Youth Education and Safety in Schools – Y.E.S.S.

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Our Mission – The Douglas County Youth Education and Safety in Schools (YESS) program is a proactive collaborative partnership with law enforcement, schools, and community developing life skills in today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders.

In order to reach our youth and their families in a positive way the Youth Education & Safety in Schools or Y.E.S.S. program was created.   The program has a coordinator, and 2 deputies.  The program consists of a strong partnership with the Douglas County School District  to include: deputies teaching in the middle school health classes, teaching in elementary schools when time allows, our high school Text-A-Tip program, Suicide Intervention/Prevention, and participation in several Douglas County community coalitions such as: Parenting Coalition, Douglas Arapahoe Suicide Prevention Alliance.

We hope to provide you with a multitude of valuable resources. If you don’t find what you are looking for, if a link is broken, or if you know of a resource we should add please do not hesitate to contact our coordinator Phyllis Harvey at 303-814-7033 or

Empowerment Retreats – The Power of Positive Relationships

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s Youth, Education & Safety in Schools (Y.E.S.S.) Officers and the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Student Wellness Department has joined efforts to offer an empowerment retreat for DCSD students. We offer four types of retreats: coed high school, female high school, female middle school, and female 5th & 6th grade day retreats.  For more information visit Empowerment Retreats or view the Retreat Flyer

Links for Teens and Parents

  • 1 Liquid House

    Strengthens teenagers identity through mentoring and the creative arts.

  • Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC)

    A 501(c)(3) not for profit youth serving organization in Colorado. We provide no cost risk and need assessment services coupled with mental health and substance abuse screening to youth residing in Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. Our program believes in a “no wrong door” approach and accepts referrals from parents, schools, the Department of Human Services, Probation, Courts, other youth serving organizations, and law enforcement agencies.

  • Parenting PhD

    The Douglas County Parenting Coalition has created a blog/website that has resources for everything that any parent might need. There are specific resources for problems and issues that we all as parents are faced with and there are resources for problems that we may never dream we would have to deal with!

  • Teen Health – MedlinePlus/National Institutes of Health

  • Teen Health (Body, Mind, Sexual Health, Food/Fitness, Drugs/Alcohol, Diseases/Conditions, etc)

Texting and Driving is illegal in Colorado – more importantly it can hurt or even kill someone. Please watch this video and think about the following:

  1. Make a commitment to yourself and family to NOT text and drive at all.
  2. Put your phone in a place you can’t reach it so you won’t be tempted.
  3. Better yet, turn off your phone when you are driving so that there is no chance of being distracted.
  4. Do NOT text someone who you know is driving so they won’t be tempted to read a text while driving.

External Links DisclaimerMany external links have been provided on this site as a service and convenience to this site’s users. These external sites are created and maintained by other public and private organizations. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of links to particular external sites is neither intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, products or services offered on these sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites.

Douglas County Sheriff

Justice Center

4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303.660.7505

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Highlands Ranch Substation

9250 Zotos Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 303.784.7800

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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