Red Ribbon Week 2020 Our Storytellers for RRW this year are:

Bethany Hamilton Pro Surfer

Discussion Guide

Some suggested questions to ask after you watch the video:

Question #1:

Bethany says that staying drug-free was not a hard choice for her. Is it a hard choice for you? Why or why not?

Question #2:

Bethany lost her arm to a shark attack, which changed her life forever. She discusses how everyone has problems, including school, family and other issues. What are some of your small challenges? How about some of your larger ones?

Question #3:

Describe a small or large challenge you faced recently and how you dealt with it. What are you proud of in your response and what would you change?

Question #4:

Having a natural high helped Bethany stay focused during a difficult time. Do you have a Natural High, a relationship, or a responsibility that helps you to remain focused? What is it, and describe a time it helped you to keep your focus?

Question #5:

Have you ever been disappointed or dissatisfied by your natural high? How can you use Bethany’s story to encourage you to overcome challenges when your natural high seems to disappoint you?

Matt Bellace, Ph.D Psychologist and Comedian

Discussion Guide

Some suggested questions to ask after you watch the video:

Question #1:

What did you know about the Master Settlement Agreement before this video? What do you know now?

Question #2:

What kinds of comparisons can you draw between vaping and smoking cigarettes?

Question #3:

What about vaping might be appealing to kids and teens?

Question #4:

Matt suggests that vaping offers an immediate physical response which can be perceived as stress relief. What makes it dangerous?

Question #5:

What physical strategies do you use for relieving stress?

Question #6

What do you think Matt means when he suggests you take the attitude of “you’re not experimenting on me?”

Terry Kennedy Pro Skateboarder

Discussion Guide

Some suggested questions to ask after you watch the video:

Question #1:

Why was Terry so confused by the diversity of people involved in skating? How did being with a diverse group impact him? Do you prefer to be with people like you or people unlike you? Explain.

Question #2:

How did going to the skate park every day help Terry?

Question #3:

How do you think experiencing the pain that his mom went through affected his decision to not engage with drugs and alcohol?

Question #4:

Terry says that when he’s skating he’s representing his skate friends and that if he were to take drugs, that would reflect on them. In essence, part of what keeps him off drugs is his dedication to his friends. Are there people in your life that you represent? Who are they? How do your actions reflect on them? Does this impact your decisions?
 
Terry offers three pieces of advice:
● Surround yourself with positive people.
● Be comfortable with yourself.
● Have fun.

Question #5:

Do you surround yourself with positive people? How can you make an effort to do this more?

Question #6:

Are you comfortable with yourself? What is one step you can take to be more comfortable with yourself?

Question #7:

What is fun for you? Does something you do that is fun provide what you would call a natural high for you?

Echosmith Indie Pop Band

Discussion Guide

Some suggested questions to ask after you watch the video:

Question #1:

Noah says that they believe in their message. What is your message?

Question #2:

Noah also notes the importance of sharing their voices. Who is it important for you to share your voice with?

Question #3:

Sydney talks about being real and honest as a person. Who is the real you? Do you agree that it is important to be honest about who you are? Why or why not?

Question #4:

What do you think Noah means when he says that drugs take you out of the moment?

Question #5:

Jamie says that music helps them to say the things that are hard to say. What’s hard for you to say? Why?

Ron Artis II Singer / Songwriter

Discussion Guide

Some suggested questions to ask after you watch the video:

Question #1:

Ron is excited to share about his family. Who can you depend on?

Question #2:

Music makes Ron happy, and even though some days he feels exhausted by it, it brings him joy and satisfaction. What exhausts you and also brings you joy? Why?

Question #3:

It’s easy to believe what other people think about you, but Ron tells us to trust in who we are. Who are you? When has someone made you doubt that? How can you believe in your authentic self?

Question #4:

Ron talks about choices - and sometimes you might have to make a hard one. When have you made a choice you’re proud of? What makes it a choice you are proud of?

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