D.A.R.E.´s strategy was developed in 1983 in Los Angeles, California as a cooperative effort between the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Since its inception, the D.A.R.E. program has expanded to all fifty states in the U.S. and 52 countries around the world.
D.A.R.E. in Canada
Currently, through the dedicated efforts of a variety of concerned Canadians, there are approximately 15,000 grade 5 and 6 students being taught the D.A.R.E. program across Canada.
Across Canada, there are 400,000 students in grades 5 or 6 that would benefit from the D.A.R.E. program - today we are reaching less than 4% of them!
D.A.R.E. to Educate!
The D.A.R.E. instructors are carefully selected, thoroughly trained, uniformed law enforcement officers dedicated to the D.A.R.E. objectives. The D.A.R.E. curriculum focuses on providing kids with the following:
- Skills for recognizing and resisting pressure to experiment with tobacco, alcohol and drugs.
- Enhanced self-esteem.
- Positive alternatives to substance use.
- Risk management and decision-making skills.
- Improved interpersonal and communication skills.