“Above the Influence” Launches National Video Challenge

Here at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, we are always on the lookout for creative ways to talk to kids about making positive choices.  Our friends at the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) have launched a video challenge to get youth talking about how they can rise above the influence of drugs and alcohol.  This is fantastic idea and we wanted to share it with our partners around the country as a fun way to engage kids and start the dialogue on how they can avoid harmful substances and choose to be healthy.

Every person has their own destiny

They said we would never make it
I was always told that
Every person has their own destiny
And to never let anything or any person get the best of me
That’s the one way in life to succeed

Part of what we try to do at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is show kids that they are not powerless—each of us can choose how to handle whatever life has thrown our way.  But you have to know what your options are first.   

Friday's Final Thought: Together

As we come up to one of my favorite times of year, March Madness, I always get excited about the opportunity to watch great stories of underdogs, buzzer beaters, and overcoming obstacles unfold.  But with all that excitement encompassing that four week stretch, my most enjoyable moment is the playing of “One Shining Moment.”  It is the final piece of the NCAA Tournament and includes all of the visuals of the greatest plays, hardships, and captures the overall excitement of the tournament.  Not only is it a recounting of memories, but with its lyrics it describes

Toobie: Part 4

This is the final installment of a series of blog posts on using Toobie: Healthy Choices, Healthy Children Edition.  If you missed our first post on Toobie, you should read that first so you can view the first installment of the movie and learn how to use it to start a dialogue with your kids. 

As promised, here is Part 4:

Toobie: Part 3

This is part of a series of blog posts on using Toobie: Healthy Choices, Healthy Children Edition. If you missed our first post on Toobie, you should read that first so you can view the first installment of the movie and learn how to use it to start a dialogue with your kids.  

For those of you who have already viewed or used the first two parts of Toobie, what did you think? How did you use it with kids at your organization?  Are there parts of the video that the kids really connected to?

Friday's Final Thought: A Positive Attitude is Key

Have you ever been given a task and your first thoughts that come to mind are negative ones on how you cannot achieve it? I have. 

Have you ever gotten into a situation where everything looks bleak and thought there is no way out of it and just given up?  I have. 

Have you ever watched your favorite sports team lose three straight, or go down by 20 points, and think this is over, they are done? I have.

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