Think you can’t make a difference in your community? Think again.
There are many opportunities for teens to participate in drug prevention and law enforcement-related activities, and DEA is affiliated with a number of outstanding teen programs. Teens who are interested in reducing drug use in their communities can participate in numerous national and local programs. If you are interested in a career in law enforcement, several organizations provide teens with action-oriented activities.
Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is an annual opportunity for teens, children, and adults to show that they are committed to being healthy and drug-free. The nationwide event takes place during the last week in October. Each year, more than 80 million young people and adults wear and display the Red Ribbon to show their intolerance for drugs in our schools, workplaces, and communities.
Red Ribbon Week started in 1985 as a way of honoring the sacrifice of Special Agent Enrique (Kiki) Camarena, who was kidnapped and killed by drug traffickers in Mexico. Started in Kiki Camarena’s hometown of Calexico, California, Red Ribbon Week soon gained momentum across California and then the rest of the country. The event was formalized in 1988 when President and Mrs. Reagan served as Red Ribbon Week honorary chairpersons.
Wearing the Red Ribbon is a way to honor the sacrifices made by Kiki Camarena and others on behalf of all Americans.
Learn more about Red Ribbon Week and how you can participate.
Law Enforcement Exploring
Interested in a career in law enforcement? Gain practical knowledge and hands-on experience through the Law Enforcement Exploring program.
Law Enforcement Exploring is designed for young men and women who are 14 years old and have completed the eighth grade, or are between the ages of 15 and 20.
Law Enforcement Exploring helps young people gain insight into a variety of careers through hands-on activities. Participating in Law Enforcement Exploring can help with career development, leadership and life skills, citizenship, and character development.
The Law Enforcement Exploring program and DEA have a long relationship. DEA sponsors some Law Enforcement Exploring posts, and Special Agents and other DEA employees participate in the bi-annual national conference.
Find out more about the Law Enforcement Exploring program.
National Drug Facts Week
It’s time to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. Learn how you can get involved in National Drug Facts Week, a national observance just for teens.