Red Ribbon Week takes place each year from October 23 through 31st.in memory of murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena. In honor of his memory community members and law enforcement began the tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The goal of Red Ribbon Week is to ‘present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG – FREE AMERICA’. It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs.

One of the best ways community members can take a stand against drug use is to offer support to youth in their lives.  Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child released a study in 2015 saying, “every child who winds up doing well has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult.”  All it takes is ONE CARING ADULT to change the life of a young person.

We know that there are many amazing adults in the Greater Manchester Region that care about young people. We hope to highlight a few of these adults in honor of Red Ribbon Week.

Today, Vidhur and Olivia who are members of empowerYOUTH will interview Jess Bennett who works as the Student Assistance Counselor at Bedford High School.  Please check out their vlog here:

V and Olivia Interview with Jess Bennett