castro, CTC Youth Adviser explained “Our group is diverse, comprised of youth and adults to speak our message so you get information from a teen’s perspective and an adult’s perspective.

Other benefits of being a Youth Adviser are receiving community service hours, professional development opportunities, monetary compensation, networking with community leaders and peers, and the ability to make a positive difference in Pueblo. For more information, or to apply visit  https://bit.ly/3yhf2Ji.

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