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Positive Alternative Mission Statement- The Positive Alternatives Team seeks to empower Telluride’s youth to make positive choices in their lives, to reduce their involvement in high-risk behaviors and to educate as well as involve our community in creating a safe, positive, and supportive environment in which our youth can mature and thrive.   Excellence come naturally…it’s all about choices .

Principles and Values Statement

The members of the Positive Alternatives Team (PAT) share a belief in the following principles:

      The PAT is a group of parents, educators, students, and other community stakeholders who believe that our youth represent our future.  To the extent that our youth thrive, Telluride—and beyond—will thrive.

      Every child in the Telluride region deserves to grow up in a safe, positive, and supportive environment.

      Every family in the Telluride region deserves to enjoy fun, drug and alcohol free events in our community.

      Positive role models in the community are essential for our children and every adult is a role model for children in our community. 

      There is a clear relationship between assets, as defined and reported in the Asset Survey, and high-risk behaviors-the more assets a child can claim, the fewer high-risk behaviors they engage in. 

       All young people in our community should have the opportunity to develop as many positive assets as possible and the adults in the community must insure that our community provides the opportunities to develop those assets.

      Illicit drug use, underage alcohol use, and other high-risk behaviors, are symptoms of a greater problem in the community.  These challenges facing our youth are community issues, which demand community-wide solutions.

Goals and Activities

To continue to sponsor, promote, and organize the annual drug and alcohol education program in the Telluride schools.


To develop parent education programs focusing on parenting skills, communication skills, and drug and alcohol awareness programs.


To develop and organize other activities for Telluride’s families and youth that offer an alternative to drug and alcohol based events.


To promote the Asset Survey results and to help the community to develop  programs that build assets in our youth population.  

Send comments, suggestions to telluridepositivealternatives@earthlink.net


Capture the Flag. 

Give an Unexpected Gift.

Call a Lonely Person.

Play with a Balloon.

Baby Sit. Walk a Dog.

Walk down Main Street and Just Smile a People.

Climb a Mountain.

Hike the River Trail.

Interview an Adult or Teen.

Camp. Fish. Paint.

Read. Take pictures.

Play a Game. Walk. Cook.

Ski. Snowboard. Sled. Tubing.

Help a Friend. Clean your room.

Assist a Teacher.  Library.

Ah Haa! Music. Play the Guitar.

Bird Watch. Milky Way, Stars!

Draw. Sketch. Bake Cookies.

Looking for more things to do, contact one of these fine organizations:

Telluride Choral Society  

Arts Ah Haa!  Are you ready for some creativity?

Telluride Foundation

Telluride Academy

Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities 970-728-3930




Telluride 24 Hour AA, ALNON, NA 728-7270

San Miguel Resource Center Telluride 728-5660, Norwood 327-0566, Naturita 865-2273

About Health.com

Help Your Community 877-KIDS-313

Community Anit-Drug Coalitions of America 800-54-CADCA

The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors

Office of National Drug Control Policy

The Drug-Free Communities Program

The AntiDrug

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminisrtation

The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention's Model Programs

SAMHSA's The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information 800-788-2800

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Center for Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws

Alcohol MD

Join Together Online

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.


"We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be. And our attitudes and behaviors grow out of these assumptions."

Stephen Covey