Events & Ideas

Events & Ideas2019-01-14T23:15:00+00:00

Need Inspiration? Start Here!

Ideas and projects on how to implement Herren Project and go purple are always changing due to the creativity of communities, students, mentors and school administration. Below are a few to get you started. Looking for additional advice? Contact our team at gopurple@herrenproject.org.

Need Inspiration? Start Here!

Ideas and projects on how to implement Herren Project and go purple are always changing due to the creativity of communities, students, mentors and school administration. Below are a few to get you started. Looking for additional advice? Contact our team at gopurple@herrenproject.org.

Sports Teams, Student Council or the Band are a great place to start! Student athletes, student council members or musicians join the movement, wear a purple band or  shirt and set the wheels in motion for their student body to join them! School Clubs are also a great place to start. Clubs such as Interact, Key Club, Community Action Clubs and SADD exist in many high schools and adapting the Go Purple messaging is a perfect fit within their mission and objectives.

Round up your friends, community members and develop a PSA on the importance of prevention and standing together to support those impacted by the disease of addiction. From athletes to business owners – every school has an alumni looking to give back.

  • Book Read & Essay Contest: Read Basketball Junkie and write an essay on your “take away”
  • Peer to Peer Mentoring: Encourage the younger students in your town to make good choices. Lead by example and show them positive ways to have fun.
  • Education Event with Guest Speaker: Local experts, past students or families who may have a message to share on prevention, wellness and substance use.
  • Themed Art Contests: From Posters to Pottery – Show your artistic side and showcase the Go Purple! message.
  • Senior Projects: Start a Go Purple movement in your community and leave behind a lasting message of positive decision making.
  • Service Projects: Volunteer at a local nursing home or at the local animal shelter.
  • Wear Purple Spirit Day!
  • Make Purple Awareness Ribbons & Signs: Show your Purple Spirit!
  • Create a Go Purple Bulletin Board or Case Display
  • Host a Purple Sporting Event (Hoop Tournament, Contest, Dodgeball, Wiffleball, Powderpuff or Flag Football)
  • Accessorize! Use purple sports wrap to make headbands or purple bandannas to keep your hair under cover.
  • Print out the I AM Poster & Encourage Others to Complete it
  • Incorporate the color Purple in Homecoming, Prom & Dances
  • Host a “BE YOU” Talent Show
  • Build a Purple Snowman in the Town Center
  • Turn a local landmark Purple with Purple Lights or Flags!
  • Use your imagination and Go Purple!

Send us your candid shots, group photos and Purple ideas! From posters to PSAs show your creativity and share your ideas with other members of the initiative. Tag us on Instagram @HerrenProject or send your pictures to gopurple@herrenproject.org. We want to hear from you!

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

Going Purple has helped me make good choices, 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

Going Purple 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 Go 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 Go 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 Go Purple movement has meant more to me than I ever would have imagined. – Age 17

What does Going Purple 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

Going Purple 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