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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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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