Informed Families, Florida’s resource on positive parenting, is offering a helping hand to parents across the state on how to talk to their kids about drugs and alcohol just in time for the 28th annual Red Ribbon Week.
Informed Families’ new Parent Guide provides several useful tips on getting the conversation started, including sitting down together for family meals and getting kids engaged in after school activities.
Families can visit FLRedRibbon.com to download the free Parent Guide. The website also offers an Ambassador Toolkit for educators who are interested in promoting the upcoming Red Ribbon Week in their schools and communities. In addition, Informed Families is encouraging everyone to show their enthusiasm for Red Ribbon Week through social media. Members of the community are invited to “wear red this month and use the hashtags, #LiveRed and #FLRedRibbon, in photos posted on social media networks.
As the Florida sponsor of Red Ribbon Week, Informed Families is also calling for entries to participate in this year's national Red Ribbon Week contest. Here’s how to enter to win $1,000 for your K-12 school and an iPad for the home.
First, students bring the Red Ribbon Week message home by working alongside parents to decorate their front door, mailbox or fence with a red ribbon and this year’s theme, “A Healthy Me Is Drug Free.”
Next, take a photo with the family and your Red Ribbon Week decoration, then upload to redribbon.org/contest by Nov. 4 (must be 18 or older to upload photos).
Finally, the voting begins. Ask family and friends to vote for your entry at redribbon.org/vote, Nov. 5-19.
Ten lucky winners from regions across the United States will win. Winners will be announced at redribbon.org on Dec. 6 and will be recognized at winning schools throughout December.
“Students will once again take Red Ribbon Week’s message of prevention home to their neighborhoods with this national contest,” said Peggy Sapp in a press release. Sapp is president of Informed Families. “By decorating their homes together with this year’s Red Ribbon theme, families carry the message to their communities.”
Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention campaign reaches more than 80 million people nationwide.
The Drug Enforcement Administration is co-sponsoring this year’s national contest.
“The DEA is proud to help sponsor this contest and other initiatives that spread the drug prevention message throughout our local communities,” said Michele M. Leonhart, DEA administrator. “Wearing red ribbons in October represents our pledge to be drug free and honors the sacrifice of DEA Special Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena and all who have lost their lives in the fight against drugs.”
Informed Families is Florida's major universal education provider of positive parenting skills. Affiliated with the National Family Partnership, Informed Families believes that parenting skills and support are the change agents that create healthy social norms in communities. The organization is recognized by the Department of Children and Families as the most effective prevention program in the state. For information, visit informedfamilies.org.