Gunnison County Substance Abuse Prevention Project (GCSAPP)

The purpose of the Gunnison County Substance Abuse Prevention Project (GCSAPP) is to provide comprehensive evidence-based prevention education from birth to age 21, increase awareness about underage drinking and decrease underage access to alcohol so youth can become healthy, stable and productively involved in their communities.

GCSAPP is a community coalition that cares about the health of Gunnison County youth.  Through the work of the coalition, youth are supported and celebrated in making healthy decisions.  The mission of GCSAPP is to utilize evidence-based strategies and community mobilization to reduce substance use by youth in Gunnison County so youth can become healthy, stable, and productively involved in their communities.

Choice Pass

What is the Choice Pass?

The Choice Pass is a program designed with one thing in mind -- engage students in making healthy choices. The Choice Pass is offered annually to enroll students in 6th through 12th grade classes. Once enrolled, students can choose from a menu of options and enjoy discounted ski passes, recreation center passes, and more, throughout the year. All students have to do is make a choice to commit to a healthy lifestyle - substance use free.

There is NO cost to enrolling in the Choice Pass.  And by simply enrolling, students gain access to local business discounts and Choice Pass Community Events.  Once enrolled, students have a selection of opportunities to enjoy a $105 discounted ski pass the Crested Butte Mountain Resort, a $35 year long membership to the Gunnison Recreation Center, discounts at the Nordic Center, the Ice Rink in Gunnison and much more at local Gunnison and Crested Butte businesses.

How Do I Sign Up?

Register now for the 2015-2016 Choice Pass.

Every fall, sign-up events will be held to enroll students. For the Choice Pass program 2015-2016, sign-ups will occur in September 2015 in the evening at the Crested Butte, Gunnison and Lake City schools. The cut-off day for students to enroll in the Choice Pass Program is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving of each year.  In 2015, the last day to sign-up is November 25, 2015. At a sign-up event, students will be asked to complete the Choice Pass Pledge, the Choice Pass waiver, Choice Pass surveys and agree to random drug tests through-out the year. Once this is complete, students' names go on the Choice Pass list, they get a Choice Pass lanyard and/or a Choice Pass sticker. All students are required to get a Choice Pass picture ID card through CBMR for $5 whether they ski or not. The photo ID card helps all businesses identify students as the come to use their Choice Pass perks through-out the year. Students can then visit the participating businesses and get the membership pass they choose! 
 Steps to get your Choice Pass:
1. Complete the online registration information
2. Complete the online surveys
3. Print out and complete the Choice Pass Waiver
4. Print out and complete the Choice Pass Pledge
5. Attend the appropriate sign-up date, take your Choice Pass Waiver and Pledge with you to sign-ups.
6. If you do not have access to a printer, please come by our office (200 E. Virginia) and pick up the forms or be prepared to complete them at sign-ups. 
Sign-up dates, times, and locations:
Gunnison High School: September 14, 2015 from 6-8 at GHS
Gunnison Middle School: September 16, 2015 from 6 to 8 at GMS  
Crested Butte Middle School: September 21, 2015 from 6 to 8 at CBCS
Crested Butte High School: September 22, 2015 from 6 to 8 at CBCS

Lake City School: September 30, 2015 from 4:30 to 6 at the Lake City School
 **If you and your student cannot make a sign-up there will be an alternative sign-up in Gunnison and Crested Butte in September - TBA***

Parent Resources

Parents, GCSAPP has got your back! Research shows again and again how parents cannot be 'trumped.' Your kids do hear you, even if you think they are not listening. Therefore, it is important to continue the conversation and to continue engaging with your kid's life.

Parent Education Nights - Pass the Knowledge!

GCSAPP coordinates Parent Education Nights in collaboration with school counselors to offer parents a time to connect, learn and get heard. We host 'Pass the Knowledge' events at each school site multiple times a year. Stay tuned to your school newsletter to learn when the next 'Pass the Knowledge' event  will be for you and plan to join. If you have any questions prior to these events feel free to contact GCSAPP at anytime by email or by calling (970) 642-7396. 
GCSAPP Parent Guide

GCSAPP has published a Parent Guide and for 2013, it is newly udated, available in English & Spanish.

Grab the GCSAPP Parent Guide in English.

Grab the GCSAPP Parent Guide in Spanish.

Student Involvement

Crested Butte Youth Council

The Crested Butte Youth Council was formed in 2010 and has been a driving force in Crested Butte creating young adult events and changing town culture.  Young adults have power and the CBYC proves it.  This group has created a town Proclamation acknowledging a weekend in April as the "No Impact" weekend, signed by the mayor.  They have put on amazingly fun events like the 'Pie Eating Smackdown', Dodgeball Tournament and several dances attracting young adults from town and out of town. 

Ready to learn more?  Email us now.

Gunnison's C.R.E.W.

Gunnison's C.R.E.W. is a newly formed youth coalition, established in the summer of 2013.  Choices, Reasoning, Engagement, Wisdom -- sums up what this group is about.  Young adults are coming together in Gunnison to create new events and make waves in their town.  New members are always welcome!

Contact the C.R.E.W.

Community Data & Presentations

GCSAPP collects Healthy Kids Colorado Survey information each year.  We then compile this information to better present what is being reported by the students.  We have several presentations and various reports to share.
See the full 2012 Healthy Kids Colorado Report for Gunnison County.