The Yates Substance Abuse Coalition (YSAC) invites the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week from October 23-31. Community members can take part in Red Ribbon Week by sharing drug prevention messaging on social media, by wearing red on Oct. 29, or by using the week as an opportunity to talk to children and teens about the dangers of drug use.

Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community, and encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles. Additionally, research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to drug use and the misuse of prescription drugs.

In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after his death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice. The first official Red Ribbon Week celebration was created by the National Family Partnership in 1988. NFP continues to coordinate the campaign for families, schools and communities across the nation each year. Since then, the red ribbon has symbolized a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our communities.

Red Ribbon Contest

To help get this message to youth, YSAC and the Council on Alcoholism are sponsoring the 7th Annual Red Ribbon Week Contest.

• 1st Prize: Laptop Computer

• 2nd Prize: Tablet

• 3rd Prizes: $100 Gift Card 

• 4th- 6thPrizes: $50 Gift Card

To learn more, visit, or call (315) 789-0310.


Contest Rules:

• The contest is open to students in grades 6-12, from Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Wayne & Yates counties.

• The quiz must be completed, returned and received by November 3rd.

• Requires Name, Address, Telephone Number and Permission Signature of Parent/Guardian, or teacher.

• All Winning Applicants must score a 100 percent (correct) on the quiz.

• Students may discuss, ask for help from parents/teachers or conduct research for assistance with answers.

• Submissions scoring 100 percent will be placed into a random drawing for 1 of 5 prizes.

• The quiz may be copied and disseminated or a reasonable facsimile may be submitted.

• Due to the number of entries, submissions other than winners will not be notified.

• Answers to quiz questions and more can be found at the cited websites

Visit for more information about Red Ribbon Week. 

YSAC’s mission is to engage, advocate, inform, and bring awareness of alcohol and other substance abuse issues through education, prevention, enforcement, and treatment to build a healthy, safe, and substance abuse free community.

Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. in the Penn Yan United Methodist Church, 166 Main St., Penn Yan.   


For more information, contact The Council On Alcoholism, 

624 W. Washington St.,

Geneva, NY 14456

Phone: 315-789-0310