If you are under the age of 21 and have been issued a citation for possession or consumption of alcohol by an underage person, possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia, you must contact the North Metro Youth Diversion Program (NMYDP) within 72 hours of receiving the citation to determine your eligibility for the program. If you are found to be eligible and complete the program, the alcohol, paraphernalia or marijuana offense will be dismissed. 

If you have charges in addition to those referenced above, you must appear on your court date for those charges.

To Register

Please call 303-776-8184 or go to www.thrivingteens.org to register online. Failure to contact NMYDP within 72 hours could make you ineligible for the program and then you must appear in court on your arraignment date.

Please have the following information ready at the time of your registration call:

  • Address including city and zip code
  • Available daytime phone number
  • Case number (your ticket number)
  • Court deadline (your court date)
  • Defendant’s age and date of birth
  • First and last name of the defendant – as written on the ticket
  • Referring agency (the police department that issued your ticket)

Program Requirements

If you are eligible for the North Metro Youth Diversion Program and agree to accept the full conditions of the program, you must schedule a date to attend.

  • If you are under 18 years of age, a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult must attend with you.
  • If you are over the age of 18 and have a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult who wishes to attend, you may register for the two-day program. Otherwise, you must attend the one-day program by yourself.
  • The program must be completed prior to the court date indicated in the letter you received from the court.
  • If you successfully complete the program, you must appear at the Commerce City Municipal Court on or before your court date with a certificate of completion from the North Metro Youth Diversion Program and a 300-word essay about your experience with the program and lessons learned. The court will then dismiss the alcohol, marijuana or paraphernalia offense.
  • If you do not successfully complete the program, you must appear in court on the date specified on the letter you received from the court. If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must appear with you (no other adult is acceptable). Should you be found guilty of the violations charged, your driver’s license may be subject to revocation, in addition to payment of fines, costs, and fees, and/or and other sentence as determined by the court.