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EmpowerGen: How Three University Students Created a Summer Camp for Youth Mental Wellness

January 25th, 2024

January is Mental Wellness Month, a time to raise awareness and take action to improve the mental health of children, adolescents, and young adults. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, the Covid-19 pandemic has worsened the existing mental health crisis among America’s youth, with increased rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide. On top of that, Mental Health tops the list of Parental, and teen concerns. EmpowerGen began addressing this with one of our past issues: Empowering Youth Mental Health: The Healing Power of Nature and Purpose. To combat this urgent challenge this January, a group... Read More

The Facade of Perfection: Unmasking Social Media’s Influence on Self-Esteem

November 10th, 2023

  For this issue of EmpowerGen, we asked Athena Sapourn, a 17-year-old Senior in Boulder, who is aspiring to study child psychology, to write about something she felt was important to discuss when it comes to her generation.  She settled on Social Media, its impact on teen girls, and what we can do to understand and help.  Summer was also particularly interested in this topic and helped edit the article. Below is Athena’s article: The Facade of Perfection: Unmasking Social Media’s Influence on Self-Esteem By Athena Sapourn Social media, often a platform for connection and... Read More

Why You Should Be Thinking More About Water

October 13th, 2023

For the next issue of the EmpowerGen Column, I invited Rachel DeStigter to write an article about something she’s passionate about. Rachel is a young leader and dedicated international studies graduate who is seeking to earn a Ph.D. in sociology and perform innovative research on the sociology of neurodiversity. Rachel worked closely with me at Dream Tank as a NextGen Innovation Fellow in our Development department in 2021.   I am delighted to publish Rachel’s article this week.  Enjoy! With great hope and love for water, Heidi ************* “Why You Should Be Thinking More About... Read More

How Coach Prime is Inspiring Boulder’s Youth

September 26th, 2023

As a parent of a first-year student at CU, I have experienced both the joy and the pain of sending my child into the world. (Please refer to the last article, Sending Your 18 Year Old Into The World). My daughter, Summer, has always been my sunshine, and I was proud of her for choosing to pursue her education at such a prestigious institution. But I was also sad to see her leave our home and our daily lives. I wondered how we would stay connected and how she would cope with the challenges of college life. I admit that I was not a big fan of football before. I had my doubts about the sport and... Read More

Embracing the Journey: Sending Your 18-Year-Old into the World

August 18th, 2023

I found it hard to write the EmpowerGen article these past couple weeks (Last article here). As I stand on the precipice of one of the most significant rites of passage as a parent, the emotions swirl within me like a tempestuous sea. The moment has arrived to bid farewell to my 18-year-old daughter, Summer, as she spreads her wings and steps into the world. The cliché “they grow up so fast” reverberates through my thoughts with an intensity I could never have fathomed. In this chapter of EmpowerGen, I invite you to join me on this emotional journey, as we explore the profound transition... Read More

Finding Their Voices: How Art Empowers Youth to Express Themselves and Change the World

August 4th, 2023

I grew up surrounded by art.  My father was born in Italy and was inspired by nature to become an artist. Growing up in New Jersey surrounded by a large Italian family and guided by a strong German mother, I would sit and paint with him as he meditated on the inspiration coming to him. Through all of the up and down times we went through, we could always come back to art and immerse ourselves in imagination and creativity.  It is one of the things that kept me grounded as a child. Art can be an expression of the beauty of life. Young people today are challenged to feel connected to this as the... Read More

Empowering Youth Mental Health: The Healing Power of Nature and Purpose

July 28th, 2023

Introduction: Welcome back to the eighth week of our EmpowerGen column! As we continue our journey, we shift our focus to a pressing issue affecting youth in both Boulder and Baja: mental health. The rise in suicide rates, school shootings, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the urgency to address mental health challenges among young individuals. In this article, we will explore the transformative potential of connecting youth to nature and purpose, backed by studies and articles that showcase the healing power of these experiences.  Read last week’s EmpowerGen Article... Read More

Jill’s Journey: Unleashing the Power of Youth and Genius at Playa Puertecito

July 19th, 2023

In our exploration of the transformative realm that is Playa Puertecito and our ‘Boulder to Baja’ adventures, we have encountered remarkable individuals who embody the spirit of youth empowerment. This week, we shine a spotlight on Jillian Runkle, a beacon of inspiration who has been igniting change via PeaceJam and other projects since the tender age of nine. Her unique perspective on the diverse spaces and worlds that intertwine within and beyond Playa Puertecito unveils profound insights and a passion for creating a world where many worlds fit. If you are interested in reading last... Read More

Unveiling the Extraordinary: A Journey of Youth Empowerment at Playa Puertecito: Boulder to Baja EmpowerGen Adventure Series

July 14th, 2023

Last week, we embarked on an unforgettable adventure to Playa Puertecito, a place where the magnificence of turquoise waters merges with the enchantment of nature. Read last week’s article written on the land here.  As we continue to explore the profound connections and transformative experiences that unfold in this remarkable sanctuary, we are reminded of the immense power of youth empowerment and the remarkable stories that emerge from young changemakers. Ulysses Diaz, a volunteer and local community builder, in his contemplation of our purpose in this beautiful place, prompted us to... Read More

Diving into a World of Wonders: Boulder to Baja Adventure Series on EmpowerGen

July 7th, 2023

A Journey of Co-Creation: Playa Puertecito Immersed in the mesmerizing turquoise waters, a sense of awe washed over me as a blissful puffer fish found solace in my hands. The gentle strokes from 28-year-old Victor Vargas Junior, one of the stewards of Playa Puertecito, created a connection that words cannot fully capture. If only tears could mix with the surrounding water, I would have wept with overwhelming joy. Victor, the son of my esteemed business partner, is not just a steward but also a part-owner, embodying the intergenerational vision we strive to cultivate at Playa Puertecito. Alongside... Read More

“I’ll Get Up For Dolphins!” Unveiling the EmpowerGen Boulder to Baja Adventure Series

June 30th, 2023

Embarking on a Journey of Co-Creation: Join the Playa Puertecito Adventure! Get ready for an exhilarating storytelling journey as we unveil a multi-part series within the EmpowerGen column, showcasing the extraordinary “Boulder to Baja” adventure of cultural exchange, innovation, and sustainable living. Building upon the inspiring stories of youth changemakers featured in our previous articles, we’re thrilled to share the exciting progress made by these young visionaries. In a recent article, we highlighted Summer, a remarkable young leader who, along with two other teens, recently... Read More

Turning Passion into a Livelihood: Meet Dakota, a Young Entrepreneur Driving Climate Action

June 22nd, 2023

While Summer was putting the finishing touches on last week’s EmpowerGen article, Gen Z: Rising Up for Climate Action and a Sustainable Future, the doorbell unexpectedly rang. On my doorstep was a smiling teenager named Dakota Hess-Tolene, who was going door to door in my neighborhood with a great deal to help Boulder residents go renewable, saving money and energy. I was astounded at the beauty of this synchronicity. Inside my house was a young person who is taking action and urging others to do the same for our climate, and right on my doorstep materialized a young person making it his business... Read More

Gen Z: Rising Up for Climate Action and a Sustainable Future

June 15th, 2023
Gen Z: Rising Up for Climate Action and a Sustainable Future - AboutBoulder.com

Hey everyone, it’s Summer here, and I’m super excited to dive into this week’s EmpowerGen column! Today, let’s talk about something close to my heart: the incredible role that my generation, Gen Z, is playing in climate action. We’re not just sitting back and watching; we’re rolling up our sleeves and making a real difference. So, buckle up and join me as we explore the innovative ideas, passion, and determination of Gen Z in combating climate change and creating a safer world for all. Gen Z’s Passion Ignites Change: Let me start by sharing some eye-opening... Read More

EmpowerGen: Amplifying the Voice of the Future

June 8th, 2023

Shaping Tomorrow: Harnessing the Power of Youth AboutBoulder.com is thrilled to announce an exciting development in our new weekly column, “EmpowerGen: Amplifying the Voice of the Future.” Heidi Cuppari, a dynamic force in the realm of youth entrepreneurship, will be co-authoring this transformative column, with valuable contributions from insightful teens and young adults. We’re also delighted to welcome Summer Cuppari Gould, a recent Fairview High School graduate and a soon-to-be freshman at the University of Colorado Leeds Business School, as a contributing editor and production... Read More