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10th April 2007 - TeenThrive Earth Fest


Marina, Calif. - April 10th - An exciting new movement is actively brewing among teenagers in Monterey and Santa Cruz County who are passionately engaged in purposeful projects that positively impact people and the environment. Some of those innovative young adults will share what they're doing to make a difference at the first annual TeenThrive.com Earth Fest in Marina on Sunday, April 29th.  Carmel High Freshman Sabrina Russo will demonstrate her award winning project documenting the impact Global Warming has on Blue Fin Tuna. Carmel High School graduate Jeremy Riddle-Kaufman, 19, will be webcast in from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to share his web-based StudentsforDafur.org campaign that's been embraced by colleges and universities around the world.

Hundreds of teens are expected to attend this fun and free event, which will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Marina Technology Cluster, at 3180 Imjin Road. The festival, which celebrates the launch of TeenThrive.com, will include entertainment, a video contest, and a variety of events to inspire kids to start and take part in their own community service projects and help heal the planet. 

Local teens will demonstrate the cool stuff they are doing to make a difference, and panelists of all ages will address ways teenagers can earn cash by launching green businesses. Solar car races, an opportunity to make bio-diesel fuel, demonstrations of www.teenthrive.com, where the next generation of leaders can vie for college scholarships, learn how to help heal the planet, get great ideas for community service projects and have fun, are just a few of the hands-on events planned. Representatives from more than a dozen different agencies, ranging from ForestEthics to the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation, will share information about their organizations and inspire young adults to take "Doing Good Stuff" to the next level. Event sponsors, including Abrego Print and Copy, AMBAG, Chartwell School, Blueline Power, Blue Marble Marketing, Greenfuse, Karl Designs, MbayKids.com, Moss Landing Commercial Park, Salem Systems and the Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club, will also be on hand to share their commitment to the environment and its inhabitants.


About FamilyThrive

FamilyThrive is a ‘Fast Track' company located in an innovative Technology Incubator (Marina Techology Cluster ) on the Monterey Bay in NorCal.  FamilyThrive operates on a hybrid model of entrepreneurship and social change.  By funding the work it does for familes through sponsorships and targeted advertising, we are an example of creatively funding a socially beneficial enterprise.


What Are We Up To?

  • Family Thrive provides a destination that facilitates youth and family to take their ideas of doing good stuff to the next level. We do this by providing them with established systems, organizations and the tools to evolve their own ideas.
  • FamilyThrive creates a ‘hub' where complementary organizations can contribute services and expertise in creating beneficial programs for Family and Youth.
  • FamilyThrive provides a portal to Business and Service industries to introduce themselves and engage with tomorrow's conscious leaders.
 

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For more information, call Terri Morgan at (831) 479-0210, or  TeenThrive founder Rob Franklin at (831) 621-3836.

 

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Earth Fest Quotes

“The future is in the hands of the teens right now, and it's important to educate them,” said Sam Adelson, 19, from CSUMB. “The planet is sick and we need to try our hardest to be sustainable in our practices every day.”
“I've never made biodiesel (fuel) before,” said Robert Hernandez, 14, of Salinas High School. “I like chemistry and this is very interesting.”
“I'm having fun,” said Ian Jones, 16, from Gilroy High School as he helped build a model solar car.  “Solar power is totally realistic for real cars. I really believe it will work.”