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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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NFP Partners With Natural High During 2014 Red Ribbon Week

By Amy Goldstein on 09/05/2014 @ 11:04 AM

The National Family Partnership is delighted to be partnering with Natural High for the first-time ever for Red Ribbon Week!

Natural High is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that exists to inspire young people to pursue their passions and living a life they love, so they have a reason to say no to drugs and alcohol. Natural High's mission is perfectly aligned with this year's National Red Ribbon Theme: Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.

We love the Natural High videos and have recommended them to many educators and parents in the past. We want our children to see positive role models proudly endorsing a health, drug free lifestyle. Natural High reaches millions of youth in classrooms across the country with their free drug prevention video series. Sign up here to get on their mailing list and access their videos and curriculum.

Check out a sneak peak of the 2014 Natural High celebrity video series featuring their drug prevention ambassadors: Corbin Bleu, Tim Howard, Echosmith, Rob Machado and Switchfoot!

Watching Natural High videos is one of the many things you can do to make your Red Ribbon Week as impactful as possible. For more ideas, check out our Activities pages here.

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Red Ribbon Week 2014 Launches 4th Annual Photo Contest: "Love Yourself. Be Drug Free"

By Amy Goldstein on 08/26/2014 @ 11:04 AM

Students (K-12) Can Win $1,000 for Their Schools and an iPad 2 for themselves

The National Family Partnership (NFP) announced the new contest for the 2014 Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31: “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.”  The nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention campaign reaches more than 80 million people nationwide.  “As schools across America celebrate Red Ribbon Week this year, students will take the message home,” said Peggy Sapp, NFP’s volunteer president.  “By entering the contest and decorating their homes together, families carry the message to their communities.”

Students (K-12) bring the Red Ribbon message home and together, as a family, decorate their home front door, mailbox or fence with this year's theme and a red ribbon (double looped, like a bow). Parents (18 or older) can upload photos to www.redribbon.org/contest starting October 1st. Then friends and family can vote for their entry, November 5-19. The entries with most votes will win. Learn more about the contest here.

Check Out This Video About The Contest

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Download The 2015 Red Ribbon Planning Guide

Posted on 07/24/2014 @ 01:00 PM

Want Great Red Ribbon Week Ideas?

The Red Ribbon Planning Guide is just what you need to get started.Click here to download the 2015 Red Ribbon Planning Guide or below to view it.

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Introducing The 2014 Red Ribbon Theme

Posted on 02/11/2014 @ 12:09 PM

Introducing...The 2014 Red Ribbon Theme: Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.™

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Congratulations to Alexa Dougherty, a 7th grader at S.S. Steward Institute in New York, for creating the 2014 Red Ribbon Theme: “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.”

“I came up with the theme, ‘Love Yourself. Be Drug Free,’ because drugs are such a harmful thing for your body,” said Alexa. “If you are choosing not to take them, you obviously love yourself because you aren’t harming yourself. “

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Alexa’s Language Arts teacher, Lynn McGovern, learned about the National Family Partnership’s 2014 Red Ribbon Theme Contest from the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Orange County and decided to make the contest part of her lesson plan.

“I wanted the kids to participate in the contest because I want to expose them to prevention education,” said McGovern. “Red Ribbon Week is a great opportunity to expose students to the importance of being drug free.”

“Alexa is very creative, she loves school and she loves doing the right thing,” said Theresa Dougherty, Alexa’s mother. “Drug prevention is important to me as a parent because I want Alexa to have the best life possible. I’m so proud of her.”

Left to Right: James Conklin, Executive Director of The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County, Lynn McGovern, Teacher at SS Seward and Red Ribbon liaison, Theresa Dougherty, Mother of Alexa, Alexa Dougherty, and Susan Moore, Assistant Principal of SS Seward.

Alexa Dougherty won $500 in Red Ribbon theme merchandise from the National Family Partnership for her school, S.S. Steward Institute in Florida, New York, for Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31, 2014. In addition to her prize, she is bringing national recognition to her school and community. Members of the school, Alexa's family and the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County are beaming with pride.

"The Orange County Red Ribbon Committee was started by two individuals in 1990 and started out very small," said James Conklin, Executive Director of The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County. "I am absolutely thrilled and proud that it has grown into such a well-known campaign in our county and that one of our own residents has been nationally recognized for her anti-drug slogan. The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council offers its sincere congratulations to Alexa and is confident that she will serve as a role model to her peers and the Orange County community at large.”

The Red Ribbon Theme Contest is held each Fall. The winning slogan and design are used throughout the following year at thousands of schools and communities across America. In its 29th year as the nation's largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, Red Ribbon Week® reaches 80 million people each year throughout the United States.

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