During the week of October 23, 2015, Red Ribbon Week was in full swing at Montgomery County Juvenile Court. This time of the year is another opportunity to focus our efforts on tobacco, alcohol and drug violence prevention. Red Ribbon Week was created in memory of DEA Special Agent Kiki Camarena, who passed away 30 years ago. Red Ribbon Week has since become the nation’s largest and longest running prevention campaign.
With the support of Judge Kuntz and Judge Capizzi, our Juvenile Drug Court and Reclaiming Futures came together to host a variety of activities at the Montgomery County Probation Services Building. Kyla Woods, Tashina Sampson and Brittini Long worked side by side with Drug Court youth to decorate the Probation Services lobby with Red Ribbon decor to cheerfully welcome all guests. A large classroom size board was also decorated with information to give youth examples of how to respond to peer pressure and remain drug and alcohol free. A parent forum was also conducted to provide education and awareness for the parents to support their children in remaining drug and alcohol free.
Red ribbons with the slogan “I’m Drug Free! 24/7 – 365” were donated by the Drug Free Action Alliance and were worn by Court staff throughout the week. The Red Ribbon Week celebration culminated with our Court staff participating in a “red out,” where everyone in the Court was encouraged to wear something red. It was a successful week that sent the message to youth and families served by Montgomery County Juvenile Court that we stand united in helping the youth of our community lead drug free lives!