The Project Purple is a group of students who pledge to stand up to substance use and enable themselves to make good choices in their lives and to work towards being who they want to be by providing alternative activities to do. The National Site provides activities, contests, videos, and all types of support for the group. It is a simple concept. Another draw to the initiative is the structure of the group, the kids do all the work, including coming up with creative ideas on what to do in the school.
The Project Purple is a National Initiative started in 2011 by Chris Herren and the Herren Project. The mission of Project Purple is to empower 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.
Michelle Irwin, MSAPA, First Call
Michelle Irwin, MSAPA, Outreach Specialist for First Call Alcohol /Drug Prevention & Recovery. I have been with First Call since 2008, providing Presentations, trainings, high school and community youth groups, marketing and special event services through out the community. I believe I have the best job in the organization because I get to work with young people and community members, educating on the substance use and the consequences along with prevention services and activities. I also get to promote all the wonderful work accomplished at First Call. When I am not working, I spend my time with my daughter and pursuing my love of equestrian sports.