Real Alternatives to Drugs and Drinking

RAD_LogoWhat is RAD?

RAD events are put on by students, for students, and are a way for high school students to have fun on Friday nights. By offering an alternative to parties, RAD keeps students safe while still providing them with the social events they enjoy.

RAD is a program that was started by Palmer Ridge student Brandon Pappas to change the culture of drugs and drinking that is pervasive in many high schools across the country.

The program currently has chapters at Palmer Ridge High School and Lewis-Palmer High School.

If you wish to be a part of the #MonumentalDifference we are making in our community, please fill out a volunteer application, complete with three references!

All proceeds help to offset the costs of volunteer applications and trainings. Background checks are required for all those over 18. Please sign up to volunteer for an evening and we can help with the application process!


When and where are RAD events?

RAD events take place from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Friday nights at the Young Life Teen Center in the Tri-Lakes YMCA or at the Monument Ice Rinks. See schedule for ice rink dates.

All events are free and open to all high schoolers with a valid ID (not just Palmer Ridge or Lewis-Palmer students). 

Activities at these events include indoor soccer, volleyball, basketball, foosball, cornhole, board games and more!

2018 Schedule


Friday, June 22 Flick n Float


Friday, July 13 Paint Fight

Friday, July 27 Ice Rink


Friday, August 10 Water Fight & S'mores

Friday, August 24 Water Sports

All themes are TBD, but will include pool parties, flick n' floats, ice skating, water fights and more!

Please note if there is a snow day in D38, there will not be a RAD night at the Y.

Activities at these events include indoor soccer and volleyball, basketball, ping- pong, foosball, cornhole, board games, video games and more. See the schedule above for special activities.


Each week RAD welcomes between 200-500 teens into our Teen Center, where we provide light snacks and activities for the teens. In addition, we provide homemade treats and/or additional food. Please see the sign up below to see how you can help us keep this program free to the community.

For more information, please contact Sara Rodriguez at [email protected].

Want to help at RAD events as a lead volunteer? Sign up today!

2018 Volunteer Sign Up & Schedule

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