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Announcing The 2019 Red Ribbon Theme: Send A Message. Stay Drug Free.™

Posted on 02/01/2019 @ 12:09 PM

The 2019 National Red Ribbon Week theme is: Send a Message. Stay Drug Free.™

Izabella Ware, a student from Griswold Middle School in Griswold, CT, created the winning theme for 2019 Red Ribbon Week, which takes place October 23-31. Ware's theme, "Send A Message. Stay Drug Free."  was selected among thousands of Red Ribbon theme ideas submitted by students, parents, educators and members of communities across America.

Griswold Middle School will receive national recognition and $500 in Red Ribbon Theme merchandise from Nimco, Inc.

·        The theme is a call to action to speak out in support of healthy choices. The theme is also a reminder that by staying drug free, you are sending a message to yourself and others about how much you value yourself, your overall health, your community and your future.

The annual National Red Ribbon Theme Contest, sponsored by the National Family Partnership, offers students and other prevention supporters the opportunity to be a part of history. The winning slogan will be used throughout 2019 in thousands of schools and communities across America.

As the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, Red Ribbon Week® reaches over 80 million people each year throughout the United States.

This is the first year that a student at Griswold Middle School won the National Red Ribbon Theme contest. Izabella learned about the contest from her health teacher Kristen Butremovic, who has been celebrating the Red Ribbon Campaign for 21 years.

Want to make 2019 Red Ribbon Week the best yet? Stay tuned for the release of our 2019 Red Ribbon Planning Guide. Share your Red Ribbon plans/events here. Check out our curriculum ideas here. And stay tuned for details about our 2019 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest.

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Announcing The Winners Of The 2018 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest

Posted on 12/03/2018 @ 12:03 PM

Drum roll please! Today, the National Family Partnership (NFP) announced 20 winners of its 8th Annual National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest.

Families and schools across the country decorated either their homes or school campuses with this year’s Red Ribbon theme: “Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.” A total of $20,000 will be awarded to K-12 schools, which includes 10 winners who received the most votes in their region and 10 winners who were selected for Judges Awards. The families and individuals who entered on behalf of the schools will also receive an ipad.

“With our nation’s current opioid epidemic, drug prevention is more important than ever,” says NFP President Peggy Sapp. “We designed the contest to involve families, schools, and communities in delivering drug prevention messages to children in a fun and uniting way. We are inspired by the winners and their wonderful stories about spreading the Red Ribbon message in their homes, schools and communities.”

To qualify for the National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest, families and schools were invited to decorate the front of their homes and campuses with a double-looped red ribbon and the words of this year’s Red Ribbon theme: Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free, followed by submitting a photo of their decoration to redribbon.org. The Contest, which is co-sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, was held in conjunction with the 33rd Annual National Red Ribbon Week. Entries for the contest were accepted until November 1 via any desktop or mobile device.

“Congratulations to the winners of the National Red Ribbon Photo Contest,” said DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon. “Thank you for engaging your families, schools and communities in the important conversation about drug education, prevention and living a drug free life. The DEA is pleased to support the continued work in your schools to prevent drug abuse and misuse in your community.”

The drug epidemic in the United States is a current and pressing matter, which can only be halted through education and awareness. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 74,000 Americans died of drug overdose last year. Through campaigns like Red Ribbon Week, the country can work together to educate the youth of America and create a safer future for our children.

The contest was part of NFP's National Red Ribbon Week® celebration – the nation's oldest and largest drug prevention campaign, which began in 1985 after the murder of DEA Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena. The inaugural National Red Ribbon Week was organized by NFP in 1988.

Congratulations To Our Winners

Most Votes - Home Entry

  • Region 1 - Schultz Family - Cambridge Springs Jr./Sr. High School, Cambridge Springs, PA
  • Region 2 - Moore Family - Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Region 3 - Martin Family - Dora RIII School, Dora, MO
  • Region 4 - Pringle Family - South Rock Creek School, Shawnee, OK
  • Region 5 – Beas Family - Jimenez Elementary, Santamaria, CA

Most Votes - School Entry

  • Region 1 – Kelly Fox - Braintree High School, Braintree, MA
  • Region 2 – Paola Stauffer - Orlando Science School, Orlando, FL
  • Region 3 – Bev Davison - Dora RIII School, Dora, MO
  • Region 4 – Erica Guevara - Brownsville Early College High School – Brownsville, TX
  • Region 5 – Deborah Chatham – Naples Elementary, Vernal, UT

Judges Awards - Home Entry

  • Most creative - Clark Family – Sigourney Elementary, IA
  • Best use of family and community - Fergus Family - St. Eugene School, Chicago, Il
  • Best use of the theme - Greene Family - International Studies Elementary Charter School, Albany, GA
  • Most educational - Faulkner Family - Rancho Buena Vista High School, Vista, CA
  • Most ambitious – Rohda Family - East Butler School, Brainard, NE

Judges Awards - School Entry

  • Most creative – Melek Ateley - Florence L. Walther Elementary School, Lumberton, NJ
  • Best use of the theme – Ariel Brown - Hueytown Elementary School, Hueytown, AL
  • Best use of school and community – Deborah Chatham -– Naples Elementary, Vernal, UT
  • Most parent participation – Charity Saddler – Alta Brown Elementary School – Garden City, KS
  • Most educational – Vang Yang - Meyler Street Elementary, Torrance, CA

Close to 30,000 votes were cast in support of more than 350 contest entries. See all 2018 winning photo entries at http://redribbon.org/contest/winners.

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2018 Red Ribbon Social Media Tools

Posted on 10/22/2018 @ 03:34 PM

Virtual Red Ribbon Campaign Tools

Share your support for Red Ribbon Week with your friends and followers! Together, we can send a clear message across America. All you have to do to participate is tweet or post on Facebook with any or all of the suggested language below to spread the word about Red Ribbon Week: See the examples below, copy the language you want to use on your blog or social networking site and start spreading the message! We also encourage you to take a photo of your favorite drug-free activities and post on Instagram with #redribbonweek and #lifeisyourjourneytraveldrugfree.

Sample Facebook Posts

  • Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free. – Celebrate Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31).
  • It’s Red Ribbon Week and I am taking a stand against drugs. Join me. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge
  • Today, I’m honoring Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent who died while fighting substance abuse. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week 2018. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge
  • Today, I'm joining teens, parents, teachers, and other citizens across America in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31), the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation.
  • Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week. Our children have the right to grow up drug free – and we have the responsibility to make that happen. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge
  • I’m entering the Red Ribbon Photo Contest to win an iPad and $1,000 for my school. You can enter too at www.redribbon.org/contest
  • I’m a teacher who believes in a drug free future for my students. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31)
  • I’m a parent who believes in a drug free future for my children. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31).

Sample Tweets

  • Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free. Celebrate #RedRibbonWeek (October 23-31). #lifeisyourjourneytraveldrugfree
  • It’s Red Ribbon Week and I am taking a stand against drugs. Join me. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge. #RedRibbonWeek #lifeisyourjourneytraveldrugfree
  • Today, I’m honoring Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent who died while fighting substance abuse. Join me. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge . #RedRibbonWeek
  • Today, I'm joining teens, parents, teachers, and other citizens across America in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31), the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. #RedRibbonWeek
  • Join me in celebrating #RedRibbonWeek. Our children have the right to grow up drug free – and we have the responsibility to make that happen. #lifeisyourjourneytraveldrugfree
  • Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge. #RedRibbonWeek #lifeisyourjourneytraveldrugfree
  • I’m entering the Red Ribbon Photo Contest to win an iPad and $1,000 for my school. You can enter too at www.redribbon.org/contest. #RedRibbonWeek
  • I’m a teacher who believes in a drug free future for my students. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31). #redribbonweek #lifeisyourjourneytraveldrugfree
  • I’m a parent who believes in a drug free future for my children. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31). #redribbonweek #lifeisyourjourneytraveldrugfree

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New Curriculum Resources for 2018 Red Ribbon Week

Posted on 09/13/2018 @ 01:05 PM

Red Ribbon Week is just around the corner and educators, parents, law enforcement and community members across the nation are making final preparations to make this year's celebration of healthy choices the most impactful ever.

If you are looking for outstanding curriculum ideas, we have you covered. National Family Partnership is dedicated to regularly updating our curriculum suggestions to give you the latest prevention tools. Red Ribbon Week is supposed to be fun - but more importantly, it's an opportunity to educate students and families about the importance of a healthy, drug free lifestyle.

Our Newest Curriculum Offering: A Digital Course For High School Students On Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

National Family Partnership is a proud partner of the Prescription Drug Safety Network, a nationwide coalition committed to empowering students with skills to help make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drug use for themselves, their families, and their communities.

The flagship initiative of the Prescription Drug Safety Network is the launch of a new prescription drug abuse prevention course developed by EVERFI, the nation’s leading education technology innovator. The Prescription Drug Safety Network has committed to providing this digital curriculum to high schools across the state, and will be made available at no cost to the schools.

About the course

The digital learning course uses an evidence-based, public health approach to empower high school students with the skills and knowledge they need to make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drugs. Through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities, students learn the facts about drugs, how to properly use and dispose of them, and how to step in when faced with a situation involving misuse. The course is aligned with the Centers for Disease Control’s National Health Education Standards and state academic standards.

Get Started

Download this Quick Start Guide to get started with your students today. Feel free to contact Rosemary McGinty (rmcginty@everfi.com) for more information, or to set up a brief training for teachers who are interested in using the resource in their classrooms.

Want more? Visit our curriculum pages for suggestions by grade level.

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2018 Red Ribbon Week Annual Photo Contest: "Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free"

Posted on 08/18/2018 @ 01:03 PM

The National Family Partnership (NFP), invites families and schools across America to participate in its 7th Annual National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest.

The contest, which is co-sponsored by the DEA, will be held in conjunction with the 32nd Annual Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31). 

“Students will once again take the Red Ribbon Campaign prevention message into their homes, neighborhoods and schools with this contest,” said NFP President Peggy Sapp. “It’s a fun and creative way for parents and schools to educate children about the dangers of drug use while they decorate their homes and schools using this year’s theme, “Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.”

Entries will be accepted from Oct. 1 through Nov. 1 and the winners will be announced on December 3. This year, $20,000 will be awarded to schools in five regions across the country.

What's new for this year:

In response to participants' feedback, we are introducing a new way to win! You can either get the most votes in your category (school or home) in your region (5 regions, total of 10 prizes) or you can receive a Judges Award for having an outstanding photo! Here are the 10 Judges awards up for grabs:

Judges Awards - School Category

  • Most creative
  • Best use of the school and community
  • Best use of the theme
  • Most parent/family representation
  • Most educational

Judges Awards - Home Category

  • Most creative
  • Best use of the family and community
  • Best use of the theme
  • Most Ambitious
  • Most educational

Here's how to enter:

Students and families decorate their home’s front door, mailbox or fence with a double-looped red ribbon and the theme, “Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free”

Schools (K-12) may decorate their school campus with a double-looped red ribbon and the theme, “Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.” Decorations should be in a visible location on the school campus.

Take a photo with your decoration and upload it to RedRibbon.org/contest October 1 (9:00 am ET) to November 1 (9:00pm ET). You must be 18 years or older to upload the photo and can do so from any desktop or mobile device.

Ask family and friends to vote for your entry beginning November 2 (9:00am ET) to November 16 (9:00pm ET). The winners will be announced December 3.

  • Families in the Home Decoration category with the most votes in each region (5 winners total) will win an iPad for the family and $1,000 to be used towards drug prevention at a K-12 school of their choosing.
  • Schools in the School Decoration category with the most votes in each region (5 winners total) will win an iPad (for the school employee or PTA member who entered on behalf of the school) and $1,000 to be used towards drug prevention at the school.
  • Families and Schools earning Judges Awards (10 winners total) will win an iPad (for the family or school employee who entered on behalf of the school) and $1,000 for the school to be used towards drug prevention
Want to know more? Click here for FAQ

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Vote For Your Favorite Entry In The 2018 Red Ribbon Week Annual Photo Contest

Posted on 08/18/2018 @ 01:03 PM

Families and schools across America need your help to win $1,000 for their local schools, as part of the National Red Ribbon Photo Contest.

Contest participants decorated their homes and schools with a double-looped red ribbon and the theme, “Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.” Now, they need your votes.

Voting takes place between November 2 (9:00am ET) to November 16 (9:00pm ET). The winners will be announced December 3.

  • School entries and home entries with the most votes in each region will receive an iPad and $1,000 to be used toward drug prevention. Voting takes place at www.redribbon.org/vote. You may vote once per 24 hour period per entry.

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When Is Red Ribbon Week?

Posted on 05/11/2018 @ 12:02 PM

We are frequently contacted by schools, organizations and communities about when Red Ribbon Week is scheduled to take place each year. It's a very simple answer because the dates are always the same.

When Is 2018 Red Ribbon Week?

Red Ribbon Week takes place every year on October 23-31. So Red Ribbon Week in 2018 takes place October 23-31, 2018.

Does Red Ribbon Week Really Start On A Tuesday?

This year, Red Ribbon Week begins on a Tuesday. What does that mean for your school or community? If you can't celebrate Red Ribbon Week from Tuesday to Wednesday and must choose one calendar week to do so, use your best judgment. For example, some participants will choose to celebrate starting on the 22nd and others will wait until the following week.

What If We Can't Celebrate Red Ribbon Week During The Selected Dates?

While it is ideal for everyone to celebrate Red Ribbon Week from October 23-31st each year, we understand that some schools and communities cannot make that work. We recommend choosing a date in October if possible and if not, choosing what works best for you.

Tell Us What You Are Planning For Red Ribbon Week

Register your event here for a chance to win $250 in free Red Ribbon Week merchandise!

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Meet The 2018 Red Ribbon Theme Winner

Posted on 03/01/2018 @ 12:53 PM

Taeya Moore, a student at Solon Middle School in Solon, Ohio created the winning theme for 2018 Red Ribbon Week, which takes place October 23-31. Taeya's theme, "Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free™.", was among thousands of Red Ribbon theme ideas submitted by students, parents, educators and members of communities across America. Taeya will receive $500 of prevention materials for her school.

The annual National Red Ribbon Theme Contest, sponsored by the National Family Partnership, offers students and other prevention supporters the opportunity to be a part of history. The winning slogan will be used throughout 2018 in thousands of schools and communities across America.

As the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, Red Ribbon Week® reaches over 80 million people each year throughout the United States. Informed Families is the Florida Sponsor of Red Ribbon Week.

This is the fourth year that Solon Middle School won the National Red Ribbon Theme contest, thanks to proud Red Ribbon supporter and digital arts teacher Cheryl Holsapfel (featured on the left in the photo below with Taeya and her family), who encourages her students to enter the contest every year.

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Introducing The 2018 Red Ribbon Theme

Posted on 02/03/2018 @ 09:01 PM

We are thrilled to announce the 2018 National Red Ribbon Week theme: Life Is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free.™

The theme was created by a student at Solon Middle School in Solon, Ohio.

The school will receive national recognition and $500 in Red Ribbon Theme merchandise from Nimco, Inc.

Stay tuned for the release of the 2018 Red Ribbon Planning Guide and other wonderful materials.

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5 Ways to Celebrate Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31)

Posted on 10/23/2017 @ 10:01 AM

It's Red Ribbon Week® (October 23-31)!

The Red Ribbon Campaign® is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the Nation and a way for people and communities take a visible stand against drugs. We want to help our nation's children reach their full potential.

Red Ribbon is intended to be fun AND effective. Here are 5 ways to celebrate:

  1. Communicate with children about the importance of staying drug free and the meaning behind this year's theme: "Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free.™"
  2. Educate, educate, educate. It's not just about wearing red or crazy socks. Here are some curriculum ideas for each grade level.
  3. Enter our photo contest. It's a great way to get the conversation started and it also supports schools across America.
  4. Make it social. Show your support for Red Ribbon on Facebook and Twitter.
  5. Take a stab at creating next year's theme. You'll get national recognition and lots of free Red Ribbon merchandise.

The National Family Partnership thanks you for your participation and your unwavering support!

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Message To President Trump

Posted on 10/20/2017 @ 10:01 AM

The Red Ribbon Campaign has the potential to be your “March of Dimes,” @realDonaldTrump.

The Drug problem cannot be solved without winning the hearts and minds of individuals across America. Individuals must be asked to participate in solving the drug (opioid) problem. Solving the drug problem requires individual decision making, actions and taking responsibility.

President Roosevelt’s March of Dimes is a great example of public health problem solving by participation. He asked everyone including children to participate. Children put a dime a day in a card and Friday proudly marched to the front of the room and dropped the card into a fish bowl. When Jonas Salk discovered the polio vaccine, every child in America felt a sense of purpose, unity and accomplishment! How long has it been since we have given people a sense of purpose?

October 23-31 is @redribbonweek. It's widely recognized and supported by schools and groups across America.

Your support of Red Ribbon is a first step in acknowledging the importance of grassroots solutions. The 2nd step is determining how to make it your March of Dimes.

Mr. President, do you want to know more about Red Ribbon (Oct. 23-31) and how to turn it into a March of Dimes to solve the opioid epidemic? @realDonaldTrump Tweet us.

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2017 Red Ribbon Social Media Tools

By Amy Goldstein on 09/01/2017 @ 03:34 PM

Virtual Red Ribbon Campaign Tools

Share your support for Red Ribbon Week with your friends and followers! Together, we can send a clear message across America. All you have to do to participate is tweet or post on Facebook with any or all of the suggested language below to spread the word about Red Ribbon Week: See the examples below, copy the language you want to use on your blog or social networking site and start spreading the message! We also encourage you to take a photo of your favorite drug-free activities and post on Instagram with #redribbonweek and #yolobedrugfree.

Sample Facebook Posts

  • Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free. – Celebrate Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31).
  • It’s Red Ribbon Week and I am taking a stand against drugs. Join me. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge
  • Today, I’m honoring Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent who died while fighting substance abuse. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week 2016. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge
  • Today, I'm joining teens, parents, teachers, and other citizens across America in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31), the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation.
  • Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week. Our children have the right to grow up drug free – and we have the responsibility to make that happen. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge
  • I’m entering the Red Ribbon Photo Contest to win an iPad and $1,000 for my school. You can enter too at www.redribbon.org/contest
  • I’m a teacher who believes in a drug free future for my students. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31)
  • I’m a parent who believes in a drug free future for my children. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31).

Sample Tweets

  • Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free. Celebrate #RedRibbonWeek (October 23-31). #yourfutureiskeysostaydrugfree
  • It’s Red Ribbon Week and I am taking a stand against drugs. Join me. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge. #RedRibbonWeek #yourfutureiskeysostaydrugfree
  • Today, I’m honoring Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent who died while fighting substance abuse. Join me. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge . #RedRibbonWeek
  • Today, I'm joining teens, parents, teachers, and other citizens across America in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31), the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. #RedRibbonWeek
  • Join me in celebrating #RedRibbonWeek. Our children have the right to grow up drug free – and we have the responsibility to make that happen. #yourfutureiskeysostaydrugfree
  • Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge. #RedRibbonWeek #yourfutureiskeysostaydrugfree
  • I’m entering the Red Ribbon Photo Contest to win an iPad and $1,000 for my school. You can enter too at www.redribbon.org/contest. #RedRibbonWeek
  • I’m a teacher who believes in a drug free future for my students. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31). #redribbonweek #yourfutureiskeysostaydrugfree
  • I’m a parent who believes in a drug free future for my children. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31). #redribbonweek #yourfutureiskeysostaydrugfree

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Red Ribbon Week 2017 7th Annual Photo Contest: "Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free"

Posted on 08/18/2017 @ 01:03 PM

The National Family Partnership (NFP), invites families and schools across America to participate in its 6th Annual National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest.

The National Family Partnership (NFP), invites families and schools across America to participate in its 6th Annual National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest. The contest, which is co-sponsored by the DEA, will be held in conjunction with the 31st Annual Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31). 

“Students will once again take the Red Ribbon Campaign prevention message into their homes, neighborhoods and schools with this contest,” said NFP President Peggy Sapp. “It’s a fun and creative way for parents and schools to educate children about the dangers of drug use while they decorate their homes and schools using this year’s theme, “Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free.”

Entries will be accepted from Oct. 1 through Nov. 2 and the winners will be announced on December 1. This year, $20,000 will be awarded to schools in ten regions across the country.

Check Out This Video About The Contest

Here's how to enter:

Students and families decorate their home’s front door, mailbox or fence with a double-looped red ribbon and the theme, “Your Future Is Key So Stay Drug Free”

Schools (K-12) may decorate their school campus with a double-looped red ribbon and the theme, “Your Future Is Key So Stay Drug Free.” Decorations should be in a visible location on the school campus.

Take a photo with your decoration and upload it to RedRibbon.org/contest October 1 (12:00 am ET) to November 2 (11:59pm ET). You must be 18 years or older to upload the photo and can do so from any desktop or mobile device.

Ask family and friends to vote for your entry beginning November 3 (12:00am ET) to November 17 (11:59pm ET). The winners will be announced December 2nd.

10 Families in the Home Decoration category with the most votes in each region will win an iPad for the family and $1,000 to be used towards drug prevention at a K-12 school of their choosing.

10 schools in the School Decoration category with the most votes in each region will win an iPad (for the school employee or PTA member who entered on behalf of the school) and $1,000 to be used towards drug prevention at the school.

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Meet The 2017 Red Ribbon Theme Winner

Posted on 03/16/2017 @ 10:01 PM

We recently announced the 2017 National Red Ribbon Theme, Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free. Now, we are proud to announce the winner of the theme contest: Iris Yu, a student at Solon Middle School in Solon, Ohio.

The school will receive national recognition and $500 in Red Ribbon Theme merchandise from Nimco, Inc. In addition to the attention she is receiving from her school community, Iris is receiving a great deal of support from her family.

"Our whole family is very excited and proud of Iris, especially her little brother," said Wei Yu, Iris' mom. "This topic is important to me as it's important to everyone. Aside from all the social problems caused by drug abuse, as a parent, it’s just heartbreaking to see kids being victimized by drugs [when] they could have a bright future."

Iris, who entered along with hundreds of classmates thanks to the dedication of her media arts teacher Cheryl Holsapfel, didn’t think she was going to win but had a good time trying.

“I [had] fun trying to think of various slogans,” said Iris. “I think that drug prevention is important because [drug use] has been popularized by pop culture and the media. I came up with the theme by first considering what doing drugs would affect, and the obvious answer to me was your future. The rest of the words kind of just fell into place afterwards.”

Holsapfel participates each year in the contest as a way to talk with her students about drugs. All of her students enter the contest and have done so for the past few years. Holsapfel’s intended message clearly got through to Iris.

“Drugs not only affect your brain, but your future as well,” said Iris. “You don't get a second future. It's why you do a lot of the things you do…in hopes of having a good future.”

To Iris’ mom, her daughter’s message for her peers across America is clear.

"There are so many beautiful places you could go. There are unlimited possibilities for you to explore. So don't let drugs ruin it."

Stay tuned for the release of the 2017 Red Ribbon Planning Guide and other wonderful materials available at www.redribbon.org/downloads.

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The 2017 Red Ribbon Theme Is Here!

Posted on 02/22/2017 @ 09:01 PM

We are so excited we can hardly contain ourselves. It's our pleasure to announce the 2017 National Red Ribbon Week theme: Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free™.

The theme was created by a student at Solon Middle School in Solon, Ohio.

The school plans to recognize the student on Friday, February 24th, at which point we'll announce the name of the winner. We don't want to spoil the surprise!

The school will receive national recognition and $500 in Red Ribbon Theme merchandise from Nimco, Inc.

Stay tuned for the release of the 2017 Red Ribbon Planning Guide and other wonderful materials.

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Announcing the 2016 Red Ribbon Photo Contest Winners

By National Family Partnership on 12/02/2016 @ 11:59 PM

‘Tis the season for giving! Today, 20 creative teams across the nation found out they are winners of $1,000 each from the National Family Partnership and the Drug Enforcement Administration as part of the National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest. The 10 winning families who decorated their homes and the 10 winning schools who decorated their campuses with this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme: “YOLO. Be Drug Free,” earn $1,000 each for their local schools and an iPad for the family or the person who entered on behalf of the school. The contest was part of the annual National Red Ribbon Week® celebration – the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention campaign.

The contest, sponsored by the National Family Partnership (NFP) and co-sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), encouraged families and schools nationwide to decorate their homes and campuses with this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme, “YOLO. Be Drug Free™.” Contest participants uploaded their photos and then asked others to vote for their entry. The entries with the most votes in each of the 10 regions in each category (home entry and school entry) won the contest.

“An estimated 80 million people celebrate Red Ribbon Week each year,” says NFP President Peggy Sapp. “We designed the contest to involve families, schools, and communities in delivering the drug prevention message to children while promoting a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.”

Close to 100,000 votes were cast in support of the more than 400 contest entries. Money earned for winning the contest will go to drug education and prevention programs.

See all 2016 photo entries at www.redribbon.org/contest/winners.

Red Ribbon Week began in 1985 after the abduction and murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. The first ever National Red Ribbon Week was organized by the National Family Partnership in 1988. NFP continues to sponsor the campaign for families, schools and communities across the nation each year. Since its inception, the campaign has touched millions of lives to promote and celebrate drug free living.

“Congratulations to all of the Red Ribbon Photo Contest participants,” said Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “This is a great way to spread the prevention message and educate students and families about drug abuse.”

School Entries

  • Region 1 - Braintree High School - Braintree, Massachusetts
  • Region 2 - Red Bank Middle School - Red Bank, New Jersey
  • Region 3 - Ingomar Middle School - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Region 4 - Orlando Science Elementary - Orlando, Florida
  • Region 5 - Allen East High School - Bluffton, Ohio
  • Region 6 - Milan Elementary School - Milan, New Mexico
  • Region 7 - Cameron R-I School District - Cameron, Missouri
  • Region 8 - Naples Elementary School - Vernal, Utah
  • Region 9 - Charles G. Emery Elementary School -Buena Park, California
  • Region 10 - Riley Creek School - Gold Beach, Oregon

ARCpoint Labs Winner

  • Air Base K-8 Center For International Education - Jeniffer Gude

Home Entries

  • Region 1 The Rivera Family - Paul R Baird Middle School - Ludlow, Massachusetts
  • Region 2 The Johnston Family - Geneseo Central School - Geneseo, New York
  • Region 3 The Spencer Family - Abingdon Elementary School - Gloucester County, Virginia
  • Region 4 The Trought Family - Grayson High School - Loganville, Georgia
  • Region 5 The McGovern Family - St. Eugene School - Chicago, Illinois
  • Region 6 The McDonald Family - Mountain Peak Elementary School - Midlothian, Texas
  • Region 7 The Paulson Family - Dora R-III - Dora, Missouri
  • Region 8 The Hejna Family - Gayville-Volin High School - Gayville, South Dakota
  • Region 9 The Oliva Family - Country Hills Elementary - Brea, California
  • Region 10 The Carino Family - North Valley High School - Grants Pass, Oregon

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Thank you for your participation

By National Family Partnership on 11/17/2016 @ 11:59 PM

The National Family Partnership (NFP) thanks all the families and schools who participated in the 2016 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest. We truly appreciate your involvement and your efforts to share the Red Ribbon message with others in your communities. The voting period is now over and winners will be announced December 2nd at www.redribbon.org.

We can't wait to share the winners with you and recognize the outstanding achievements of so many families and schools across America.

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NFP Announces Special Bonus Prize In Red Ribbon Photo Contest, Courtesy Of ARCpoint Labs

By Amy Goldstein on 09/29/2016 @ 11:04 AM

NFP is excited to announce that through a generous donation from ARCpoint Labs, an extra $1,000 prize will be awarded to a school entry with the most votes in one of the over 100 ARCpoint Labs franchises across the US. To see if your school is eligible for this special bonus prize, click here to find out if there’s an ARCpoint Labs location near you. Find out more about the contest here.

ARCpoint Labs is a full-service national third-party provider/administrator providing Accurate, Reliable, and Confidential drug, alcohol, DNA and steroid testing, employment/background and wellness screening and corporate wellness programs. The company is passionate about doing everything they can to reduce drug abuse, including offering the following “ARCpointers” for parents, guardians and educators in their local communities during Red Ribbon Week.

10 Tips To Prevent Drug Use Among Children

  1. Trust The Senses: The easiest way to detect if a child has been using drugs is to rely on the senses. Some drugs will leave behind an odor. Teenagers will often times seek to mask the scent with breath mints, cologne/perfume, or sprays. Drug use can cause a change in speaking patterns too. Signs of drug use may include communicating less, speaking slower or faster, or noticeably slurring. Many drugs will cause dilation of pupils, red or watery eyes, and a change in posture. Finally, drastic changes in mood after being out with friends may be a sign that drug activity took place.

    Tip: Be present and focused during interactions with children and teens. Know their preferred deodorant, cologne/perfume, type of gum, etc. Open up dialogue with something positive such as, “That’s a nice new scent - what is that?”
  2. If They Check Out, Check In: One of the prime signs of drug use is a decline in participation in activities and a departure from established behavior patterns. During the school year, this can mean skipping classes or even a decline in academic performance. During the summer, it may mean avoiding time with family or their usual groups of friends. Many teenagers naturally experience change in mood, personality, and need more “alone time” during these formative years, but if there is a drastic disconnect between family, friends, and formerly regular activities, then it may likely be time to open up dialogue.

    Tip: Be respectful of the time that children need alone, but as a parent, make sure to allocate time for them. Find opportunities to spend time with them in an environment where they are comfortable (dinner, sporting event, fishing trip, visit to the mall) and let conversation develop naturally.
  3. Surf Their Social Media: Teens are very likely to get upset if a parent “monitors” them on social media, but it does offer increased access to indicators of potential drug or alcohol use. Look for statements that seem suspicious, changes in the type or tone of their posts, or posting of pictures, song lyrics, or video clips that appear to have connection to drug culture.

    Tip: Establish requirements to connect on all social media platforms that they join from an early age. Get educated on the various social media platforms available and the “unwritten rules” that govern the way people engage. Take an interest in the opinions or patterns of expression and use them as a way to connect outside of social media. Be careful not to embarrass them by too much interaction on social media; they may shut down this and other important lines of communication, or even look for other more discreet means to communicate with friends.
  4. Be Wary of New Kids on The Block: The introduction of new friends or an interest in spending time with new or different peer groups could be a sign of drug use. It is of course natural for many teenagers to develop a variety of different friends. They certainly may change their interests from year to year - and the type of friends that they associate with as a result. But, it’s important to know whom they spend time with, and what home situations exist within the households of these friends. Additionally, teenage romantic relationships can often come with pressures to adopt certain interests, behaviors and opinions, including drug experimentation or use.

    Tip: Ask questions about new friends and demonstrate a genuine interest in the types of people with whom they are spending time. Relate to them by sharing personal stories about friends from middle school, high school, and college. Take the time to learn who new friends are, and ask about their parents and home situation. Be engaged in activities, organizations, or events that give access to the parents of friends.
  5. Listen for Signs That They Want to Talk: When establishing a relationship of open dialogue and understanding, children might feel uncomfortable discussing situations or relationships where drugs have been introduced. Look for comments that may reveal a desire to have a deeper chat about the implications of drug experimentation or concerns about social or romantic impacts of responses to drug introduction.

    Tip: Ask questions. Find times to just listen and offer opportunities to discuss issues related to drug use. Look for issues and situations in the news, pop culture events, TV shows, music, and movies that allow you to open up dialogue about issues related to drug use and abuse.
  6. Look for Teachable Moments: As you’re going about your day, seek out opportunities to point out real life situations that can be used to spark an educational conversation. For example, witnessing a group of teens drinking or using drugs can be a time when a parent can discuss why it is wrong and how to address similar situations in which they may find themselves in the future. Also, news headlines, movie and TV plotlines, and music are all examples of places you can find examples to open a dialogue.

    Tip: If you notice something going on in your neighborhood while in the presence of your teen, take this time to discuss the negative effects that drugs and alcohol can have on your body and relationships. You can also use news stories as a way to provide a real life example of what can go wrong, as well as open up discussions based on things seen on TV or movies, or in the lyrics of songs.
  7. Find the Right Time to Talk and Come with a Plan: Make sure the conversation is focused between you and your teen. Know what you are going to say and establish what you want to accomplish from the conversation.

    Tip: Choose times that are already designated for serious discussion or reflection. For example, after dinner or before bed are times when teens are starting to wind down and have fewer distractions.
  8. Keep the Conversation Positive: When talking to your children about drugs, make sure they are aware that it is coming from a place of love and not a scare tactic. By presenting it in a positive manner, they will know they can talk to you about the topic.

    Tip: Focus on your concern for their health and well-being. Tell them you are trying to help them make good decisions by sharing information that they might not already know.
  9. Don’t Come with a Solution, Have Your Teen Think of One: When your teen comes to you with a question or brings up a real life incident, don’t immediately accuse or reprimand. Have your teen assess the situation and come up with a way the situation could have been handled differently.

    Tip: As a way to maintain a comfortable environment, ask things like, “What do you think should have been done differently?” Also, be sure to show understanding and say, “That sounds like a difficult situation. How did you feel about it?” Ask them things that give them room to participate.
  10. Practice Patience: If it comes to a point in the conversation where you can’t speak positively, leave the situation and come back to it the next day.

    Tip: Listen with respect and show encouragement. Repeat and summarize what your teen said to give you time to process and come up with the best way to handle the situation. Respond to the conversation with something like, “So what you’re saying is…”

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Have You Voted For Your Favorite?

By National Family Partnership on 09/15/2016 @ 11:04 AM

The National Family Partnership (NFP) invites people across America to vote in its 6th Annual National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest. Voting takes place through November 17th.The contest, which is co-sponsored by the DEA, has been held in conjunction with the 31st Annual Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31).

Students, families and schools decorated their homes and campuses with this year's Red Ribbon Theme: YOLO. Be Drug Free and a double looped red ribbon. Then, they snapped a photo of their decoration and entered them into the contest.

Now, they need your help with winning by obtaining your votes! This year, $20,000 will be awarded to schools in ten regions across the country.

So what are you waiting for? Vote for your favorite entry now!

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Red Ribbon Week 2016 Launches 6th Annual Photo Contest: "YOLO. Be Drug Free"

By Amy Goldstein on 09/15/2016 @ 11:04 AM

The National Family Partnership (NFP) invites families and schools across America to participate in its 6th Annual National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest. Entries will be accepted starting October 1. The contest, which is co-sponsored by the DEA, will be held in conjunction with the 31st Annual Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31).

“Students will spread the Red Ribbon Campaign prevention message in their homes, neighborhoods and schools as part of this contest,” said NFP President Peggy Sapp. “Parents and schools can use this fun and engaging opportunity to educate children about the dangers of drug use while they decorate their homes and schools using this year’s theme, “YOLO. Be Drug Free.”

Entries will be accepted through Nov. 2 and the winners will be announced on December 2.This year, $20,000 will be awarded to schools in ten regions across the country.

“We are pleased to support the Red Ribbon Photo Contest,” said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “During Red Ribbon Week, we celebrate drug-free lives and appreciate the commitment of families and educators to promote healthy choices.”

Check Out This Video About The Contest

Here's how to enter:

  • Students and families decorate their home’s front door, mailbox or fence with a double-looped red ribbon and the theme, “YOLO. Be Drug Free.”
  • Schools (K-12) may decorate their school campus with a double-looped red ribbon and the theme, “YOLO. Be Drug Free.” Decorations should be in a visible location on the school campus.
  • Take a photo with your decoration and upload it to RedRibbon.org/contest October 1 (12:00 am ET) to November 2 (11:59pm ET). You must be 18 years or older to upload the photo and can do so from any desktop or mobile device.
  • Ask family and friends to vote for your entry beginning November 3 (12:00am ET) to November 17 (11:59pm ET). The winners will be announced December 2.
  • 10 Families in the Home Decoration category with the most votes in each region will win an iPad for the family and $1,000 to be used towards drug prevention at a K-12 school of their choosing.
  • 10 schools in the School Decoration category with the most votes in each region will win an iPad (for the school employee or PTA member who entered on behalf of the school) and $1,000 to be used towards drug prevention at the school.

Learn more and enter at www.redribbon.org/contest.

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