The National Red Ribbon Week Campaign raises awareness around the world on the effects of drug use within the lives of our youth. According to their website, Red Ribbon Week was established in 1985 in response to the murder of DEA agent Enrique Camarena. Angered parents and youth in the communities across the country began wearing red ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.
At Uplift we take a stand against drug use. Every year schools participate In the Red Ribbon Week campaign to raise awareness and educate our scholars on the effects of drug use. This year Uplift North Hills partnered with the organization “Just Say Yes!” that empowers youth to say yes to the right choices like their dreams and future. During their school assembly, scholars were informed of the difference of choice and how drug use can take you down the wrong path.
Across the network campuses held different events throughout the week filled with educational learning and awareness. Children who are educated and aware of drugs are less likely to use drugs within their life time. We strive to educate scholars with an all-around understanding in physical and mental health. As IB world schools, scholars learn to be principled and balanced, to take responsibility for their actions, and to be aware of their intellectual, physical and emotional environment.
This year’s Red Ribbon Theme is “Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free.” With a goal of 100% college acceptance and a step towards the future, our scholars can relate to this year’s theme. Take a look at how our campuses recognized Red Ribbon Week on our Facebook page!