ThinkFirst Participates in 2014 Red Ribbon Week

The Research Foundation's ThinkFirst speakers to present assemblies in Blue Valley school district

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Oct. 28, 2014) – The Research Foundation’s ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City, an award-winning injury prevention program will participate in Red Ribbon Week.  ThinkFirst will be presenting at eight middle and high schools in the Greater Kansas City area and also partnering with the Kansas Highway Patrol.  The focus of these presentations will be to teach students the dangers of distracted driving and driving under the influence.

During the presentations, students will hear from both a healthcare professional and testimonial of a young person who has suffered a permanent brain or spinal cord injury. These speakers will cover a variety of topics, including promoting seat belt usage, sports and recreation safety, helmet usage, motor-vehicle safety, water safety, avoiding violence and the dangers of driving under the influence. 

“ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City works year-round to reach students in the Greater Kansas City Area with the message to use your mind to protect your body,” said ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Coordinator, Amy Kozicki. “By participating in Red Ribbon Week and teaching children and adolescents the real consequences of irresponsible behavior; ThinkFirst aims to make the Kansas City area safer as a whole.”

Red Ribbon Week began after the kidnapping, torture, and brutal murder of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. Today, Red Ribbon Week brings people across the nation together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services.

For more information about Red Ribbon Week or ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City call 816-276-4218.

About ThinkFirst: ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City, a chapter of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation, was established in 1987 and provides free school based presentations to students in grades kindergarten through 12. Each year, 34,000 students in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area learn about the consequences of traumatic injuries from brain or spinal cord injury survivors. These sobering, yet motivational messages urge youth to take personal responsibility and make safe choices. The presentations cover a variety of topics including promoting seat belt usage, sports and recreation safety, helmet usage, motor-vehicle safety, water safety and avoiding violence.

About The Research Foundation: The Research Foundation is a not-for-profit organization in Kansas City, Mo. dedicated to strengthening the community and empowering people to live healthier, productive lives through its health education and scholarship programs. The Harmon Diabetes Center teaches self-management diabetes education to help patients control their diabetes and reduce the chance for life-threatening complications. The award-winning ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City injury prevention program educates area youth through free school-based assemblies aimed at helping young people prevent traumatic injuries and deaths. The Foundation also awards scholarships to students pursuing a nursing career. For more information, visit