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Informed Families introduced the inaugural Florida Red Ribbon Photo Contest. Students received the Red Ribbon message from school, brought it home to their families, where together they decorated their door, fence or mailbox. After taking a photo of the decoration, they uploaded it to the Informed Families website and encouraged friends and family to vote.

»» 22,000 votes were cast in support of Red Ribbon Photo Contest entries. Winning families in six regions across the State of Florida received an iPad2 and $1,000 for their K-12 school. »» 34,830 people visited the website during the month of October to obtain information about ways to participate in the Red Ribbon Campaign®. »» 1,000 Miami-Dade, Escambia and Orange County schools received Red Ribbon visibility kits to decorate their school marquees and spread the message in their communities during Red Ribbon Week®. »» Informed Families participated in 129 community presentations and events throughout the State of Florida to celebrate Red Ribbon.

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School Environment Use of Best Practices in Education and Prevention Parental Engagement Year-Round Commitment To Prevention

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»» Informed Families delivered 17 million print and electronic media impressions. »» 1368 Parents pledged their support for the Lock Your Meds®, Safe Homes/Safe Parties®, Family Day™ and Red Ribbon® Campaigns. »» 368,321 students participated in Safe Homes/Safe Parties®, Family Day™, Lock Your Meds® and Red Ribbon Campaign® prevention activities through the statewide Community Action Team program. »» Informed Families participated in several statewide drug take-back events in 2011, helping to minimize the amount of unused medication falling into the hands of youth.

»» twice as likely to have used tobacco, »» almost twice as likely to have used alcohol, and »» one and a half times likelier to have used marijuana.

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Secure, monitor and take inventory of their medicine cabinets regularly Set clear rules such as not sharing medications and always following proper dosages Talk to children about the dangers of abusing prescription medication Properly dispose of old or unused medicine

____________ ________ LAST NAME ____________ ________ GRADE ____________ ________ SCHOOL ____________ ________ CITY ____________ ________ STATE Sponsored by:

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»» 385 Parents enrolled in our parenting programs. »» Over 800* seniors participated in our Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. »» 87% of parents in our programs maintained or increased their knowledge of parenting for prevention. »» 84% of parents in our programs maintained or increased their awareness of children’s substance abuse. »»

37 parents graduated from the Triple P Positive Parenting Program in the Miami Gardens Community after attending eight educational sessions. Informed Families utilized the Triple P program to provide parents with positive parenting education and skills training, including ways to manage misbehavior, budgeting family time and bonding. Triple P is designed to prevent social, emotional, behavioral, and developmental problems in children by enhancing parents’ knowledge, skills, and confidence.

»» With generous funding from the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation and the Woman’s Relief Association, Informed Families continued to provide parenting services and offer prevention programs in the Greater Miami Shores Area. Subsequently, the agency was awarded a Drug Free Communities Grant, one of only 16 in the country, from SAMHSA to create the Miami Shores Drug Free Coalition through mentoring from the South Miami Drug-Free Coalition.

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brain development combating harmful media social norms how to form Parent Peer Groups

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»» 368,321 students participated in direct school based prevention programs. »» CATs promoted prevention in 5 schools in Miami-Dade County, 5 schools in Escambia County and 7 schools in Orange County. »» Through the CAT program, 448 Escambia County school teachers were trained on tobacco prevention. 158 students were then trained to deliver the message to their peers, reaching 882 elementary, middle and high schools students in total. »» 106 students participated in CAT youth groups. »» 99% of CAT youth group participants maintained their lack of use or decreased their use of drugs. »» 92% of CAT Youth group participants maintained or increased their disapproval of drugs. »» 11,930 Refrigerator News Newsletters were distributed to parents at Community Action Team schools in 2011

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»» Delivered underage drinking prevention messages to 2,400 students at South Miami Senior High through a Social Norms campaign called “Cobrawesomeness.” »» Trained 200 faculty in signs and symptoms of marijuana use. »» Through community events, reached over 1,200 people with information on alcohol’s effect on the brain, the dangers of marijuana use and facts on other drug use. »» Hosted a Youth Dialogue Day event with more than 20 students and 40 community leaders to give students a voice in the decisions affecting their community. »» Conducted Project Sticker Shock in cooperation with the South Miami Police Explorers, a project to remind adults not to provide alcohol to minors. »» Piloted an after-school program at South Miami Middle that uses theater arts to teach drug and alcohol prevention by addressing peer pressure, bullying, self-esteem and other contributing factors. »» Raised more than $20,000 through the King Pins Challenge III, a bowling fundraiser at Splitsville attended by 250 guests.

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»» Informed Families spread its message of prevention at over 14 health fairs throughout the State of Florida. »» 75,327 CATalyst newsletters were delivered, offering parents helpful tips along with the latest prevention education information. »» www.informedfamilies.org attracted 281,031 website visitors. »» 161 guests attended Lunch & Learn events with topics ranging from Banishing Bullying and Drug Trends That Affect Your Kids to What Parents Need To Know About Social Media. »» Lunch & Learn events were recorded and uploaded to the Informed Families website to reach parents across the State of Florida and accommodate local parents who were unavailable.

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Restricted Grants Public

Escambia County Public Schools Senior Resource Alliance – Orlando South Florida Behavioral Health Network State of Florida Department of Children & Families State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs State of Florida Office of Drug Control The Children’s Trust US Dept. of Health & Human Services – SAMHSA/CSAP

Private

The Health Foundation of South Florida Woman’s Relief Association


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2011 Annual Report