May 11, 2021 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 for individuals ages 13-24 through May 21, 2021.

“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. As a Youth Advisor, duties include:

  • Help engage other youth and peers to get involved in CTC
  • Attend meetings once per month
  • Engage with community members and organizations to facilitate community activities
  • Help plan and attend community presentations or events

Requirements to become a Youth Adviser are:

  • Be between the ages of 13 and 24 years old
  • Experience living or working in the Pueblo community
  • Willingness to give presentations and speak publicly
  • Experience with social media preferred

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:

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

“It excites me to be part of CTC because it brings everyone together in a way I’ve never seen Pueblo come together before,” stated Daniel Jaramillo, CTC Youth Adviser. “It’s not just about one person or another, it brings the community of Pueblo together.”

“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.

“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,” explained Joseph Castro, CTC Youth Adviser.

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/2Q7sD2i.

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How CTC Works

https://county.pueblo.org/public-health/communities-care