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Red Ribbon Week

2012 Red Ribbon Week

2012 Prevention Resource & Media Center (PRMC) Featured Materials (27 MB pdf)

Toolkit to help guide school and community-wide celebrations! (1.27 MB pdf)

Youth Activities for the Classroom and Beyond


Middle School

High School

All Ages

TribalTattooMedicine Wheel Activities
TribalTattooSacred Seven Teachings Activities


Usually held the last full week in October, the purpose of Red Ribbon Week is to...

  • Create awareness of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use/abuse.
  • Encourage implementation of effective strategies in school and communities statewide that support healthy, drug-free lifestyles.

What is Effective Prevention?

  • Efforts are repeated and reinforced.
  • Efforts are developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive.
  • Efforts play a role in creating a healthy and drug-free environment at the school and the larger community.
  • Efforts are driven by data.

Elements of Effective Alcohol and Drug Prevention Education:

Making the Grade: A Guide to School Drug Prevention Programs outlines the key element of effective curricula:

  • Helps students recognize internal and external pressures to drink or use drugs
  • Provides normative information
  • Involves family and the community
  • Uses interactive teaching methods
  • Helps students develop refusal skills
  • Uses developmentally appropriate materials
  • Prevention programs should be long-term with repeated interventions to reinforce the original goals
  • Includes teacher training and support
  • Is easy to implement

SOURCE: Prevention Education in America Schools: Findings and recommendation from survey of educators.
View Full report here. (1.72 Mb pdf)


Evidence Based Programs

Click here for a list of resources for Evidence Based Programs. (264kb pdf)

Evidence Based Programs are available for check out at the Prevention Resource & Media Center (PRMC). (1 MB pdf)

School Policies

The effectiveness of a school policy depends in its comprehensiveness. How comprehensive is the substance abuse policy at your school?

For more guidance on school substance abuse policies including a Self-Assessment Checklist and sample policy click here or contact the Prevention Education Specialist.

North Dakota System Standards for a Healthy and Safe School Environment

Teacher Resources

View a list of Teacher Resources that can be used in the classroom (413 kb pdf)

Other Educational Resources and Entities

Click here for a complete list of educational resources and entities. (See 'North Dakota Resources' and 'For Schools' sections)