Informed Families Catalyst

President's Message - March 2018

Posted by Peggy B. Sapp, President & CEO on March 22, 2018 at 12:00 AM

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Last week, we had an amazing conference call with one of our absolutely favorite Ambassadors, Tracy Bowen, of Collier County Public Schools. Tracy said that our Safe Homes Smart Parties campaign should be renamed the Safe Homes Smart Parents campaign because Safe Parties Require Smart Parents. Parents are the key to safe children.

She hit the nail on the head and we are taking her advice very seriously and determining what that change means for our campaign. The best ideas come from boots on the ground and Tracy is a wonderful example of someone using her knowledge, experience and passion to help the children in her community grow up safe, healthy and drug free.

It’s been 36 years since we founded Informed Families and I’m still simultaneously confident that our prevention programs will help students make good choices this Spring Break and fearful that some parents are misinformed about the dangers of underage drinking, thus choosing to host parties and expose children to potentially frightening consequences. Social norms about alcohol are overwhelming to a parent’s better judgment. How can we help each and every parent take a stand for Safe Parties?

shsp-logosquare.jpgAs an organization, we are constantly working to counteract unhealthy messages our children are repeatedly exposed to on a daily basis. When the time comes for our children to make a choice about alcohol and drugs, we want them to choose health. The 2018 Red Ribbon Theme expresses it perfectly..."Life Is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free®."

Our newest tool for reaching Florida teens is We encourage you to pass this along to the adolescents in your life. What other ways can we help you challenge incorrect perceptions about alcohol and drugs and inspire kids to make positive choices? Tell us. We want to hear from you.  

Join us in saving lives this Spring by sharing our Safe Homes Smart Parents messages within your sphere of influence, featuring our campaigns on your website or your school’s website (link to campaign buttons), or reaching out to find out how exactly you might help (email us at  

Wishing you a safe and happy Spring Break,


Topics: President's Message, safe parties, safe homes smart parties

About Us

We teach people how to say no to drugs and how to make healthy choices. To reduce the demand for drugs, Informed Families has focused its efforts on educating and mobilizing the community, parents and young people in order to change attitudes. In this way we counteract the pressures in society that condone and promote drug and alcohol use and abuse. The organization educates thousands of families annually about how to stay drug and alcohol free through networking and a variety of programs and services .

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