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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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New Red Ribbon Week Curriculum Ideas

By Amy Goldstein on 09/13/2016 @ 12:34 PM

Looking for Red Ribbon Week classroom activities?

We've got you covered! Check out our new Red Ribbon Week curriculum ideas for all grade levels at www.redribbon.org/curriculum.

Remember, Red Ribbon Week is an awareness campaign and it is also truly wonderful opportunity to introduce research based prevention activities in your classroom and school.

Red Ribbon Week curriculum resources include:

  • Interactive Activities for grades K-12, including videos, lesson plans and more
  • Art & Drama ideas
  • Health & Science activities
  • History & Social Studies projects
  • Language Arts activities
  • Math activities and more!

We hope you enjoy the list of ideas we've compiled. We encourage you to reach out to us if you have additional activity ideas to suggest!

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2016 Red Ribbon Social Media Tools

By Amy Goldstein on 09/01/2016 @ 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

  • Yolo. Be 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

  • Yolo. Be Drug Free. Celebrate #RedRibbonWeek (October 23-31). #youonlyliveonce #yolobedrugfree
  • It’s Red Ribbon Week and I am taking a stand against drugs. Join me. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge. #RedRibbonWeek #yolobedrugfree
  • 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. #yolobedrugfree
  • Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge. #RedRibbonWeek #yolobedrugfree
  • 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 #yolobedrugfree
  • 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 #yolobedrugfree

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Guest Blog: The True Meaning Of This Year’s Red Ribbon Week Theme: YOLO. Be Drug Free.®

Posted on 07/05/2016 @ 01:01 PM

By Guest Blogger: Brian Green, Prevention Educator Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio

For decades, phrases such as “one lives but once in the world,” and “carpe diem,” or “seize the day,” have encouraged people that life should be enjoyed because they will never again have a chance. Today, we have “YOLO,” or “you only live once.” Though not a new concept, the phrase has grown in popularity in recent years, particularly because of its association with music and popular culture.

For some individuals, “YOLO” has become an excuse to believe that “because we only live once, we should pursue a high-risk lifestyle of drinking and drug use.” However, these individuals are part of a minority of youth who think this way.

In American popular culture, drinking and drug use are often portrayed as a norm, where in reality they are not. Similarly, it might seem as if “YOLO” is entirely about these negative choices, but from speaking with many youths in the community, it is actually just the opposite. This was made very clear to me this recently in Columbus, Ohio at the “We Are Majority Rally, where it was obvious that a large majority of youth believe in a drug-free future.

Statistically, most youths do not use drugs and alcohol, and when they hear “YOLO,” that is the exact reason why. They know that they only have one chance at life and rather than wasting it on drugs and alcohol, they embrace healthy activities. These students take good care of their bodies and minds and refrain from engaging in unhealthy behaviors that could cause long-term damage.

Therefore, as Red Ribbon Week organizers and volunteers, we need to continue to reinforce the positive message behind “YOLO. Be Drug Free®”and inform anyone who mistakenly confuses YOLO to mean anything other than living your best life, taking care of your body and mind and being drug free.

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Mourning The Loss Of Nancy Reagan

Posted on 03/07/2016 @ 12:01 PM

The National Family Partnership (NFP), formerly the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth, and its affiliates across America are deeply saddened by the loss of our former honorary chair, Nancy Reagan. The former First Lady was an inspiration and a catalyst for preventing generations of children from experiencing the devastating consequences of addiction.

Reagan served as Honorary Chair from 1980 to 1988, during her husband, Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Through her presence and promotion of many educational campaigns, such as The Chemical People, Just Say No and the Red Ribbon Campaign, Nancy Reagan served as the face of The Parent Movement, a movement in which tens of thousands of concerned parents across the US worked together to successfully reduced casual drug use by 50% between 1978 and 1991, according to the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Many of NFP’s founders recall Reagan’s passion and commitment for promoting drug prevention for children. With her help, the organization’s voice was loud and clear against forces that promoted drug use as being normal and recreational.

“Nancy Reagan was a wonderful woman and we will never forget her willingness to stick her neck out for our children and her impact on kids across America,” said NFP President Peggy Sapp. “She continues to serve as an inspiration as we face the latest drug epidemic: prescription drug abuse and heroin.”

The National Family Partnership will be making a donation to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in honor of Reagan’s dedication to helping kids grow up safe, healthy and drug free.

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THE NATIONAL FAMILY PARTNERSHIP was established in 1980 and is a national leader in drug prevention, education and advocacy. Its mission is to lead our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug-free youth. Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign. NFP created the campaign in response to the 1985 abduction and murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. In 2008, the Lock Your Meds campaign was created in response to the prescription drug abuse epidemic. Learn more about NFP at www.nfp.org.

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2016 Theme Announcement!

Posted on 02/10/2016 @ 12:01 PM

We are delighted to announce the 2016 National Red Ribbon Week Theme: "YOLO. Be Drug Free.™"

The theme was created by Kristopher Jeremiah Oakes and Logan Brehm, sixth graders at Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School in Claysburg, Pennsylvania. Danielle Simpson, school counselor at Claysburg-Kimmel, encouraged all sixth graders at the school to submit their ideas for the Red Ribbon Week theme contest. The school will receive national recognition and $500 in Red Ribbon Theme merchandise from Nimco, Inc.

Today, the school is recognizing the students for their outstanding achievement. Stay tuned for pictures from the event and more info about the theme!

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Thank You For Your Participation!

Posted on 11/19/2015 @ 12:01 AM

Now that the voting period in the 2015 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest has ended, we'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who participated!

We received several hundred entries from homes and schools across the country - and were greatly inspired by your photos. Apparently, we weren't the only ones who loved your Red Ribbon Week photos, featuring this year's theme; close to a quarter of a million votes were cast on your behalf!

We look forward to announcing contest winners on December 4th.

Thanks to all who participated, whether by entering, voting or spreading the word. Your involvement in this contest helped spread the drug free message in homes, neighborhoods, schools and communities.

Special thanks to our generous co-sponsors, the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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It's Red Ribbon Week!

Posted on 10/23/2015 @ 01:00 PM

It's Red Ribbon Week® (October 23-31)! Thirty years ago, DEA Special Agent Kiki Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in Mexico. Kiki's death was the catalyst that led to the creation of the Red Ribbon Campaign, now the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the US. We know Kiki would be proud of the millions of people participating in drug free celebrations in his honor in schools and communities across the country and beyond. This year's theme, "Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.™", created by a middle school student in Ohio, sends a powerful, positive message to our children - and we invite you to join us in spreading that message.

Enter The 5th Annual Red Ribbon Photo Contest

We are giving out $20,000 to schools across America. We invite you to enter the contest. Watch our video one-minute video and share it!

Other Ways To Spread The Message

We look forward to your participation!

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Red Ribbon Week 2015 Launches 5th Annual Photo Contest: "Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free"

By Amy Goldstein on 10/01/2015 @ 11:04 AM

Today is the day! The National Family Partnership (NFP), invites families and schools across America to participate in its 5th Annual National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest. Entries are now being accepted. The contest, which is co-sponsored by the DEA, will be held in conjunction with the 30th 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, “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.”

Entries will be accepted through Nov. 3 and the winners will be announced on December 4.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, “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.”
  • Schools (K-12) may decorate their school campus with a double-looped red ribbon and the theme, “Respect Yourself. 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 3 (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 4 (12:00am ET) to November 18 (11:59pm ET). The winners will be announced December 4th.
  • 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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Get Ready For Red Ribbon Week 2015

Posted on 09/21/2015 @ 01:00 PM

Are you ready for 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. This year's theme, "Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.™", created by a middle school student in Ohio, is a wonderful, positive message to share - and we invite you to join us.

Enter The Red Ribbon Photo Contest

We are giving out $20,000 to schools across America. We invite you to enter the contest. Watch our video one-minute video and share it!

Other Ways To Get Ready

We look forward to your participation!

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Introducing The 2015 National Red Ribbon Week Youth Ambassador

Posted on 07/22/2015 @ 05:29 PM

The National Family Partnership is proud to announce that this year’s National Red Ribbon Week Youth Ambassador is Johanna Colón of Raleigh, North Carolina. Johanna was selected for her tremendous spirit, wonderful dance skills, commitment to healthy activities, kindness towards others, leadership qualities, self-confidence and her self-respect – all demonstrated in a three-minute, viral YouTube video, viewed by an estimated 70 million people. Johanna’s qualities and her song selection tie in perfectly with this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme: Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.™

“When we respect ourselves, we make healthy choices and we protect our bodies and minds,” said Peggy Sapp, president of the National Family Partnership. “Johanna’s contagious energy, enthusiasm, spirit, leadership qualities and self-confidence make her the perfect youth ambassador and representative for this year’s theme.” No stranger to Red Ribbon Week, Johanna celebrates the event every year at her local elementary school in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“Red Ribbon Week is so much fun and I am very excited,” said Johanna. “When you respect yourself, you love yourself, you are healthy and you don’t do drugs. I hope I can help a lot of kids.”

Coincidentally, Johanna’s mom, Elissa Colón, is a former elementary school teacher who organized Red Ribbon Week activities each year for students at her school.

“My first reaction when hearing that Johanna was selected to be a Youth Ambassador for Red Ribbon Week was sheer excitement,” said Elissa Colón. “I think it’s an amazing opportunity for her to learn what a difference she can make in this world. As a parent and former teacher, Red Ribbon Week is important to me because I want my children and other children to succeed in life and be productive, happy adults, which would not be possible if they engage in drug use.”

Elissa Colón sees Red Ribbon Week as a gift to parents and schools – and a wonderful opportunity to introduce a sometimes difficult, but nonetheless important, topic to children. “I would encourage all parents to take advantage of Red Ribbon Week and use it as a fun, non-threatening way to engage their children in conversations about being healthy, respecting themselves and staying drug free.”

As the Youth Ambassador, Johanna will help spread the Red Ribbon Week message in her local schools; at national Red Ribbon events; online through social media; through print, TV and online media interviews and other opportunities as they arise.

Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31) is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, celebrated by an estimated 80 million people each year. Learn more about ways to celebrate Red Ribbon Week here.

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2015 Red Ribbon Social Media Tools

By Amy Goldstein on 04/08/2015 @ 03:34 PM

Virtual Red Ribbon Campaign Tools

Participating in Red Ribbon Week just got even easier! We encourage you to participate to help us spread the 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!

Sample Facebook Posts

  • Respect Yourself. Be 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 2015. 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

  • Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free. Celebrate #RedRibbonWeek (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. #RedRibbonWeek
  • 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 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. #RedRibbonWeek
  • 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
  • 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

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Introducing the 2015 Red Ribbon Theme

Posted on 02/20/2015 @ 12:09 PM

Introducing...The 2015 Red Ribbon Theme: Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.™

“I am so excited and happy,” said Kristofer Calhoun, winner of the 2015 National Red Ribbon Theme Contest, shortly after his surprise recognition ceremony at Solon Middle School in Solon, Ohio. “I am shocked that I won out of so many entries.”

The 2015 National Red Ribbon theme is “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.”

“Respecting yourself means looking at yourself every day and treating yourself like you would treat someone you loved most in the world,” said Kristofer, 13. “If you do drugs, you really don’t have self-confidence and you don’t respect yourself."

Check out 2015 Red Ribbon Theme Products

For Kristofer’s mother, Lori Calhoun, the topic hits close to home. “My father was addicted to prescription drugs and I’ve experienced the impact of addiction first-hand,” said Lori. “He overdosed when I was a junior in high school and I was the one to find him and get him help.”

Lori Calhoun’s personal experience with the issue makes Kristofer’s win that much more meaningful. “I’m so proud that Kristofer is taking a stand against underage drinking and drug use,” said Lori. “I’m so excited for him!”

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 2015 in thousands of schools and communities across America. In its 30th year as the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, Red Ribbon Week® reaches over 100 million people each year throughout the United States. In addition to national recognition, Kristofer’s school, Solon Middle School, will also receive $500 worth of 2015 Red Ribbon Week® theme merchandise.

Left to Right: Cheryl Holsapfel, Lori Calhoun, Kristofer Calhoun, Principal Genie Green and Laurel Greene, S.A.Y. Counselor

This is the second year that Solon Middle School won the National Red Ribbon Theme contest, thanks to proud Red Ribbon supporter and digital arts teacher Cheryl Holsapfel, who encourages her students to enter the contest every year. Aly Falck, a former Solon Middle 7th grader, won the contest in 2013.

“I’m so proud of Kristofer,” said Holsapfel. “It couldn’t have happened to a nicer student.”

For those students considering using alcohol or drugs, Kristofer Calhoun offered some advice. “Think about how it affects you,” said Calhoun. “Think about how it will affect the people around you who love and care about you.”

Thank you, Kristofer, for your wonderful slogan and your inspiring message to children and families across America.

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This Red Ribbon Week, Win $1,000 For Your School and an iPad For Your Family

By Amy Goldstein on 09/08/2014 @ 03:34 PM

Nearly nine percent of United States youths ages 12 to 17 use illicit drugs, according to the National Survey of Drug Use Health’s Summary of National Findings. The same study showed that substance use by adolescents could be prevented through early interventions, including parental involvement. In fact, 96 percent of youths who perceived strong parental disapproval for trying marijuana once or twice remained drug free.

In an effort to prevent drug use and educate youth, the National Family Partnership (NFP) invites families and schools across America to participate in its Annual Red Ribbon Photo Contest, in conjunction with the 29th Annual Red Ribbon Week.

“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 to educate their children about the dangers of drug use while they decorate their homes using this year’s theme, ‘Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.’”

Ten families across America will be selected to win the grand prize: an iPad and $1,000 donation to a K-12 school of their choosing. There will also be one prize awarded for a school decoration. Watch the precious reaction of one of last year’s young winners. Here’s how to enter:

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, “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.” Schools may decorate any part of their campus.
  • Take a photo with your decoration and upload it to RedRibbon.org/contest from Oct. 1 – Nov. 4. 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 Nov. 5.
  • Eleven winners will be announced Dec. 5.

Click here for the contest rules.

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Enter The Red Ribbon Photo Contest Today!

By Amy Goldstein on 09/08/2014 @ 03:34 PM

The Red Ribbon Photo Contest is here! Starting today through November 4th, you may enter the contest HERE.

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, “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.” Schools may decorate any part of their campus.
  • Take a photo with your decoration and upload it to RedRibbon.org/contest from Oct. 1 – Nov. 4. 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 Nov. 5.
  • Eleven winners will be announced Dec. 5.

Click here for the contest rules.

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2014 Red Ribbon Social Media Tools

By Amy Goldstein on 09/08/2014 @ 03:34 PM

Virtual Red Ribbon Campaign Tools

Participating in Red Ribbon Week just got even easier! We encourage you to participate to help us spread the 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!

Sample Facebook Posts

  • Love Yourself. Be 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 2014. 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 iPad2 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

  • Love Yourself. Be Drug Free. Celebrate #RedRibbonWeek (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. #RedRibbonWeek
  • 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 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. #RedRibbonWeek
  • I’m entering the Red Ribbon Photo Contest to win an iPad2 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
  • 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

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