This application assesses the extent to which a school is involved in the prevention of substance use (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs) among youth. Because a parent-teacher partnership with open communication is essential to a child's learning and healthy development, with both parents and educators responsible, the application and supporting web site becomes a primary prevention delivery system in schools to effectively engage parents.

A simple application addresses school practices across seven areas. Chief among the indicators is the extent to which parents are fully engaged as partners with the school in the education and healthy development of their children. To each statement, applicants respond "yes", "no" or "N/A". Following the yes or N/A response, applicants are asked to provide more detail. This sharing of effective best practices is part of the validation process, and a method to collect and build the web-based library of best practices. Information collected will be used in marketing and in statewide and local celebration of achievement. Not only will best practices begin to emerge, the unsung voices that "make prevention a priority" will be recognized.



Schools that model prevention excellence. To be demonstrated by the following:

  1. Healthy school environments that include commitment from leadership (principals, district school superintendent, school board, teachers and all school personnel), continuous in-service training for all school personnel on prevention principles and open and frequent communication.

  2. Work guided by best practices and what works / Opportunities for all youth.

  3. Parents as Partners to improve academic achievement and reduce high risk behaviors of youth.

  4. Year-round Red Ribbon events to communicate norms and expectations, and the relationship of achievement to resilience.


Schools that model prevention excellence. To be demonstrated by the following:

  • Please respond to statements in the following four sections with a simple yes, no or NA. For all "YES" responses, please provide a description, practices or policies that show support for an affirmative response.
    Note: A negative response indicates need for improvement.

  • Some statements in each section may be applicable to elementary, but not to middle or high school. In these instances, select the "N/A" response and comment on why you did so.

  • A total of 80 Points is needed to become Red Ribbon Certified.

  • Application Scoring:
    1. Section I, II and IV are worth 20 Points towards certification.
    2. Section III is worth 30 Points towards certification.
    3. 10 Points are awarded for the completeness of the application packet.

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