Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Caring Causes: Red Ribbon Week

The National Family Partnership is proud to announce that this year's National Red Ribbon Week Youth Ambassador is Johanna Colón of Raleigh, North Carolina. Johanna was selected for her tremendous spirit, wonderful dance skills, commitment to healthy activities, kindness towards others, leadership qualities, self-confidence and her self-respect ­ all demonstrated in a three-minute, viral YouTube video, viewed by an estimated 70 million people. Johanna's qualities and her song selection tie in perfectly with this year's Red Ribbon Week theme: Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.

No stranger to Red Ribbon Week, Johanna celebrates the event every year at her local elementary school in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Coincidentally, Johanna¹s mom, Elissa Colón, is a former elementary school teacher who organized Red Ribbon Week activities each year for students at her school.

Elissa Colón sees Red Ribbon Week as a gift to parents and schools ­ and a wonderful opportunity to introduce a sometimes difficult, but nonetheless important, topic to children. As the Youth Ambassador, Johanna will help spread the Red Ribbon Week message in her local schools; at national Red Ribbon events; online through social media; through print, TV and online media interviews and other opportunities as they arise.  

Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31) is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation,

The National Family Partnership was established in 1980 and is a national leader in drug prevention, education and advocacy. Its mission is to lead our nation¹s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug-free youth. Red Ribbon Week is the nation¹s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign. NFP created the campaign in response to the 1985 abduction and murder of DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena. Learn more about NFP at

No comments:

Post a Comment