It’s a fact … children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.
It’s facts like these that has activated communities to make change. One such awareness event that has gained in popularity is Red Ribbon Week happening October 23-31 this year. There are lots of ways for youth, families, and schools to get involved!
This year’s theme is “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.” and you can find downloadable graphics and activity guides to plan a prevention event.
Enter the 2015 Red Ribbon Photo Contest!
Sponsored by the National Family Partnership. This year, there are two ways to win. Families can enter by decorating their home front door, mailbox or fence. Schools can enter by decorating their school campus. Decorations must feature this year’s theme slogan “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.”, and a double–looped red ribbon. Photos can be uploaded to redribbon.org. Schools and families have a chance to win iPads and cash. Find out more
Adults, Sign the Red Ribbon Pledge!
As a parent, educator, or other concerned community adult, you can sign an online pledge to talk to children about the dangers of drug abuse. Find out more
Youth, Find the Ways to Get Involved!
Here is a useful guide to find out how students can get their peers, schools and families involved with activities for Red Ribbon Week, including designing next year’s theme, entering the photo contest, or launching your own social media campaign.
It’s not too early to get started planning your Red Ribbon event!