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Marci Krivonen

A new survey from the Colorado Department of Public Health shows fewer high school students think using marijuana is risky. The data reflects perceptions before recreational pot sales started at stores around the state in January. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey shows the percentage of students who thought using marijuana was moderately or very dangerous declined from 58 percent in 2011 to 54 percent last year.

Chris Tribble, founder and director of Carbondale's True Media Foundation, discusses the future of media and how his foundation is working to educate students in new technology while encouraging the art of good storytelling though video media. In April, students in the after-school program, BeHeard!, are going to film and broadcast a live panel discussing the effects of legal marijuana and its impact on teenagers. This production is in collaboration with Youth Zone. Dana Marlatt, board secretary and administrator of True Media, and Patricia Petit-Blair, a student filmmaker with BeHeard!, also share details about the live broadcast. 

Learn more about the True Media Foundation

Terra Martellaro is a former student of True Media Foundation's after-school program, BeHeard!. She recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a focus on filmmaking. She shares her favorite memories and projects from the BeHeard! program, and how the skills taught in the program have helped her in the professional world of film media. Her journey of filmmaking has taken her from the Aspen Institute's late Environment Forum to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. True Media Foundation founder and director, Chris Tribble, also joins. 

Learn more about the True Media Foundation and the BeHeard! program. 

The True Media Foundation's mission is to teach teenagers how to make video media with positive social messaging. High school students from Basalt to Silt can sign-up for the Foundation's  after-school program, BeHeard! where they learn how to work with cameras and audio equipment. Students also learn how to plan, write and organize their own documentary films, focused on topics of interest in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Kathy Klug, Adam Frisch, Lori Pevny, Robin Smith, Matt Hamilton and Oliver Sharpe…names you’ve likely heard in the Roaring Fork Valley. These six local “celebrities” will face off in the Aspen Youth Center's Spell What?! spelling contest on February 6th at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen.

 

Keith Berglund, Executive Director of the  

Aspen Youth Center, and Oliver Sharpe, reining Spell What?! champion and 2014 competitor discuss the event. Learn more about Spell What?! HERE.

Jace Conflenti, an Aspen local and recent graduate of Aspen High School, spent time at the Aspen Youth Center while in middle and high school. He is now in his first year at the University of Colorado and works as a staff member during his summer and winter breaks from school. Conflenti shares stories of his time at AYC, both as a kid and now, as a staff member.  Executive Director Keith Berglund also joins in this episode of Non-Profit in the Spotlight. To learn more about the Aspen Youth Center, visit their website

The Aspen Youth Center is a big part of childhood in Aspen, almost every child in the Aspen School District, dating as far back as the 1980's, has had some encounter with the youth center. Longtime board-member and Aspen local, Sue Smedstad, shares the history of the youth center and the different forms the center has taken since it was first conceptualized in the 1960's. Aspen Youth Center Executive Director, Keith Berglund, also joins.

To learn more about the Aspen Youth Center, visit their website.   

Marci Krivonen

Many Roaring Fork Valley residents know what it’s like to get on skis for the first time. It can be a wobbly, nerve-wracking experience. Now, imagine doing that without being able to see very well. This week, eight high school students from Tennessee are skiing at Snowmass for the first time and they’re labeled legally blind. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.