empowering youth to live a life free of drug abuse


Rise Above Colorado is a drug abuse prevention organization that measurably impacts teen perceptions and attitudes about the risks of substance abuse to help youth make empowered, healthy choices. Our vision at Rise Above Colorado is to empower teens to lead a life free of drug abuse.

This requires more than “just say no.” It requires lots of skills, information, and a safe space to ask questions and share stories, thoughts and feelings. The Rise Above Colorado Teen Action Council seized the opportunity of creating a website with interactive features to support teens’ wellness and potential. So, welcome and please engage with us by posting your comments, questions and stories!


How To

Rise Above


Despite what much of media tells us, teens make awesome choices every day! But, rising above is not always an easy thing. With all of life’s challenges, navigating unexpected turns can be really hard and staying on point with one’s purpose gets harder and harder. Maintaining the strength and awareness of all the potential that life holds for each of us requires great skill and support. That is why we have created a “toolbox” section of this site, called How To Rise Above. Some pages share skills we’ve tested out to handle challenges we’ve experienced and others are about skills we use to cultivate strength and possibility every day. To sharpen your tools to Rise Above, EXPLORE HERE


Straight Dope

Explore the real facts about substances.
See the Numbers and learn how most Colorado teens are making healthy decisions about substances.


We Rise

Stories & Expressions of How Teens Rise Above


#IRiseAbove is a campaign that celebrates the healthy choices Colorado teens make every day. Since launching in 2014, over 1,000 teens helped create the largest piece of public art made exclusively by youth in the state’s history and thousands more posted photos to social media showing how they rise above. The campaign continues to grow with teens using the hashtag when celebrating their lives and with the creation of new #IRiseAbove murals in communities all across our state.

Join the movement by using the #IRiseAbove tag when you post photos to Instagram- we want to see how YOU rise above!