Students march in the Red Ribbon Week parade last year down Avenida Del Mar. This year's parade will take place on Monday, Oct. 26 at the top of Avenida Del Mar. Photo: File
Students march in the Red Ribbon Week parade last year down Avenida Del Mar. This year’s parade will take place on Monday, Oct. 26 at the top of Avenida Del Mar. Photo: File

By San Clemente Times 

The Rappin’ & Clappin’” workshop meets every Friday in October from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club in San Clemente to prepare a brand-new performing youth troop for the City of San Clemente’s Red Ribbon Week Celebration. Parents are invited, too.

On Monday Oct. 26, 4 p.m., the “For Kids’ Sake” Youth Troop will march in a parade to kick off The Celebration of Red Ribbon Week in San Clemente on Ave Del Mar.

At 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, their final performance occurs at the Boys & Girls Club, 1304 Calle Valle in San Clemente. The community at large is invited.

This Workshop is a four-phase, multi-cultural outreach program, dedicated to the survival of today’s youth. Young people are not just told to “say no” but are given experiential knowledge to carry with them at the completion of the workshop.

The workshop includes leadership skills, role playing, alcohol and drug education, and musical performance.

The workshop goals are to increase the understanding of respect, cooperation, participation and to increase communication skills by learning about the dangers of drugs and to learn stage performance skills and to send a positive musical message by Rappin & Clappin the “For Kids’ Sake” song.

Keith Stafford, who is directing the program, has been a professional entertainer for 50 years and created the “For Kids’ Sake” song and educational workshop to inspire youth across the country in their decisions to make healthy lifestyle choices.

“My own life was distracted with substance abuse during my teen years through adulthood, and now I’ve been clean and sober for 28 years,” Stafford said.

Additionally, the Red Ribbon Campaign is disseminating information regarding drug abuse among middle school students and high school students. The campaign aims to decrease the incidents among young people.

According to an email from the campaign, organizers continue to look at the issues of alcoholism among teenagers as well as tackling issues such as the increasing legalization of marijuana and the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs. More information can be found at www.redribbon.org.

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