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, Lewis-Palmer High School and Discovery Canyon High School Campus.

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. Background checks are required for all those over 18; if you would like to support the cost of your background check, please donate to The Ryan Pappas Memorial Foundation in the amount of $40. All proceeds help to offset the costs of volunteer applications and trainings. Please sign up to volunteer for an evening and we can help with the application process.

Volunteer Application

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, April 6 People's Choice

Friday, April 13 Movie Night

Friday, April 20 Campfire Night (with s'mores!)

Friday, April 27 Field Day


Friday, May 4 Open Gym

Friday, May 11 Open Gym

Saturday, May 19 RAD Around the World Graduation Party! All high school students welcome.  

May 25 NO RAD (Memorial Day Weekend)



*Activities are subject to change.*

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.

Want to help at the Around the World Graduation Party on May 19? Sign up today!

Volunteer for the RAD Graduation Party

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

2018 Volunteer Sign Up & Schedule

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