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“I am grateful to DARE America’s message to promote self-awareness and inner-strength– it offers a lifestyle which focuses on helping others in community projects and on building independence, confidence and leadership as a means of abstaining from a lifestyle of drugs and alcohol. When children learn that they are “enough” they learn to rely on their own strengths rather than turn to outside dependencies. ”
D.A.R.E. is a unique, reliable, and effective system of delivering science- and evidence-based learning to students, kindergarten through 12th grade, about avoiding substance abuse and other high-risk behaviors. D.A.R.E. learning is conducted in schools, during class, by seasoned and specially trained law enforcement officers, whom have the experience and stature to credibly teach D.A.R.E. curricula.
Teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives.
The D.A.R.E. program was founded in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department, and quickly spread throughout the United States. The overwhelming success and demand for the program led to the creation of a national non-profit organization, named D.A.R.E. America. D.A.R.E. is the largest youth drug prevention program in the world. D.A.R.E. America servers as a resource to communities in establishing, overseeing, and improving local D.A.R.E. programs, D.A.R.E. has expanded in over 70% of the nation’s school districts and in 43 countries around the world.
A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse other dangerous behaviors.
STUDENT SAFETY & HEALTH
Despite significant declines in recent years, the abuse of and addiction to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco among America’s youth is still alarmingly high.
Drug and alcohol abuse induces risky or deadly behaviors that can result in suicide, driving while intoxicated, criminal activity, high-risk sex, and injurious accidents.
Tobacco, alcohol and other drug use can precipitate poor health, irreparable vital organ damage, debilitating addition, and premature death.
Substance abuse retards brain development and is many times more toxic to youth than adults.
D.A.R.E America saves lives and prevents injury by engaging with law enforcement, students, schools and parents/caregivers to effect D.A.R.E. provides students with the skills to make sound decisions as well as to avoid threats and violence attributable to bullying, gangs, cyber-bullying, and other high-risk behaviors.