Red Ribbon week is almost here! Red Ribbon is an awareness campaign that takes place nationally to encourage commitment to living drug free. Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was a catalyst for this campaign. He was a DEA special agent who was kidnapped and murdered by drug traffickers in 1985.
Every year, PreventEd puts on Red Ribbon training for school students in the St. Louis area. It is designed to give them the tools and the knowledge to plan their own Red Ribbon Week substance use awareness activities and then encourage them to continue those strategies beyond Red Ribbon Week.
What Does Red Ribbon Training Entail?
The annual Red Ribbon Training is one of our youth leadership opportunities targeted to middle school students. Sessions keep students in the know with the latest facts about topics that include:
- Stress management & ways to cope
- Prevention issues in the community
And the best thing? Red Ribbon Training is free!
After training is over, students can use the skills they have learned to host awareness events of their own and find ways to help make their communities healthier.
When Is Red Ribbon Hosted?
Red Ribbon Week is one of the most extensive drug prevention campaigns in the nation and takes place every year from October 23rd through the 31st. In 2021, PreventEd is hosting three virtual trainings on September 17th, 23rd, and 28th. We work hard to ensure that this year is just as engaging as in-person events.
How Can I Get My Students Involved?
If you want to get involved in Red Ribbon Week with your students, that’s great! To accommodate as many schools as possible in the area, each school is limited to 10 students. Register for one of the three Red Ribbon trainings on our events page, or contact Jessi Hogan with any questions.