THP Project Purple Initiative 2018-07-11T13:06:47+00:00

THP PROJECT PURPLE INITIATIVE

THE INITIATIVE

The THP Project Purple Initiative empowers youth to stand up and make a difference. Going Purple gives students motivation and support as they embrace a message of education and awareness. Students learn that they do not need drugs and alcohol to meet life’s challenges; that they are perfect the way they are.

HISTORY

The THP Project Purple initiative concept was developed when Chris spoke at a local high school in 2011 and in the front row of students a few were wearing purple shirts. After Chris shared his story, one of the purple shirts raised her hand and stood up to speak. As snickering and laughter could be heard throughout the auditorium, the student said “Thank you Mr. Herren for validating what we do. We are the sober students of this high school and each year we take a pledge to not use drugs or alcohol.” Chris was captured by the courage it took to stand up and share the symbolism of the purple shirts. He was inspired by their courage to make a difference for adolescents across the United States.

IMPACT

Since 2012 over 590 sites nationwide have registered for the THP Project Purple Initiative with an estimated 885,000 people of all ages “Going Purple.” Additionally thousands of dollars have been awarded in scholarships for students who embodied the “Go Purple” spirit and sponsored a post prom or graduation substance-free celebration.

THE INITIATIVE

The THP Project Purple Initiative empowers youth to stand up and make a difference. Going Purple gives students motivation and support as they embrace a message of education and awareness. Students learn that they do not need drugs and alcohol to meet life’s challenges; that they are perfect the way they are.

HISTORY

The THP Project Purple initiative concept was developed when Chris spoke at a local high school in 2011 and in the front row of students a few were wearing purple shirts. After Chris shared his story, one of the purple shirts raised her hand and stood up to speak. As snickering and laughter could be heard throughout the auditorium, the student said “Thank you Mr. Herren for validating what we do. We are the sober students of this high school and each year we take a pledge to not use drugs or alcohol.” Chris was captured by the courage it took to stand up and share the symbolism of the purple shirts. He was inspired by their courage to make a difference for adolescents across the United States.

IMPACT

Since 2012 over 590 sites nationwide have registered for the THP Project Purple Initiative with an estimated 885,000 people of all ages “Going Purple.” Additionally thousands of dollars have been awarded in scholarships for students who embodied the “Go Purple” spirit and sponsored a post prom or graduation substance-free celebration.

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– 10 STEPS TO GO PURPLE –

Ready to Get Started?

Here Are 10 Steps To Bring the THP Project Purple Initiative to Your Community.

1Print out the one-page THP Project Purple Initiative Overview and meet with your school administration or community leaders.

2Complete the THP Project Purple Initiative Registration Form. We want to hear from you!

3Are you a school? Identify a staff member and student leaders who will embrace the THP Project Purple message and share it.

4Are you a community? Identify and gather a team of THP Project Purple supporters to begin developing your purple action plan.

5Sign the THP Project Purple Initiative Pledge. Print it, mount it on cardstock, collect signatures and send us a photo!

6Encourage your group to print out and hang up flyers to bring awareness and spread the Go Purple! message.

7Brainstorm ways to make “Going Purple” fun. Hang ribbons, build snowman, frost purple cookies or have a purple dance!

8Order your THP Project Purple Initiative Gear! T-shirts and swag can be a fun way to support the mission and Go Purple!

9Look to partner with your local police department and government to expand your message and reach.

10Stay positive! Guide, inspire and educate with a focus on making good, healthy decisions. Let your imagination Go Purple!

1Print out the one-page THP Project Purple Initiative Overview and meet with your school administration or community leaders.

2Complete the THP Project Purple Initiative Registration Form. We want to hear from you!

3Are you a school? Identify a staff member and student leaders who will embrace the THP Project Purple message and share it.

4Are you a community? Identify and gather a team of THP Project Purple supporters to begin developing your purple action plan.

5Sign the THP Project Purple Initiative Pledge. Print it, mount it on cardstock, collect signatures and send us a photo!

6Encourage your group to print out and hang up flyers to bring awareness and spread the Go Purple! message.

7Brainstorm ways to make “Going Purple” fun. Hang ribbons, build snowman, frost purple cookies or have a purple dance!

8Order your THP Project Purple Initiative Gear! T-shirts and swag can be a fun way to support the mission and Go Purple!

9Look to partner with your local police department and government to expand your message and reach.

10Stay positive! Guide, inspire and educate with a focus on making good, healthy decisions. Let your imagination Go Purple!

– OTHER OPPORTUNITES –

– OTHER OPPORTUNITES –

– WHY WE GO PURPLE –

I am just like that girl in the Purple shirt who told you she was a sober student. Thank you for validating the choices I have made and to give me justification to keep going. – Age 16

Driving through town and seeing the purple ribbons all around brings an immediate sense of hope in my heart. – Community Member

The students in our THP Project Purple club have become like my second family and pushed me to want to motivate people. I want to change people’s lives for the better and the Project Purple Initiative has meant more to me than I ever would have imagined. – Age 17

Today in your presentation you brought up the sober students and it made my think of myself. Thank you for giving me a reason to stay sober and to hear my friends say that people who don’t drink are just as cool or fun as everyone else and you don’t need to change them. – Age 15

The THP Project Purple initiative has provided me with strength, hope and meaning. My brother is an addict, and Project Purple has allowed me to get involved to support those who are addicts along with bring awareness of addiction to my campus. – Age 21

I’ve worked on this issue as a volunteer for ten years or so, and felt the only way to change The THP Project Purple initiative is an elegant, simple, inspired concept and the kids and our committee are determined to keep on with the effort. – Prevention Coalition Member

The THP Project Purple initiative has helped me make good choice, stay away from drugs and alcohol. It has also given me many opportunities and new friendships with great people. – Age 17

I am that guy with the water bottle at parties and I don’t do drugs or alcohol. When it comes to decision-making you have changed me in a positive way. – Age 16

The THP Project Purple initiative was a great way to get involved with my high school and my community. I was given the opportunity to reach out to other organizations as well as learn valuable life lessons. – Age 18

Our high school students have been visiting the JR High lunches to promote the first THP Project Purple meeting that will take place next week and 52 students have already signed up!!! – High School Teacher

I am the student who stands up and tries to help people to stop smoking weed or stop doing any drug or even drinking. I can’t still the thought of substance abuse. I just want to help everyone I possibly can, and I know I can be that voice. – Age 16

The students in our THP Project Purple club have become like my second family and pushed me to want to motivate people. I want to change people’s lives for the better and the Project Purple Initiative has meant more to me than I ever would have imagined. – Age 17

I didn’t know about the THP Project Purple initiative until you came yesterday. My AD asked me to wear the “official THP Project Purple” shirt to school on Monday for our Go Purple day. I want to be more involved in this because it is everything I stand for. – Age 16

What does the THP Project Purple initiative mean to me? Making right choices and saying no to drugs and alcohol is what Chris Herren whispered in my ear …..Always be you! – Age 12

The THP Project Purple initiative showed me that no matter where you look, there’s a group of people willing to lend a helping hand. It’s not about telling people that drugs are bad it’s about choices. It’s about showing you that there is another way. No one can do it alone. We learn that when we replace ” I ” with “We.” – Age 17

– THP PROJECT PURPLE INITIATIVE IMPACT –

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Results After Implementing THP Project Purple Initiative

Almost 57% of schools and community groups reported a decrease in substance use because of THP Project Purple Initiative.

85% of schools and community groups reported an increase in support around students and community members who were choosing to be substance free because of THP Project Purple.

79% of schools and community groups reported a change in culture in their school and community around substance abuse for the better. Students who were substance free were more supported, more students choose to be substance free and that the culture changed around how student and community group members viewed and talked about alcohol and substance use.

86% of schools and communities would strongly recommend using THP Project Purple Initiative as a valuable program to change the culture and usage numbers around substance use and the remaining 14% would recommend it.

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Almost 57% of schools and community groups reported a decrease in substance use because of THP Project Purple Initiative.

85% of schools and community groups reported an increase in support around students and community members who were choosing to be substance free because of THP Project Purple.

79% of schools and community groups reported a change in culture in their school and community around substance abuse for the better. Students who were substance free were more supported, more students choose to be substance free and that the culture changed around how student and community group members viewed and talked about alcohol and substance use.

86% of schools and communities would strongly recommend using THP Project Purple Initiative as a valuable program to change the culture and usage numbers around substance use and the remaining 14% would recommend it.

READ THE REPORT

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