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Red Ribbon Week – Get Involved

Red Ribbon Week – Get Involved

Red Ribbon Week is here! Between October 23 and 31, 2014, HEARTS for Families and organizations across the country will be promoting drug prevention education & advocacy.

Red Ribbon Week is hosted annually by the National Family Partnership and has the mission of leading and supporting our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug free youth. This year, the theme of the week is “love yourself, be drug free” and there are so many ways for teens and adults to get involved in promoting drug prevention.

 Ways to get involved in Red Ribbon Week

  • Enter the Red Ribbon Photo Contest – Parents and teens need to team up to decorate their home’s front door, mailbox or fence with a double-looped Red Ribbon and the theme, “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.” You could win $1,000 for your school and an iPad for your family!
  • Take the pledge – Sign the Red Ribbon Pledge and commit to helping your children and the children in your lives stay drug free!
  • Talk about it – the National Survey of Drug Use Health’s Summary of National Findings found that 96% of youths who perceived strong parental disapproval for trying marijuana once or twice remained drug free. Use Red Ribbon Week as a conversation starter!
  • Tweet about it – Awareness is an important part of prevention. Follow Red Ribbon Week (@redribbonweek) and HEARTS for Families (@HEARTS4Families) on Twitter for drug prevention statistics and information that you can retweet to your followers.
  • Vote – We hosted our own Red Ribbon Week contest at two Waycross middle schools. Students created their own messages based on this year’s theme “love yourself, be drug free.” Once their ideas were fully developed, students were given red Solo cups to put their message on the fence in front of their schools. Now we need you to vote for your favorite on Facebook!

Don’t feel like you need to fit everything into one week; you should be a drug prevention advocate 365 days a year. Keep checking out our blog and social media channels for tips on how to keep your kids drug free and how to get the rest of your community involved in doing the same.

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