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Red Ribbon Leadership Academy

The Red Ribbon Leadership Academy places high school aged cadet NCOs and officers in front of middle school students (non-cadets) to serve as role models and leadership educators during a 3-hour workshop. The "red ribbon" symbolizes the Academy's role in promoting the drug-free ethic. 

Program Goals

  • To equip middle school student leaders with a basic understanding of the art and science of leadership.
  • To promote the drug-free ethic among middle school student leaders by using CAP cadets as role models.
  • To provide a venue for cadet officers and NCOs to apply their leadership skills.
  • To increase the Cadet Program's visibility in the community and boost cadet recruiting. 

Program Resources

Title Documents Additional Resources
Curriculum Guide 
Includes all lesson plans & kickoff memo
PDF Errata - Nov 16
Letter to School Principal Word  
Poster  (11 x 17) PDF  
Roster PDF  
Lesson 1 - Welcome & Overview Lesson Plan Slides
Lesson 2 - The Maze Lesson Plan  
Lesson 3 - Leadership at the Movies Lesson Plan: Invictus  
  Lesson Plan: Miracle  
Lesson 4 - Servant Leadership Lesson Plan Slides
Lesson 5 - Goal Setting Lesson Plan Slides
Lesson 6 - Indiana's Challenge Lesson Plan  
Lesson 7 - CAP Cadet Programs Lesson Plan Slides    Video 
Graduation Certificate Fill-able PDF  
Wallet Card  (for graduates) PDF - single PDF - 9/page
Student Guide PDF- full color  


Printer Friendly Student Guides

Title Full Page Download Booklet Download
Invictus Full Page Booklet
Miracle Full Page Booklet



No registration necessary!  To host an RRLA please download the curriculum guide and materials.  NHQ no longer mails DVDs for the Leadership at the Movies section, but they can be downloaded or obtained through commercial sources.


Final Report

There is a new eServices module currently under development to record RRLA participation for the Quality Cadet Unit Award. Scheduled for release in 2019.  Until it's available, please email with your RRLA completion to recieve credit.  Include unit charter number, number of cadets participating, number of students attended and name of school.  


Squadron Recognition

Wings may print certificates of recognition for presentation by the Wing Commander at an appropriate venue.  


Point of Contact: Andrea Love

Last updated: 7 February 2019


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