Red Ribbon Project fundraiser set for Sept. 11
EDWARDS — On Sept. 11, Red Ribbon Project will host its annual fundraiser, Positive Prevention at e|town in Edwards, from 5-9 p.m. Funds raised will help support the important education programs in schools and its free HIV testing program. Door prizes and great silent auction items include an Epic ski pass, restaurant gift cards, golf at Red Sky Ranch and about 100 more great items! E|town will donate 10 percent of the nightly proceeds. Popular local bluegrass band Hardscrabble will provide entertainment.
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 teachers, counselors and principals for fifth through 12th grades throughout Eagle County with the focus on students’ sexual health and well-being. Although incorporated in 1996 as a nonprofit organization that brought awareness and education around 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”.
The proceeds from this event are used to fund the services which it offers to our community. For instance, it offers a youth skills building program and teen pregnancy prevention program to all middle and high schools in Eagle County. In addition, Red Ribbon Project offers free HIV testing. Red Ribbon Project’s focus on sexual health and well-being has contributed to significant declines in risk behaviors (substance use, dating violence, self -harm, etc.) among youth in Eagle County. In addition, teen births have been almost cut in half over the last six years. In 2008, there were 67 births to teens between the ages of 15-19. In 2014, there were 29 births to teens between in the ages of 15-19.
Youth Skills Building Program
The youth skills building program are offered as a part of students’ school day, and all relate to students’ growth into young adulthood. Realizing young people do not act in isolation, with their sexual health connected to their overall sense of self, 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 requesting 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 programs and on the Positive Prevention fundraiser, call 970-827-5900 or visit http://www.redribbonproject.org.