Why D.A.R.E.

The D.A.R.E. Mission

Teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives

The D.A.R.E. Vision

A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to
lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.

Why D.A.R.E….

D.A.R.E. is the most comprehensive K-12 prevention education curricula in the world taught in thousands of schools throughout America’s 50 states and its territories, as well as in 50+ other countries reaching more than 2 million students annually.

Comprehensive Curricula & Lessons

D.A.R.E.’s curricula are proven effective, impactful, and developmentally age-specific for all grades, pre K-2, 3rd and 4th grades, Elementary, Middle, and High School, and include supplemental enhancement lessons that include Opioid & Prescription Drug Abuse; Teen Mental Health/Suicide Prevention; Vaping Prevention; Internet Safety; and Bullying. Learn more

Comprehensive System of Advisory Boards

D.A.R.E. has always sought oversight for its activities with experts from various fields and has four longstanding advisory boards: Scientific Advisory Board, Education Advisory Board, Executive Law Enforcement Advisory Board, and Youth Advocacy Board. Learn more

Highly Trained Officers Deliver the Curricula

Only officers who are carefully vetted by leadership in their community’s law enforcement agency are sent to the D.A.R.E. Officer Training where the officers undergo a rigorous 80-hour training course conducted by a Facilitator, multiple Mentors, and an Educator each with significant numbers of years of classroom experience.

Annual International Training Conference

Since 1991, D.A.R.E. has each year held its Annual International Training Conference for D.A.R.E. officers and educators offering dozens of workshops covering new enhancement lessons, updates to the curricula, and specific topics that help the officers address issues experienced by youth in K-12 grades.

D.A.R.E. America/International

D.A.R.E. America/International is the corporate 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides critical functions and ensures program fidelity without which local national and international programs would not succeed. Among its responsibilities are:

  • Development and Implementation of Curricula & Lessons
  • Writing, Designing and Publishing all Educational Materials
  • Ensuring Program Fidelity
  • Marketing D.A.R.E. Programs throughout America and the world
  • Government & Corporate Relations
  • Program Preservation and Expansion
  • Governance
  • Fund Development

Curriculum Endorsements

  • Surgeon General Report – The Surgeon General’s 2016 landmark report entitled, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, concluded that alcohol and drug misuse, disorders, and addiction, are among America’s most pressing public health concerns. As the Surgeon General’s report states, “The good news is that there is strong scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of prevention programs and policies.” D.A.R.E.’s keepin’ it REAL curriculum is among a number of programs the Surgeon General identifies as building social, emotional, cognitive, and substance refusal skills that provide children accurate information on rates and amounts of peer substance use.
  • The President’s 2017 Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis – This Presidential Commission’s report states…Substance abuse prevention is a process which requires a shift in behavior, culture, and community norms…When evidence-based programs are selected for specific populations and implemented with fidelity, they can be effective. The Commission’s report identifies D.A.R.E.’s keepin’ it REAL as one such intervention programs.
  • United Nations – D.A.R.E. is the only international drug prevention curricula to hold consultative status with the Committee on Non-Government Organizations of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
  • Scientific American – In its September 10, 2014 issue, Scientific American published an article entitled, The New D.A.R.E. Program – this one works. The article notes that Richard Clayton, Ph.D., a retired prevention researcher formerly of the University of Kentucky, who was once an outspoken critic of D.A.R.E., has since joined D.A.R.E.’s board of directors and chairs its Scientific Advisory Committee.

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Copyright © 2020 D.A.R.E. America.
All Rights Reserved.