Empowering young people to make the decision to live a drug-free life is the goal of the upcoming Red Ribbon Week observance in the Santa Ynez Valley.

From Oct. 24–28, various activities are scheduled at Valley schools, including presentations, poster contests, a jog-a-thon, campus anti-drug message formations for a flyover, theme days, and education, according to the Santa Ynez Valley Youth Coalition.

Throughout the week, junior high and high school parents will have a chance to sign a pledge to supervise teen parties and keep them free of alcohol and drugs. The national week’s theme this year is “It’s up to me to be Drug Free.”

On Thursday, Oct. 27, Valley students are being asked to wear red clothes to school in support of a drug-free community. That day, an airplane flyover of each participating school is expected.

Founded in 2005, the coalition, formerly known as the Santa Ynez Valley Coalition to Promote Drug Free Youth, is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing or reducing alcohol and other substance abuse among youth.

Community volunteers focus on promoting research-based best practices, policies and prevention programs.

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