Honoring Natural High hero Cassadee Pope - The pop punk sensation sets the standard of being the ultimate role model!
“Cassadee Pope has been my role model since day one. I love her style, her voice and her carefree attitude, but now I have something else to love. My dream is to sing in a band, and watching her talk about how drinking and drugs can mess that up inspires me to make the right decisions in my life and live out my own Natural High.” -Elin Skaardal, 17
“Cassadee Pope is my idol, so seeing that she went through high school and was pressured just like I am and was able to refrain inspired me to keep up what I’ve been doing. Also, I like how she chooses music over it.” -Olivia Maley, 16
“Hey Monday is one of my favorite bands and hearing from the lead singer of one of my favorite bands really made me think about it. I liked how she had peer pressure but was smart enough to think about what it would do to her singing career and how pointless it was.” - Lily, 14
“As a “wanna-be” singer and fan of Hey Monday, I found this film to be highly influential and well-done. It’s inspiring to follow your dreams and not let drugs and alcohol taint them.” -Ryan Jewe, 18
“The thing I enjoyed the most about the film was Cassadee’s open and honest ideas about her natural high and how she over came those ex-friends from school. I can relate to her because I had those same types of friends and I know exactly how she feels when she looks back on that. It amazes me how she is so tough and strong to blow off drugs especially in the music world where it is full of parties and drugs. I am happy to say she is someone I look up to and admire.” -Danielle Diaz, 19
Conversations about addiction and the struggle to live a clean lifestyle began to spark in classrooms amongst students and in their circle of friends as a result of Natural High. A drug abuse prevention organization that showcases people that lead fun, exciting, and successful lives without drugs and alcohol by embracing a Natural High. Our culture today seems to shout, “go ahead, everybody’s using!” But this is a false statement. Not everyone is using substances to get high, and that message is being shared through athletes, musicians, and celebrities featured in the Natural High DVD series.
National nonprofit Natural High will be honoring NaturalHigh.TV celeb Cassadee Pope (Hey Monday) at its 11th annual Sunset Splash Gala on October 28th in La Jolla, CA. During Vans Warped Tour of last year Pope revealed during an interview that her group of friends in high school were “crazy with drugs”. The lively songstress did not want to be associated with that kind of stuff and continued to make a career in mainstream music. “I have to worry about waking up everyday, singing everyday and drinking every night would probably dry out my vocal chords,” she told us.
A local middle school approached Natural High to do a school wide premiere party of Natural High 5. The newest edition to the highly acclaimed educational series which features Cassadee Pope, Travis Pastrana, Lauren Conrad and Terry Kennedy. The whole school will be in attendance to watch the film and then Natural High founder Jon Sundt or team member will do a brief presentation for the students. In hopes that youth will be inspired to Pledge to live Naturally High lifestyles Pope will make an appearance. For all of the Hey Monday fans in the crowd she will be available to sign autographs!
**Please note Natural High 5 Premiere Party is by invite only**
Following the premiere party Pope will be the recipient of The Natural High Award of the Year. The most notable recognition presented during the evening of the Sunset Splash Gala. Previous recipient’s include Switchfoot, Timmy Curran and Tony Hawk.
The goal of Natural High is to empower young people to make healthy decisions so their futures turn out the way they envision. Natural High interns have shaped and molded Natural High into what it is now. The fast growing movement has become a force to be reckoned with amongst the uprising generation of youth. Natural High not only has cool messaging from celebrities but a voice from youth. As a result The Natural High Pledge Campaign came to be and real conversations are changing the community around them. They’re here to tell YOU that You have a world of opportunity and drugs are not it.
These young role models will also be attending the Sunset Splash Gala alongside Pope.
Note from Natural High team member:
I want to start off by saying it’s an honor to be a part of this movement with all of you. I am 18 and a first year in college. I’m sure you can imagine the heavy peer pressure that comes with that age and environment. This is the first year that I’m really confident in myself and my choices. Before I found my heart in Natural High, in high school I was a different person than I am now. I thought drinking was something I had to do to really enjoy myself. Since music is a place that I love whole heartedly I only saw it as a place to come alive and to do so I thought drinking would enhance my love for music. But over time it only made me believe that it completely takes away everything that I stand for and everything that I want for my future. When I found out about Natural High I felt compelled by their message because its a place of music and a like minded community of young people that I constantly need to be around. I’m abundantly and insanely blessed to speak alongside Cassadee Pope at the premiere party and gala because of her interview with Natural High. It’s the part where she says “I would absolutely not be able to perform at my fullest everyday If I was partying every single night.” That is the quote that had me mesmerized to be apart of something bigger than who I am. A year later and I still get a Natural High every time I speak to each of you at or out events or through social media. I have a passion to be apart of peoples lives and even more so to encourage you to become more of yourself. Happy to be apart of this with my own hero Cassadee Pope and all of the supporters of Natural High.
-Allura Garis, Youth Engagement Coordinator