TEAM Wellness & Prevention is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles through the prevention of substance abuse.
TEAM Wellness & Prevention has been providing alcohol and drug prevention services to the Fort Collins community since 1989. TEAM has expanded wellness and prevention programming to include all of Larimer County. TEAM provides prevention education to middle and high school students, makes presentations for parents on topics related to youth substance use, convenes community groups, provides opportunities for youth activities in safe, substance-free environments, and is available as a community partner.
We favor a developmental approach to addressing youth substance use. In doing so, we recognize the importance of adolescents’ inclination toward taking risks and we promote a formula of prevention that provides opportunities for youth to satisfy needs without compromising their future.
It is TEAM’s philosophy that prevention is the job of the entire community and we enjoy the responsibility for coordinating these efforts. To the extent that parents, schools, businesses, law enforcement, community leaders and religious organizations are consistent in the message for health and in providing a safe environment to nurture youth, youth are more likely to claim a future of well being.
TEAM is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.
Prevention, Philanthropy and Cannabis
Recreational and medical marijuana legalization is becoming a reality throughout the United States. This divisive issue has impacted many communities with proponents and opponents exchanging harsh words and sentiments. True and impartial data related to the impact of legalization is difficult to decipher from the volumes of propaganda that is swirling around in our digital age. TEAM has been at the epicenter of this controversy from the beginning. TEAM’s early battle over marijuana was even chronicled in the National Geographic series American Weed. As we now say, “That ship has sailed” and the battle over legalization and dispensaries is over. Now we must turn our attention to working in a prevention world where recreational marijuana is legal for adults and readily accessible to the consumer. At TEAM, we have elected to work with the cannabis industry to promote responsible use, limit youth access and to advocate with the industry to implement policy that protects community youth and the quality of life for all citizens. In doing this, TEAM has worked with the State of Colorado on the Good to Know and Protect What’s Next campaigns. TEAM also implemented the first ever Responsible Association of Retailers (RAR) program that includes a marijuana retailer chapter to go along with our on and off premise alcohol retailer chapters, as highlighted in the Coloradoan newspaper . TEAM was also one of the first non-profits in to develop policies and procedures to accept donations from the cannabis industry. TEAM has even welcomed a representative of the cannabis industry to sit on TEAM’s Board of Directors. TEAM’s Executive Director has been invited to speak about the topic at a number of functions throughout the United States including a recent event for the Willamette Valley Development Officers in Portland, Oregon. TEAM is available to consult with other prevention organizations, coalitions and nonprofits navigate this delicate issue and also available for speaking engagements. For more information contact Executive Director, Gordon Coombes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 970-224-9931.
Lamplighter Award Nomination
The Lamplighter Award is presented to a community member who voluntarily contributes significant time and/or resources to causes that that benefit youth in the community. A Lamplighter recipient contributes in a volunteer capacity and does not receive compensation for their work with youth.
“The recipient demonstrates extraordinary understanding of the power of collaborative thinking and has succeeded in motivating others toward the common good.”
The Lamplighter Award is awarded on an annual basis.
Educator of the Year Nomination
The TEAM Educator of the Year award is presented to a teacher or para educator who goes above and beyond their normal work duties to make a significant impact in the lives of youth in our community.
The TEAM Educator of the Year Award is awarded on an annual basis.
First Responder of the Year Nomination
The TEAM First Responder of the Year award is presented to a law enforcement officer, firefighter or emergency medical provider who goes above and beyond their normal work duties to make a significant impact in the lives of youth in our community.
The TEAM First Responder of the Year award is awarded on an annual basis.
Dot Tomlinson Lifetime Achievement Award
The Dot Tomlinson Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a community member who has dedicated their life to making an impact in the lives of children in our community. The recipient of this award demonstrates a dedicated commitment to youth and community similar to the late Dot Tomlinson, for whom this award is named and the original recipient of the award. Dot Tomlinson was an educator and community volunteer worked tirelessly both professionally and voluntarily on youth health and wellness causes in the community. Dot dedicated her life to making her community a healthy place to raise children.
The Dot Tomlinson Lifetime Achievement award is a special award that is only awarded on occasions when a qualifying individual is nominated and selected by the awards committee. Dot Tomlinson’s family descendants are invited to be part of the selection committee for this award.