Douglas County Kids, Making Douglas County Better

Take Back 420! is a day of youth service across Douglas County, CO - - join us as kids reclaim April 20th as a day of rejuvenation and restoration!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Take Back 420! Get Involved!

"Do all you can with what you have,
in the time you have,
in the place you are."                                                                                      

Nkosi Johnson (South African boy who of AIDS at age12 after creating "Nkosi's Haven" sites for fellow AIDS sufferers; from an interview with ABC's Jim Wootenin 2001)

April 20th.  It's a day with not-so-great associations in Colorado, across the country and throughout the world.  But it's also two days before Earth Day and it's the same weekend as the Global Youth Service Day - - days when people all over put their hands and hearts to work for the good of the planet and our fellow planet-dwellers.  "Take Back 420!" means that the youth of Douglas County are going to make April 20th memorable - - for SERVICE.  It will be known for the good things our kids do and for all that is wonderful about our teens.

We invite youth from across our community to join in on a massive wave of youth service on April 20th - - click on the link above to:

1.  SELECT the type of service you want to do 

2.  SIGN UP with the organization that is hosting the project you've selected

3.  SERVE on April 20th!

Here's some of what you can expect to achieve:

> Be entered into a drawing for cool gift cards if you serve four hours or more on 4/20

                Two cash prizes in the amount of $100.00!
                A Visa gift card in the amount of $50.00!
                Yet ANOTHER $50.00 gift card!
                Target $25.00 shopping spree!
                CostCo gift card for $20.00!
                Gift cards for Chipotle, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, BTO!

> Increase your chances of winning - - your name is entered again for every extra four hours of service you do on 4/20!

> Earn hours toward the 20 hour community service requirment for high school graduation

> Learn about needs in our community and organizations who are addressing those needs

> Do something that makes your heart and soul feel terrific

"Take Back 420!" is a project of the Substance Abuse Coalition of Douglas County, working since 2006 to advocate for evidence-based approaches to substance use prevention and to make sure that our community has the full gamut of substance abuse prevention, assessment, early intervention and high-level intervention. For more information, please visit the Virtual Substance Abuse Resource Fair at to see what's available in and around Douglas County.

THANK YOU to our donors:  Pamela Dickinson, CeDAR, Professional Counseling Services, Carla Turner, Target, CostCo, Chipotle, Five Guys Burgers & Fries and BTO.