Red Ribbon to host fundraiser event Friday night in Edwards
EDWARDS — On Friday, 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 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, restaurant gift cards and much more. E|Town will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from food from the evening. Local band, Thumper, will provide entertainment. Thumper plays rock ‘n’ roll from the ’70s through today and is made up of valley locals.
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, with a 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 tag line is now “Positive Prevention.”
The organization began using an evidence-based teenage pregnancy prevention program and with the support of many community partners, has seen a 60 percent decline in births to teens between 2008 and 2013 in Eagle County.
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A total of 17 classes are now 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, who requested a more intensive intervention for youth at risk. This new enhancement is designed to directly address problems 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 the website at http://www.redribbon project.org.