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RAD PROGRAM

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.

Volunteer Application

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When/where does RAD hold 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.

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 and volleyball, basketball, ping-pong, foosball, cornhole, board games, video games and more.

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Proud Sponsors & Partners

Penrose-St. Francis YoungLife City of Colorado Springs

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