D.A.R.E TO KEEP KIDS OFF DRUGS
D.A.R.E. - Drug Abuse Resistance Education is a prevention education program taught by law enforcement officers. Developed in 1983 in Los Angeles, the program has spread world-wide. The DARE Program is taught in every state and several foreign nations. D.A.R.E. has become the most popular drug education program in the country.
Each officer teaching the program has received 80 hours of intense training. Officers selected to teach are expected to have a minimum of 2 years of street experience and an exemplary record.
The curriculum is based on providing accurate information to fifth or sixth grade students about drugs and their abuse in the local community. Also included is decision making skills, violence, self esteem and how to say no to peer pressure. Through role-playing and group discussion students are taught the positive alternatives to drugs. Each student that completes the ten week program gets to participate in a special D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF D.A.R.E.?
The primary goal of D.A.R.E. is to prevent substance abuse among school age children. The D.A.R.E. program targets children at an age when they are most receptive to drug prevention education and before they are likely to have experimented with tobacco, alcohol and drugs. D.A.R.E. seeks to prevent adolescent substance abuse, thus reducing the demand for drugs. The D.A.R.E. curriculum focuses on the following objectives for student learning.
* Provides the skills of recognizing and resisting social pressures to experiment with tobacco, alcohol and drugs;
* Helps enhance self esteem;
* Teaches positive alternatives to substance abuse and other destructive behaviors (particularly gangs and violence);
* Develops skills in risk-assessment, decision making and conflict resolution; and
* Builds interpersonal and communication skills.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS INVOLVED WITH D.A.R.E.?
The costs for receiving D.A.R.E. are minimal. Expenditures include officer training, classroom materials, teaching aids and the officer's time in the classroom. These costs are the responsibility of the participating law enforcement agency and/or school.
WHO RECEIVES D.A.R.E.?
The D.A.R.E. core curriculum is delivered to fifth- and sixth-grade students. D.A.R.E. officers also make visitations to the kindergarten through fourth-grade classes where they are teaching.