Closing the Gap Webinar

Closing the Gap is an interactive lesson designed for youth that facilitates critical thinking about substance use data and the ways in which our perceptions and misperceptions influence teen substance misuse prevention. It is based on the principles of Positive Youth Development and the Montana Institute's Science of the Positive.


May 28, 2020

1:00-2:30pm MT

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Lesson led by:

Jonathan Judge, Director of Youth Engagement, Rise Above Colorado

Jonathan brings significant curriculum design and program management experience to his role leading the outreach efforts for the organization. As director for the International Towne program at Young Americans Center for Financial Education from 2003-2008, Jonathan led curriculum creation as well as overall program management of a middle-school, hands-on education program in global economics. Moving on to become the program manager for the Colorado Meth Project, Jonathan developed and led the organization’s volunteer network, oversaw statewide outreach to schools and youth serving agencies, and led an initiative to design and pilot a nationally utilized Meth prevention curriculum. Jonathan designs, implements, and monitors the organization’s social media activity and leads large-scale community art projects across Colorado. Jonathan is an alumnus of the Peace Corps and holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Nebraska-Wesleyan, a master’s in international studies from University of Denver, and he always returns his grocery carts.


MavaMarie Cooper, Community Partnership Coordinator, Rise Above Colorado

Mava supports Rise Above Colorado’s statewide partner network through local outreach, resource sharing, technical assistance and training. Mava has worked on a variety of public health and prevention topics in Colorado, nationally and internationally. This includes coordinating health promotion and communication efforts at El Paso County Public Health in Colorado Springs and building international partnerships through the University of Michigan’s Office of Global Public Health. She also coordinated a youth mentoring program in Northern Michigan through AmeriCorps and continues to mentor and volunteer with organizations that work with young people. Mava holds two degrees from the University of Michigan, a bachelor’s degree in Global Health and the Environment and a master’s degree in Health Behavior and Education. When she is not at Rise Above Colorado, Mava can be found learning to bake or with her nose in a crossword puzzle.


Metzy S. Morales Jurado, Teen Action Council Member, Rise Above Colorado

Metzy is a sophomore at Westminster High School and an active member of Rise Above Colorado’s Teen Action Council.

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