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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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