2011 Red Ribbon "Drugs Don't Fly with Me" Schedule of events

Rapid City Schools and Community Activity Schedule

Monday, October 3:

Dinosaur Tying 4:00 PM: A huge Red Ribbon will be tied on the dinosaur at Dinosaur Park on  Skyline Drive. The huge ribbon is made and signed by students from various schools to show their commitment of being drug free.

Tuesday, October 4:

Mayor’s Rally at Halley 4:00 pm. The Rally will begin in the parking lot at Halley Park. Red Ribbons will be tied on the trees in Halley Park by the participants.

Thursday, October 6:

SD Natl. Guard Fly Over. Schools participating will create a drug free message outdoors by using the students.  SD Natl. Guard helicopter will take an aerial picture of the school’s drug free message.  Contact Kristi “Cricket” Palmer @ 605-737-6556 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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ASAP in need of Red Ribbon volunteers

ASAP welcomes anyone in Rapid City to help us as we approach our local Red Ribbon Week activities. We are looking for volunteers to help with judging the various contests associated with the week's events, including judges for our PSA contest, billboard contest, and the Red Ribbon Parade on October 8. For more information on how to volunteer, or to offer your time to the cause, please contact us at 605-718-0532.

ASAP seeks business partners for Red Ribbon

ASAP is currently looking for local business partners to provide incentives to local youth for proudly displaying their Red Ribbons during Red Ribbon Week. Some possibilities include offering free small ice cream cones or drinks or providing discounts off their purchases in your store. This is a great way for your business to support local youth efforts to live drug-free lives, as well as to bring customers into your business during the week. If you would like to reward youth wearing Red Ribbons in your business, please call Linda at 605-718-0532.

$3000 for winning video! Video PSA Contest

Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Video PSA Contest: Deadline postponed to April 22, 2011.

Develop an engaging Public Service Announcement about how young adults are taking action in their communities to prevent substance abuse and promote emotional well-being.

Substance abuse prevention is one of the greatest public health challenges for our country. Research has shown not only which prevention interventions work, but also that prevention is cost-effective. In order to help with prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) initiated this PSA contest to further its mission to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Who can enter the We are the ones. How are you taking action? PSA Contest?

  • Any legal resident of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories, between the ages of 18 – 25 at the time of entry. Individuals of any age may participate in making the video, but the entrant must be 18 – 25 years old.

What is required for my PSA to be eligible?

  • Your PSA must be exactly 15 seconds or 30 seconds.
  • Your PSA cannot have been submitted previously in a promotion of any kind or exhibited or displayed publicly through any means.

For more information on SAMHSA and the PSA contest, including full rules, eligibility, judging criteria and dates, visit the program link here.

Job Opportunity for YOUTH: South Dakota Tobacco Compliance Checks

This is a request to help find youth who would like to be involved in the Tobacco Compliance checks through the State of South Dakota. Grantor is looking for approximately 8-10 youth 16 years old to travel to certain entities that sell tobacco.

Must be 16 years old throughout the summer; must be a non-smoker.

Contact Roland Loudenberg at (605) 425-3305 at Mountain Plains Evaluation or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SD National Guard Wins National Community Drug Awareness Award

By OC Chad Carlson

South Dakota National Guard Public Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The South Dakota National Guard’s Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) program was awarded the Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness Award at the Pentagon Hall of Hero’s in Washington, D.C. Friday, October 22.

The award recognizes the best drug demand reduction program with each Service, the National Guard, and Defense Agencies in an effort to promote its support of outreach and prevention programs within its communities.

The SDNG Counterdrug program started in 1996, as a one Soldier operation, with the mission of teaching the negative effects of bad choices and decisions, tobacco use, alcohol use, marijuana use and meth use. The program has since grown to five Soldiers, placed throughout the state, to help focus on the rural population east of the Missouri River.

“This is a wonderful honor for the DDR,” said Sgt. 1st Class Kristi Palmer, DDR Noncommissioned officer in charge. “We have a small staff that covers the entire state, and receiving this award is a great way to validate that we are making a difference in South Dakota.”

“I couldn’t be more proud of our Drug Demand Reduction team,” said Maj. Robert Dejong, Counter Drug Coordinator for the SDNG. “They’ve done a marvelous job of getting to as many schools as possible and spreading the drug-free life style message.”

In 2009, the DDR presented Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program Training (ADAPT) to 75 different schools which allowed the staff to reach more than 4500 students in 5th-9th grades.

“It is clear that the South Dakota National Guard Counterdrug Program has implemented many activities that enable the program to help keep our young children drug and alcohol free,” said Dejong.  “From the numerous activities during Red Ribbon Week to the awards given to our program for these efforts, to the follow-up efforts of youth rallies to the coalition meetings that keep our unique leadership on the forefront.

“Although awards give some meaning for our efforts with the students, the lasting award comes from the smile on the faces of the youth, showing a Soldier or Airman made a difference.”

Win a Wii! CADCA video contest opportunity for local youth, Deadline November 20, 2010

Calling all aspiring film producers and actors! It's time to dust off your video camera and put your creativity to the test. CADCA has launched a video contest to see who can create the most entertaining and creative video about CADCA and CADCA's Forum. The winner will get free Wii system!

Interested? Here’s what you have to do:

1- Create a 2-3 minute video that answers one question: WHY SHOULD SOMEONE COME TO CADCA’S NATIONAL LEADERSHIP FORUM? You can be as silly, funny or clever as you want to be. For example, maybe you sing a tune about why people should come to the CADCA Forum or maybe you act out a funny skit. The possibilities are endless!

2- Post it to CADCA’s Flickr page by no later than Nov. 20.

During CADCA’s Forum in February, attendees will have the opportunity to view all of the video submissions and vote on which one they like the best. We will announce the winner during the Award’s Luncheon on the last day of the Forum. The winner will take home a new Wii game system!

The contest is open to all youth under 21 who are involved with a local community coalition. For questions, send an email to Natalia Martinez Duncan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Copied from www.cadca.org in order to provide this opportunity to our local youth involved in prevention and coalition activities.

Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team to Provide Information on Local Drug Trends

RAPID CITY, SD- The number of Meth arrests has been increasing for the past two years. In fact, we have already passed the number of arrests for 2009 as of August 20, 2010. In Pennington County, the number is already 31% higher than last year. 2009 statewide arrests were 68% higher than 2008. What’s behind these increases? The MAPP-SD Rapid City Meth Coalition has invited officers from UNET (Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team) to talk about what they are seeing and what may be behind the recent increases. Community members interested in learning more may attend our quarterly “Lunch and Learn” meeting on:

Thursday, October 21

12:00-1:00 pm

Youth & Family Services’ Girls Inc.

120 E Adams Street

Representatives from UNET will talk about Meth and other drug trends. They will explain how much the newer portable “Shake & Bake” method of manufacturing Meth seen nationally has contributed to this trend, and what the dangers of this method are to the community.

The MAPP-SD Rapid City Meth Coalition meets monthly to plan events and activities to raise awareness in the community of the dangers of Meth. Previous activities have included presentations for Realtors, property managers, hotel and motel staff, parents and community members, social service agency staff and volunteers and more. The Coalition also invites speakers on a quarterly basis to discuss another angle on the Meth problem and/or solutions in our region. Previous speakers have included members of the Northern Hills Drug Court team, law enforcement, Child Protective Services, the Governor’s Statewide Meth Task Force, former Meth users, family members and others impacted by the drug. All of the Coalition’s meetings are open to the community and anyone can become a part of the efforts.

MAPP-SD is a project of Prairie View Prevention Services. The goal of MAPP-SD is to reduce meth use by increasing community awareness of the dangers of meth. Rapid City has participated in MAPP-SD since January 2004.

For more information about MAPP-SD and how meth impacts the community, visit us on the Web at www.mappsd.org or contact MAPP-SD Community Coordinator Nikkole Abbas at 716-7802.

Now you can also follow ‘mappsd’ on Twitter or find ‘MAPP South Dakota’ on Facebook. To watch videos showing the effects of Meth, see our ‘mappsd’ channel on YouTube.