Present This year 3.5 million school children around the world 26 million in the U.S. will benefit from D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in nearly 75 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 52 countries around the world.
D.A.R.E. is a police officer led series of classroom lessons that teaches children in fifth and seventh grades how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives. The program, which was developed jointly by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District, initially focused on elementary school children. It has now been expanded to include middle school students.
The Launching of D.A.R.E. America overwhelming national and international demand for D.A.R.E. led to the creation of a national non-profit organization. D.A.R.E. America serves a resource to communities, helping to establish and improve local D.A.R.E. programs. D.A.R.E. America provides officer training, supports the development and evaluation of the D.A.R.E. curriculum, provides student educational materials monitors instruction standards and program results and creates national awareness for D.A.R.E.