Colorado youth explore “Adventures” rather than marijuana

Mark Salley, Communications Director | 303-692-2013 |
Cate Croft, TEDxMileHigh Design + Adventures Director | 720-883-3057 |
The Protect What’s Next Adventures series inspires Colorado youth to achieve their goals by connecting them with entrepreneurs, artists and high-achieving Coloradans
DENVER – “Protect What’s Next Adventures,” the new youth marijuana prevention program launched by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and TEDxMileHigh, offers Colorado youth real-life experiences inspiring them to achieve what is important to them. This new series provides Colorado youth ages 13 to 20 chances to win free, once-in-a-lifetime adventures, giving them behind-the-scenes access to local entrepreneurs, artists and other experts who have turned their passions into careers.
“Our research shows youth want to passionately pursue what’s important to them, and marijuana can get in the way of their progress,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, department executive director and chief medical officer. “Underage marijuana use can affect the developing brain, making it harder for youth to go after what matters to them. This partnership with TEDxMileHigh helps connect youth with the knowledge, skills and steps needed to develop their passions and achieve their goals by meeting thought leaders throughout the state.”
The Protect What’s Next Adventures series will offer 12 adventures from now until June 2017, covering topics ranging from pro sports medicine, to firefighting and photography. Each free adventure allows young people to meet experts from diverse fields and participate in an interactive, immersive experience. Each adventure will give up to 20 young people the opportunity to spend the day connecting with individuals who have followed their passions and successfully achieved their goals.
The first Protect What’s Next Adventure — Become an ARTrepreneur — will be held Saturday, Dec. 10. Focusing on artists who transformed their love of crafting into successful businesses, this adventure will be held at Winter Session, a Denver-based canvas and leather goods company. Youth will tour the workshop, connect with local entrepreneurs, participate in discussions about starting their own businesses, and create their own leather goods.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the health department on the Protect What’s Next Adventures,” said Cate Croft, TEDxMileHigh design + Adventures director. “Giving youth the opportunity to get a glimpse into the lives of passionate, engaged individuals who are pursuing compelling, interesting work is very much in line with our mission.”
Future Protect What’s Next Adventures include:
  • Culinary Arts, hosted by Kelly Whitaker, Basta.
  • Instameet Photography Adventure, hosted by multiple Colorado photographers.
  • Denver Street Art, hosted by the Rino Arts District.
  • Black Canyon Astronomy/Nighttime Photography, hosted by Dave Lane.
  • SUP (Stand-up Paddle Boarding) Yoga, hosted by Sarah Russell.
About CDPHE’s Retail Marijuana Education Program
The Retail Marijuana Education Program is paid for with marijuana tax revenue. Projects include Good to Know; the Spanish-language campaign, Marihuana En Colorado, Lo Que Debes; and efforts to encourage youth to not use marijuana before age 21.
  • Protect What’s Next is a comprehensive media campaign showing how underage retail marijuana use has the potential to get in the way of youth achieving their short-term goals.
  • A complementary campaign also encourages adults who youth trust and respect to deliver factual information about not using retail marijuana before age 21.
About TEDxMileHigh Adventures Program
Adventures connect people with the big ideas that take the stage at a TEDxMileHigh talk by introducing them to the movers, shakers, makers and doers from across Colorado. Adventures give attendees opportunities to “get their hands dirty with the big ideas,” ask questions and interact with thought-leader hosts. TEDxMileHigh will offer 50+ Adventures for adults and youth in 2017, ranging from art and design, to science and tech, to urbanism and sustainability, to food systems and wellness.