As my career in law enforcement with Kansas Highway Patrol continues to grow, so did my opportunity to interact with the youths in Kansas thanks to Kansas Family Partnership. KFP sponsored programs such as Red Ribbon, SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions and KYLS, Kansas Youth Leadership Summit that directly involves Kansas youths are coordinated by Maria Torrez Anderson. Maria recognized the benefits of KFP and KHP working together for long before we were introduced and extended that opportunity to me when I was appointed as a Public Resources Officer for the KHP in Topeka.
Maria and I have talked about the similarities that KFP and KHP share such as being “Statewide”, improving the quality of life for Kansas teens and supporting awareness/prevention campaigns. The “Statewide” is as important as the safety programs themselves. We are both available to all the teens in Kansas and their families as resources to provide factual information so they can educate themselves so they can make the best life changing choices as they can. Supporting a program such as Red Ribbon, which has skill building activities regarding the dangers (not limited too) of substance use that teens create, develop and participate in during Red Ribbon week we can encourage them to expand these skills and use them the rest of their lives. The teamwork with KFP has opened doors for Kansas State Trooper’s to be positive role models for many teens in Kansas and for us to start them thinking about a rewarding career with the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Thanks again KFP for letting KHP be on your team,
Trp. DR Hughes II
Kansas Red Ribbon Chair, 2014-2015