A virtual proclamation signing took place on Friday to celebrate Red Ribbon Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Be Happy Be Brave, Be Drug-Free”.
Aware that the pandemic has caused an increase in unhealthy coping methods such as drug and alcohol abuse amongst the island youth, GDOE district psychologist Nadine Cepeda assures that even under PCOR1 restrictions, the Red Ribbon coalition is doing everything it can to getting the Red Ribbon mission across to adolescents.
“We do have members that are doing Zoom and our teachers do want to reach out. We have presenters from this panel and committee members actually present during Google classroom, that’s one way. We have given out red ribbons to the schools and when students receive their hard copy, we emphasize again what the red ribbon represents — being drug-free,” Cepeda said.
She added: “School counselors have been trained, in anticipation of the opening of the new school year, to screen students again on substance abuse using an evidence-based screener.”
Lt. Gov Josh Tenorio signed the proclamation.
According to Tenorio, both GDOE and Guam Behavioral Health have been doing school-side treatment and are catching a lot of minors who are using alcohol on campus.