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Vail Daily letter: Red Ribbon Project support

Red Ribbon Project is celebrating 20 years of service this year. Looking forward, even as Red Ribbon Project savors its successes, there is much work to be done. Red Ribbon Project is committed to providing programming for youth throughout Eagle County, and relies on corporate and nonprofit supporters to do so. Red Ribbon Project is thrilled to once again receive funds from Vail Resorts’ Epic Promise program for its impactful Life Works program.

Over the course of the past two decades, Red Ribbon Project has continuously evolved to meet community needs. A key component when working with young people is simple awareness: teaching them to understand their bodies — both the physical and emotional components.

Vail Resorts has been a longtime supporter of Red Ribbon Project’s Life Works program, allowing more than 3,200 students to receive life-skills classes that deliver concrete results: a 71 percent decrease in physical fights, a 45 percent reduction in kids doing illegal drugs, and a 59 percent reduction in self-harm. These are only a few of the positive benefits.

When school starts in the fall, social and academic pressures for all children escalate. By all working together — nonprofits, corporations and schools — children will have a chance to remain children.

I invite each of you to learn more about Red Ribbon Project’s programs; more than likely your child will take a class. I’d love to see you at our largest fundraiser of the year, the Eagle Music Festival on Sept. 3 at The Dusty Boot.

Denise Kipp

Executive director, Red Ribbon Project