Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

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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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