Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Back To Back - Ideas for Red Ribbon Week Activities

NIMCO, Inc. Encourages Red Ribbon Week Activities


Over the next few weeks leading up to Red Ribbon Week 2013, NIMCO will be sharing some activity ideas on our blog that teachers and community leaders can use to help students get excited about Red Ribbon Week. Many of these ideas can be incorporated in your school leading up to Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week, Drug Education, Advertising and Youth
Advertising plays a huge role in whether or not our youth will use drugs
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Celebrate this day by letting students stand up together against drugs. Adults and students can learn from each other on what to do in difficult situations. Below are different types of activities that students can do together.

Set up role playing situations. Have students make a list of common situations among adolescents. Ask them to share ways that teens may deal with each of those stressors. Then group the stressors into helpful and hurtful coping strategies. Discuss how drug use can be a harmful coping strategy and how it can be a stressor itself.

Discuss anti drug advertising and the level of effectiveness on the behaviors of young people. Have students develop their own campaigns.

Discuss how various drugs are portrayed on television, movies, radio, magazines, music, newspapers, billboards or other visible advertising. Instruct students to watch television, mix up
the shows, and record the number of references to alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs and how
each reference was portrayed. Have each student share the type of television show he/she was
watching, the portrayal of substances and how he/she thinks this might impact youth.

TODAY’S MESSAGE

“With education and knowledge we can stand together against drugs.”

Head over to our website for more Red Ribbon Week information. We also have a page dedicated to the National 2013 Red Ribbon Week Theme "A Healthy Me is Drug Free!" where you can purchase many different promotional items that you can use and pass out to students during Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31st.

And check back as we blog about more creative ideas for Red Ribbon Week!