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 discounted ski passes, gym memberships, and much more!

How Do I Sign Up?

Every fall, Sign Up Events will be held to enroll students. The cut-off for students to enroll in the Choice Pass Program is December 15th of each year. At a Sign Up Event, students will be asked to complete the Choice Pass Pledge, necessary waivers, and take an initial drug screen. Once this is complete, students' names go on the Choice Pass list, they get their lanyard, Choice Pass sticker and placard. Students can then visit the participating businesses and get the membership pass they choose!

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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

GCSAPP coordinates Parent Education Nights in collaboration with school counselors to offer parents a time to connect, learn and get heard. We run Parent Nights at each school site once a year. Stay tuned to your school newsletter to learn when the next Parent Night 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.

Parent Education Night for Crested Butte Parents is October 23rd from 6:00pm - 8:30pm at the Mountaineer Square Ballroom in Mt. Crested Butte.

Parent Education Night for Gunnison Parents is November 5th from 5:30pm-8:00pm at the University Center Ballroom on Western's Campus.

GCSAPP Parent Guide

GCSAPP has published a Parent Guide and for 2013, it is newly updated, 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. 

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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.