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Dare Program

  • By: Sara Veblen-Mortenson
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

DARE is an acronym for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program and was created in 1983 by Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates. DARE is the most widely used drug use prevention program in the United States, being delivered to 26 million school children in nearly 75% of the nation's school districts, and to 10,000 million in more than 54 countries around the world.

DARE's primary mission is to provide children and adolescents with the information and skills they need to live drug-and-violence-free lives by equipping children and youths with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and, instead, allow them to focus on their strengths and potential. Additionally, the program seeks to establish positive relationships between students and law enforcement, teachers, parents, ...

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