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October 29, 2010

Youthlinks and RDHS Recognize Red Ribbon Week

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 9:25 am

The week of October 25th was National Red Ribbon Week, which is an opportunity to pledge to live drug free. Red Ribbon Week began in honor of DEA Officer Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was working undercover in Guadalajara, Mexico when he was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by the drug cartels he was investigating. His family created Red Ribbon Week to commemorate his work and service, and to remind people of the far-reaching consequences of drug use. Rockland District High School students wore “Live Drug Free” awareness bracelets throughout the week in Kiki’s honor, joining other students nationwide in recognizing this important event. Youthlinks Program Manager and Project SUCCESS Coordinator Hilary Flagg partnered with RDHS to organize the event in Rockland, and set a goal of distributing 250 awareness bracelets throughout the week. That goal was reached and surpassed; in all, 500 bracelets were handed out to students and staff!
Youthlinks’ Project SUCCESS program focuses on drug and alcohol prevention and is funded by the Maine Office of Substance Abuse. The program seeks to make positive connections with local high school students and encourages them to make healthy life choices. Red Ribbon Week is one of many school-wide prevention events to be organized through Project SUCCESS that will give students the opportunity to demonstrate how they are making positive choices to lead healthy lifestyles. For more information about Project SUCCESS and upcoming events, visit www.ylprojectsuccess.blogspot.com
Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland that provides community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to all youth ages 11-17 from anywhere in mid-coast Maine. These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. Youthlinks is funded primarily by state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations. All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. For more information, visit www.youthlinksonline.org, or call 207-594-2221.