EDWARDS — On Sept. 12, Red Ribbon Project will host its annual fundraiser, Positive Prevention, at e|Town in Edwards from 6 to 10 p.m..
Funds raised will help support the important education programs that Red Ribbon Project provides in local schools. Silent auction items include a Vail Resorts Epic Pass, Golden Bear jewelry, Avon Chiropractic adjustments and restaurant gift cards. E|Town will donate 10 percent of the proceeds raised. Local band Thumper will provide entertainment. Thumper plays rock ’n’ roll from the ’70s through today and is made up of a bunch of valley locals who play venues from Eagle to Vail.
ABOUT THE RED RIBBON PROJECT
It’s the beginning of the school year and the beginning of Red Ribbon Project’s Youth Skills Building classes. Red Ribbon Project works with students in fifth through 12th grade throughout Eagle County and the focuses on students’ sexual health and well-being.
Although incorporated in 1996 as a nonprofit organization that increased awareness and provided education about HIV/AIDS, in 2011 its mission expanded to include teen pregnancy prevention and prevention not only of HIV/AIDS but all sexually transmitted infections. Red Ribbon Project’s tagline is now “Positive Prevention.”
Since the implementation of the evidence-based teenage pregnancy prevention program and with the support of many community partners, there has been a 60 percent decline in births to teens between 2008 and 2013 in Eagle County.
A total of 17 classes are now offered as a part of students’ school day, and all relate to students’ growth into young adulthood. Classes now include topics such as digital safety, bullying and dignity, coping with stress, maturation and substance abuse.
The latest component of Red Ribbon Project’s education program, called Life Works, has evolved based on community need identified by staff at local schools, who requested a more intensive intervention for youth at risk. This new enhancement is designed to address directly the issues that kids struggle with and gives them the tools to take ownership of their lives and behaviors in order to make better choices. Life Works was created for students challenged by greater risk than the general student population and offers targeted prevention and intervention strategies.
For more information on Red Ribbon Project and the Positive Prevention fundraiser, call 970-827-5900 or visit www.redribbonproject.org.