YOLO. Be Drug Free. Red Ribbon Week 2016

Red Ribbon Week is a week-long drug awareness campaign that provides an opportunity to bring parents, schools, businesses, and others together to help create drug-free communities. This year’s Red Ribbon Week began with the Governor’s 2016 Kick-Off event which announced this year’s theme, “YOLO. Be Drug Free™”. Georgia youth had the opportunity to showcase their artistic talents with the goal of bringing awareness to fun, safe activities that are positive alternatives to substance use and abuse. The event ended with a fun-filled, performance from Silento,’ an Atlanta-based rapper, who has successfully created a large fan based among youth since 2015.

Since the Kick-off, we have had the opportunity to share in ongoing activities with our new Teen Advisory Councils (TAC). Each TAC school hosted activities on their campus where they had the opportunity to share with others the importance of living a drug free lifestyle. Our youngest group of students, Charging Beyond…The TAC, at Champion Middle Theme School lead the school announcements all week and will be hosting a school-wide assembly this Friday.
We know that teens listen to other teens and because of this, TAC empowers our student members to learn the facts and share them with others. Here’s a sampling of a few facts that our TAC students have chosen to spread awareness about this week: “Did you know?” Teenagers whose parents talk to them regularly about the dangers of drugs are 50% less likely to use drugs than those whose parents don’t. Yet, only 1 in 4 teens reports having these conversations with their parents.

During the school-wide assembly on Friday, our Teen Advisory Council members will be sharing even more information with their peers about the dangers of drug abuse and spreading the Red Ribbon Week Campaign message-You Only Live Once!

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