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If you watch the news, listen to talk radio, or read the papers, it’s easy to get the impression that today’s kids party harder, are rowdier, and less responsible than ever when it comes to alcohol, smoking, and drug abuse. But the fact of the matter is, that just isn’t the case, at least in Denver.


In fact, the most recent Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) indicates that, especially when it comes to drinking alcohol, Colorado’s middle school kids are doing a great job of steering clear of bad decisions.

They’re you. They’re your kids.

The most startling bit of good news from the study may be the fact that a full 85% of Denver students in grades 6 through 8 say no to drinking. This is the first year for which middle school data is available, so it’s still too early to make any pronouncements or assessments about long-term trends, but still… 85%! That’s awesome!


So, to celebrate our amazing kids, and to give them a fun, positive, creative, and community-oriented outlet this summer, d-RAP is partnering with KS107.5 the Denver Parks and Recreation Department, First Lady of Denver Mary Louise Lee’s Bringing Back the Arts initiative, and the City of Denver’s My Denver program to bring the Mobile Music Studio to recreation centers throughout the city. 


At every event, students will have the opportunity to actually record their own beats, songs, and raps, then submit the MP3s for the chance to perform live on stage at the Bandimere Speedway. Each event will be unique, with be food, prizes, contests and other fun activities. 


It’s our way of giving our kids a safe, cool place to hang out with their friends.

And to demonstrate that there’s all sorts of great fun to be had without ever touching alcohol. Be sure to visit our new 85 page for more information, like us on our Facebook page, or Text ‘85’ to 67076 for the latest news and updates!


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